In the early 1990s, a popular exercise in many college classrooms was to have one student write a paragraph, then have the next student add to it. The process never created anything worth reading for the same reason this book doesn't work. The authors didn't work together, they--competed without thought for the readers who would be trying to follow the story. Read anything else by Lisa Lutz, but skip this.
This strange noir mystery involving a brother and sister begins when they find a body in their yard missing its head and believe they better get rid of it secretly so that local police don't discover their marijuana growing operation... From there, it just gets stranger....! Probably because there are two authors writing alternate chapters and killing off (and then bringing back to life!) each other's favorite characters!
This work is very uneven. The reasons for this are obvious due to the duel carried out between the two authors. This duel offers some humorous insight into the construction of novels and is rather entertaining in and of itself. However, it is not enough to overcome the fact that, in the end, the book, like the arguments between the authors, has many unresolved issues. Even so, it is fun.
Okay, don't go into this book thinking you're reading it for the story because you aren't. Or at least you shouldn't be. This book is all about the friction between the two authors and how they get back at each other, whether it's directly or via their characters. It was very entertaining. I laughed out loud more than once. I highly recommend it!
I AM A HUGE LISA LUTZ FAN, but did not enjoy this book due to it's divergent style. THIS NOVEL IS WRITTEN AS A COMPILATION OF LETTERS WRITTEN BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN AUTHORS. While it was funny at moments, I felt less in the head of the characters. Although I am aware that many people don't feel the need to see, think, and feel moment to moment what the main character(s) are experiencing, for me, I can not get into this written perspective. I WOULD NOT DISCOURAGE ANYONE FROM READING THIS BOOK as the writing is well done -just not to my tastes.
I am loving this book so far. I found it in a bargain basement sale at a book store and have had it in my possession for over a year. It is a mystery about a couple of sibling pot growers in a small town who find a dead body outside their property who get rid of the body (b/c of the pot growing) only to have the body reappearing on their land.The amusing part of this book is that it is written by two authors who formally dated in the past and write alternating chapters. Included in the book are their notes to one another, making for another interesting read.More people die in this book than in any other book I've ever read! If they don't clear up all these murders I'm going to be ticked. I'm almost more interested in the murders of those who were actually in the book then in the murder of the headless body at this point. I have a vested interest in those people.Well some how they tidied it all up and even through in an interesting ending to boot. It was a great break from the intense Scadinavian mystery novels I usually read.
An interesting premise for a book. Lisa Lutz developed the premise and started the book, then traded off writing chapters with David Hayward. The interaction between the two authors is, in the end, more interesting than the story they pull together.
This book was a lot of fun if you are looking for something out of the ordinary to read. Two authors - one writing a chapter after another with comments and cracks at each other in between. At times you are hoping they are joking because it gets a little nasty but its got some funny insight into how the writing process could be and the author/ego connection.
I too am a big fan of Ms. Lutz; however, I did not enjoy this book at all. The only reason I slogged through this book (after several attempts) was for a book club. I did not find the actual story remotely interesting. Nor did I find anything useful or insightful with regards to the writing process.
While not nearly so funny as Lutz's solo works, this book is fascinating for the insight it gives into the co-writing process, not to mention failed relationships in general. Of course, my friend thinks the whole thing is a hoax and the authors are not in fact at one another's throats. You be the judge.
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