October 29, 2005
I have read a couple of Dennis Cooper's novels, and have always been impressed. God Jr. started out on that road, setting up an interesting plot (a man paralyzed in an accident builds a monument to the son he accidentally killed). To try and understand his son, he begins playing the teen's favorite video game. Unfortunately, this trippy (literally) interaction grew tedious and predictable at the expense of the rest of the story. Not a bad book, but not one I'd recommend. Thanks to my friend Jeff in San Antonio for the recommendation, though, and to show no hard feelings I'm sending him a copy of comedian Chris Elliott's first novel, The Shroud of the Thwacker, which is also the next book I will read.