Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede by Bradley Denton

is really nifty. It begins (like Tristram Shandy) with the story of the hero's conception, but, unlike TS, it skips immediately from that to the beginning of the really weird things that start happening when he is, "as a multicellular process," thirty years old. The book continues thoughout to alternate between his current odd experiences and his autobiography up to this point as supplemented by his dead mother's diaries. It is told from several viewpoints, but, since each section is plainly headed with the name of the character, there is no difficulty in keeping up with who is saying what. There are a lot of cool characters, a fast-moving plot, interesting thought, and an extremely funny writing style. Highly recommended. (4/95)

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