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Sixties Novels, Part 44


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YOUR SPARKLE CAVALCADE OF DEATH, Robert Shiarella, Viking, 1974

Many of the items in this series I would not bother reading. But this one looks like an exception to that rule. With endorsements from Cassill and Kotzwinkle, chances are greater than average that its satire would still hold up today. A cursory scan of the text seems to portend stylistic verve and zippy plotting.

What ever happened to the author? So far as I can see, this is his only novel. He had a promising start. The book seems to have been excerpted in PENTHOUSE. (NOTE: link is mildly NSFW in a mammary fashion.)

http://www.magazine-empire.com/PENTmagPENT197406.htm

On this recent listserv transcription, people claim RS is still alive, and a friend of Kotzwinkle's.

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0305b&L=ads-l&P=2384

There's one other book extant by someone of the same name: a guide to Buddhist meditation.

http://www.javaslublu.com/NonFiction/Religion/0916W077.html

One can easily conjure a scenario typical of the Sixties, where the author got religion and abandoned fiction writing.


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