Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I rarely laugh out loud, literally, while reading anything. There was one book that really made me have plenty of side-splitting, can't breathe, uncontrollable laughter...that was called "A Confederacy Of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole, look it up...
Anyway, fast forward about 10 years of reading and nothing has come close. Then one day I picked up an issue of A Dummy's Guide To Danger by Jason Burns and it happened again. I am not kidding when I say this: I had to buy a new copy of issue one because I spit-laughed my coffee all over it. I'm. Not. Kidding.
Now, I met Jason Burns at a signing at my local comic shop and was lucky enough to get some of my issues signed by him and pick up his latest: Imaginary Friends.
That night I read it...and yes. I laughed again as hard as possible. Seriously people, this guy is just not right. There really needs to be a law against having such a grasp of dry, dark humor. Because he would have broken that law twice with me now and he'd be locked away for good...he's the John Gotti of funny.
So I picked up his Jenna Blue. This is one of his more serious works...it's about an assassin with a special set of traits, set out to assassinate some targets with whom she finds she shares said special traits. A page turner unfolds that, before you know it, the book will have ended. I simply started again from page one. You're still going to find yourself laughing, mind you, because Jenna Blue is one bad-ass with a brain.
This guy is brilliant. He can do it all. So I went searching for more of his stuff and I've already pre-ordered We The People and
Killer Diller. I'm that confident that Burns will deliver again and again.
With money as tight as it is these days I've had to trim a lot of gristle from my pull list. Thankfully talent like Burns is here to fill that void.