Lint

Author(s): Steve Aylett
Publisher: Snowbooks
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781905005352
ASIN: 1905005350
Release Date: 14th August 2007
Rating:
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Review

Jeff Lint is the subject of this surreal and satirical biography penned by Steve Alyett. Lint is a pulp science fiction author who started his career writing short stories for penny dreadfuls with outlandish titles such as Troubling Developments and Tales to Appalland graduated to the novel with One Less Person Lying and Jelly Result. The biography is written in the beat style of Kerouac and Burroughs, presumably because references to these two are littered in the text and are clear influences on Aylett, and in addition presumably because the fictional Lint wrote in such a style. Yet this style grates the reader and quickly errs towards tedium, with the book becoming a challenge to read.

Despite this being a satirical book, there is an acute shortage of humour, and I found myself smiling (at best) on merely one occasion due to a reference to the ever pompous Martin Amis. Most of the humour is laboured, pointless and signposted well in advance. In addition, the book is a one trick pony - once it's established you are going to read nonsensical narrative for the following 182 pages there will be no surprises (pleasant or otherwise) in store. It's a while since I've been in a position to revile such a boring and unfunny book as this, but all I can do is strongly suggest anyone in a position to read it should run away - fast!