EXTERMINATOR! by William S. Burroughs

EXTERMINATOR!

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another compendium of sci-fi, horror-erotica, and general culture-snuffing by America's richest ex-junkie. Familiar albeit new is "The Lemon Kid" who puts the whammy on show-biz folk; "Johnny 23" that offs hostile vibes (and unfortunately people) via "virus replication outside the body"; Bently the kiss of death; scientologists galore; the Purple Better One ("a friend to all good Darkies everywhere"); pictures that cause visual stigmata by visual power; plus endless sodomistic adolescents, sadistic cops, doped-out freaks -- skeletons of ten movies Burroughs will only give stage directions for. He may be our only writer whose socio-political apocalyptica transcend both paranoia and triviality; his imagination is superb, his ear savagely satiric, but something is missing...missing...the parts are better than the whole...we need the novel Burroughs is never going to write.
Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1973
ISBN: 0140050035
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1973




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