In King Biscuit, Michael Loyd Gray returns once again to his fictional burg of tiny Argus, Illinois, (the setting of his novels Well Deserved and Not Famous Anymore), to tell a coming of age story set in 1966. With the Vietnam War hovering in the background. Seventeen-year-old Billy Ray Fleener, frustrated by the narrow confines of Argus, seeks adventure and a look at the wider world in a novel that puts him on a collision course with the famous as well as infamous.
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This was a very quick read, and there were several things about this book that captured my interest. I enjoyed that Bloomington, Illinois was part of the setting. My ex was from there, and I lived there for a time. I was intrigued with all the historical references. I don't know much about the Vietnam War era, but I am familiar with many things during that time period. I was not offended at the references to God. I felt that it reflected the popular thinking during that time period. Being a musician myself, I rather enjoyed these sections, too. I almost forgot. I enjoyed the literary references, too. I will be honest that I did not like the profanity, the morals, the alcohol/drug scenes, nor the sexual references. I understand that all of this adds to the ambience of the time period of the novel, but I could have done without much if not all of it. It bothers me that this appears to be geared towards upper high school, but I wouldn't want my daughter reading it even once she turned 18. I wish that books such as this that are marketed to young adults would emphasize more of a positive environment in order to send the right message to young people, but that is just my opinion. On the positive side, the author is very readable, and I believe many people would appreciate this boo, I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.