Well, getting to know an author, even on the Net(Fidonet SF, to be precise) makes one inclined to give him a second chance. The Kruton Interface was the first that presented itself. I can only hope it's not representative.
It has problems. Okay, I know, or can guess, why it has most of them. It was originally a play--I presume also written by DeChancie. It's humour, which is also tricky to try--and the kind of humour that works well on stage does not necessarily work well in book form. I kept reading it and saying, "If I saw this on stage, I'd be laughing my ass off." But I was not, at the time, laughing my ass off reading it on the page. Perhaps someone with a more vivid imagination would.
I'd love to see the play someday. And I will continue to try DeChancie's other stuff--I've heard his Starrigger books are good, and Magicnet(from those with advance copies)...but this one just kept missing.
%A DeChancie, John
%T The Kruton Interface
%C New York
%D September 1993
%G ISBN 0-441-14227-3
%P 185 pp.
%O Paperback, US$5.99, Can$4.50
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