By G.W. Davies
Paging Tom Robbins!
Beast is a hippie drifter searching for the meaning of life. He finds that meaning in cult leaders Bo and Peep and follows them to a commune in the wilds of Montana where they and their followers, known as the Brothers and Sisters of the Cosmic I Am, are waiting for the imminent arrival of their space alien brethren. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty. Beast shows up at the commune with a small collection of people in tow, many of whom turn out to be certifiable. If they weren't nuts when they arrived they will be in very short order. These include a girl who has recently been de-programed from the last cult; a jazz trumpeter with a raging heroin addiction; and a former Hollywood producer, a raging perv, whose own commune was recently bankrupted by the IRS.
In the beginning the brothers and sisters are all getting along famously, but it doesn't take long for trouble to arrive. The commune is splitting into two factions: one supporting Bo and Peep and the other worshipping Chad, the jazz trumpeter, who keeps losing limbs. Then someone begins stalking and attacking the brothers and sisters and peace and love take a backseat. It is up to Beast to save the day!
I enjoyed this book. It's different, a blend of genres, blurring all the lines. Their is a myriad of sex romping through this book and some of you will find it objectionable. Otherwise, if you're a Tom Robbins fan, you will like this one too.