All he ever wanted was a detonator (tempusfugit78) wrote in double_t_books,
All he ever wanted was a detonator

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I waited a year..

And though it might not be the usual fare for many in this community, I present to you, Tristan Egolf. An odd little man who decided that small town life wasn't his cup of tea, he wrote a trio of books that managed to be funny, but also poke the sides of middle America in such a way that would make sense to few, but enrapture those who braved to plow into his novels.

Lord Of The Barnyard is the first one that was published, describing the life of a ner-do-well who gets raised in the Bible Belt and eventually breaks down and begins to despise the hypocrisy that surrounds him concerning religion, the lower class and anyone else who can't see their hand in front of their face. It's about intelligence thriving in stupidity, a theme he would keep up for the rest of his short-lived life.

"Skirt And The Fiddle" is about a classical musician who decides to throw away it all and live in skid row with a bunch of men who exterminate rats for a living. The reasons for his premature retirement are hilarious, if not obviously sad to anyone who even knows the rate at which music is disintegrating these days. It's like a Tom Waits song expanded to novel form, with all sorts of down and outs huddling together to make a quick buck but it ultimately explores the passions one must weigh when deciding the rest of their life.

Last, but not least, Kornwolf is about an Amish lad who quickly learns that he is a lycanthrope. Not the ordinary kind who will turn into a wolf and then recede upon sunlight. No, he is the summation of every amish boy's fears and repressed emotions, so he has quite a burden to carry. Oddly enough, his transmogrification is via Slayer during the opening chapters of the book, as the music drives him to a bloodlust few see in the average wolfman. Granted, he has the average backwoods brethren to tear through, but he makes short work of their flesh on learning the nature of his being. A darkly funny novel, I recommend it to anyone who has been privy to the oodles of disappointment that decorates life.

That is all.
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