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A Game of Groans: A Sonnet of Slush and Soot Kindle Edition
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And they have the nerve to charge ten bucks?!
Knowing what I know now I wouldn't recommend this book if it cost one dollar.
I didn't finish this book nor will I, it wasn't worth the headache of trying to wade through the deluge of awful jokes.
NOW I know why the bookseller kept this little piece of many-days-old fish in a sealed bag, so that one could only read the blurb on the back. If I had had a chance to peruse the text within, I would never have purchased it.
The "parody" character names are so often not obvious, that many times I had to guess which original character the author might be referencing until sufficient context was established. For example, "Gateway" simply is not evocative of "Catelyn", when one knows the nickname for the original character is "Cat" not "Cate", which influences the pronunciation of the original name to start with the sound "Cat". "Barker = "Stark"? (The single syllable "Bark" would have been a better choice.) "Jagweed" = "Jaime" (Jay-mee); also NOT even a sound-alike, and what the heck does it mean? A variety of marijuana?), "Headcase" = "Eddard"; wha--? The marijuana references are stale (MY line), and often obscure. And honestly: deciding to swap out the term "bastard" with "jerkoff" throughout the story is simply..... pathetic. Not funny, not even "funny-peculiar". Fart jokes abound ad nauseum (that's MY line), which gets very old, very fast. Was this written by a 12-year-old boy at summer camp?
The parody characters themselves were typically vastly out-of-character with respect to the original characters being parodied, which is simply poor / lazy writing.
With fond memories of "Bored of the Rings", I had picked up this book hoping for something similar, but it is nowhere remotely in the same league. Worse, many pages into it, I got tired of waiting for something truly funny to show up - this book was simply BORING. I felt a sudden desire to attend another "Eye of Argon" reading, to make up for my sufferings by immersing myself in something TRULY funny.
If I could give this book zero stars, I would, seriously; because I found it to be a complete waste of $10. The only ones laughing here would be the author, publisher, and seller; on their way to the bank.
Sigh; whatever shall I do.... Too light for a doorstop, this might probably become a preferred gag gift, much like the fabled decades-old holiday fruitcake that is sent on to another unwitting recipient each year. It could be left as a gag item on the "new book freebie" table at the next SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) Nebula Awards ceremony! - Assuming I didn't get caught. :p Or, maybe I have a rickety coffee table that could use a leg prop. Or something...
Do not buy this book.
One surprising bit was what seemed to me to be a lifting of most of the action from Chris Miller's story "The Night of the Seven Fires" (from the October 1974 issue of _National Lampoon_): the prose differs, but I immediately got the feeling that I'd read it before.
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