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Posted March 31, 2004
What's the fuss...
A friend of mine is a big fan of Poppy Brite's work. As I do not particularly care for the horror genre, I always declined the invitation to borrow my friend's books. So, when 'Liquor' came out and I saw it in the store (and that it wasn't horror), I thought I'd give it a try. I have only one question. What's the fuss? I found this book to be surprisingly dull with characters who are not particularly personable or well drawn. The 'plot' deals with Rickey and G-Man (the former being an annoying whiner) opening their own restaurant, one which has every dish prepared with Liquor. Unfortunately, Rickey's ex-boss decides to plot revenge. But the revenge he plots (and fails to enact) is c-grade at best. The dialog is perhaps the weakest in any novel I have ever read, with lines that are so stilted at times they sound as if someone from a family named Brady should be saying them. When the restaurant opens (finally) is the only time the novel works as it injects some energy into what, up until then, had been a plodding discovery of our lead characters' character (or lack thereof). All and all, I've had my taste of Poppy Brite. I doubt I'll be back for more. There are too many excellent novels out there to waste time on a penny dreadful.
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