I read Lance Carbuncle’s debut novel, Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed, even though it’s not my usual choice of reading. I had many laughs with his riotous characters, so decided to get this second book, Grundish and Askew.
I found it to be equally as outrageous, and his tale quite original. Grundish and Askew are the quirkiest characters to come down the pike (via the trailer park stereotype) since Dumb and Dumber (Unrated) [Blu-ray]. They get into more trouble than any of Quentin Tarantino’s characters ever thought about. From Askew’s snaggle-toothed, teen-prostitute girlfriend to his bonkers, “oldtimers” aunt, I liked all the characters and felt sympathy for them, even though they were not always honest and law-abiding. The one honorable thing that stands out about Grundish and Askew is their undying loyalty to each other.
To some people this is a five-star book, but he went a bit too far for my more “senstive” tastes. And that’s saying a lot because I do love satire and humor. But I reluctantly deduct one star for that reason. However, he is a good writer and very imaginative, so he should go far in today’s world where the majority of young people “eat this stuff up.”
It takes a special type of sick humor to write books like these, and I appreciate Carbuncle’s “twisted specialness.” The proof of his malady is in his writing. I say that with good cheer and much respect for this author …lol (I can see Jim Carrey playing either character, should this be made into a movie.)
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, Author of “Dream Reachers” (with Chase Von) and other novels