Required Reading

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Less Than Hero by S.G. Browne

This is black humor at it's peak.  The main protagonist is an aimless young man who panhandles and sells his body for drug trials.  The travesty of his life is illustrated by his lack of ambition and his less than stellar personality.  How  he and a band of not so merry misfits impact New York City is the basis of the story.

Lloyd is an unlikeable protagonist with a sub-teen level of ambition and maturity.  The author has a distinctly different look at life. In the last book of his I read,  I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus, I was struck by how his unique sense of humor can arouse intellectual humor.   The contrast of the loser squad and their attempts to be more than they could be are poignantly painful.   Lloyd and his pals are so pathetic that you bleed for them as you stifle your laughter.  Stifling due the fact that is just seems wrong to find their lives and actions funny.

Don't despair, the ending will be better than you think. 

This is a book for thoughtful reading as it casts light on a segment of society that for most of us is totally foreign.

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