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The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing

The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing - Nicholas Rombes I received a promotional copy through the First Reads program.

Rating: Soft 4 - more 3 1/2 than 4.

It's definitely original. I got the feeling I was reading something different, something unusual. There's a stripped-down quality that works, in the novel proper as well as in the films described in the novel.

That being said, I never really bought Laing's explanation for why the films had to be destroyed. Also, the ending was a bit of an anti-climax.

It's worth mentioning that a Goodreads reviewer who's more of a cult film buff than I am gave this book a harsh review.

(I don't usually point out proofing overlooks, but Joe Lewis for Joe Louis? Come on, man.)