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Typical Laymon - difficult to put down,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Travelling Vampire Show (Paperback)The Travelling Vampire Show is not Laymon's best, but delivers the usual ingredients which mean you cannot put the thing down.
Laymon's USA is - and this applies to whatever year he sets the story - full of perverts, weirdos and axe wielding maniacs. As soon as your kids set foot out the door, they're in mortal danger. Laymon's world is also full of teenagers who are fixated on getting laid. They love sneaking peaks at cleavage, knickers and anything to satisfy their adolescent torment.
This story is set in 1963 and tells in first person (through the eyes of Dwight), 24 hours in the life of a 16 year old, with his best friends Slim and Rusty. Slim is a girl and Dwight is beginning to realise he has the hots for her. He is also finding his trousers swelling whenever he thinks of his sister-in-law Lee as well. When he sees a naked Valeria, his pants are ready to explode.
Slim seems to be an expert with bow and arrows and knives and Rusty is a flawed (!) chunky fellow who fancies anything with a pulse, but would sell his mother for a chocolate bar.
The tension builds towards the usual bloodfest climax and although there's a few points in the story which don't quite add up, its gripping all the same.
I would like to know where Lee went when they arrived at her house and she wasn't there. Everybody thought the worst, but she turned up in the end just in time for all her clothes to fall off. Joy. But her absence wasn't really explained - as though Laymon had a plan for her, but forgot in his lust driven finale.
Anyway, very typical Laymon, expertly written, great dialogue, keeps you engrossed to the end. Like a previous reviewer, I was sorry to hear of his death but hope that like 2-PAC and Bob Marley, he manages to keep on churning them out from beyond the grave. That would be just like him.