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Monday, May 23, 2011

New novel sparks RAW comparison

Randall Ravic, reviewing badbadbad by Jesus Angel Garcia, writes, "In the end, badbadbad comes across as the combined literary effort of Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robert Anton Wilson: subtle word play, bizarre humor, and unorthodox paradoxes, packaged in sizzling verbal pyrotechnics. Which translates to one heck of a good book.

"On the Read-O-Meter, which ranges from 1 star (ugh) to 5 stars (wowee), badbadbad receives 5 stars for wonderfully bad behavior."

I don't know if it counts as "wonderfully bad" behavior, but Radic himself is an author and a former pastor. He pleaded guilty to "betraying his flock and secretly selling the church and its rectory out from under them. He used the money to buy himself a brand-new black BMW and a laptop — exploits he later chronicled in a cheeky, almost gleeful blog about his double life as a sinner."