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So there I am, wandering down the halls of Amazon.Com.
Completely lost, I decide to randomly find books on mummies.
Oh my God!
The first one that catches my eye:
To Wake the Dead.
First of all, I had never heard of it or its author before.
I suppose those in the know will scoff, but there it is.
Reading each page more eagerly than the last, I zipped through the whole thing in a couple of hours.
Every character, and there were many, was justified by the great ending.
Sex was glorified and gorified in every possible, ridiculous way.
This might bother people without sex organs, but the rest of us love it!
One after the other, the mummy just wreaks havoc on everybody!!!
Nobody is spared some form of humiliation!!!
Everybody is fodder for the mummy, or each other.
I really loved this book.
Very often, over the top books like this one will be subjected to harsh literary criticism that just doesn't apply.
Weak, silly people who try to apply the normal authorial rules to a genius like this guy make me laugh!
If this is one of his lesser efforts, as some Amazon reviewers have said, I can't wait for the older stuff.
Laymon took off for parts unknown in 2001, and we won't be hearing back from him unless it's as a mummy.
Losing him seems tragic to me, in light of the supremacy of this book.
Bye bye, Richard, I'll miss you AND your books.
Every silver cloud has its platinum lining, or something, so I guess when I'm done catching up on all his other works, I'll be just about ready for cremation, myself.
Honestly, this book was the best, most exciting mummy tale I've ever seen.
Enough about that though.
Read it yourselves, as soon as possible.
Every minute you spend on it will reward you.
Sometimes life is too short to waste it all on board gaming and the like.
Have a care, though:
Once you pick this one up, you may have to TiVo your life for awhile.
Really!
Thanks for taking the time to let me wax enthusiastic for once.
Lonely is the way of the crank, but books like this fulfill that special need I have to read about people being utterly savaged by mummies.
You will not be disappointed by this book!
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Great. Something else to add to my Amazon wishlist...
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Reading Laymon is like getting a coffee enema: You're not sure if you like it until it's over, and you feel refreshed.

I think Laymon himself would have liked the analogy.
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Um... Scott? We're waiting...
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Bah, somebody probably alerted him, or else the trap failed due to the lack of auto-formatting that I was expecting from the editor....harumph.
 
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You've previously shown a love and respect for Gene Wolfe. You therefore cannot be so brain dead as to think Laymon was a good writer. Nice try, though, Crank. Nice try.
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Scott Firestone IV wrote:
You've previously shown a love and respect for Gene Wolfe. You therefore cannot be so brain dead as to think Laymon was a good writer. Nice try, though, Crank. Nice try.


Boy, am I glad to see you here!

And no, Cranky, I didn't alert anyone.
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Scott Firestone IV wrote:
You've previously shown a love and respect for Gene Wolfe. You therefore cannot be so brain dead as to think Laymon was a good writer. Nice try, though, Crank. Nice try.


...which reminds me, this comes out tomorrow!

http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Freedom-Sci-Essential-Books/dp/...

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Scott Firestone IV wrote:
You've previously shown a love and respect for Gene Wolfe. You therefore cannot be so brain dead as to think Laymon was a good writer. Nice try, though, Crank. Nice try.


Hahaha, it worked!!! Oh joy, now I have trapped not only Geosphere with the Hang Drum, but Scott F-4 with the Laymon. Oh frabjous day! Sorry Scott, the only way to avoid the pitfall was to not post in this thread at all. You got SERVED! (Whatever that actually means.)
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I will save Firestone. I too was trapped by Laymon once, but I escaped, scarred but safe.
 
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