Disclaimer: Gregor Xane is a good friend of mine. We speak daily. I also helped to design the layout of the cover for the hardcover edition and did the font work on the Kindle and paperback covers, although the artwork is all Mike Tenebrae’s fault. And before you brush this review off as a biased review from a friend, I am overly critical of the people I surround myself with. I don’t kiss anyone’s ass and I sure as shit am not going to help promote someone I don’t think deserves it. Gregor is one of the good ones. Probably the best indie author working right now. That is my honest opinion.
Now for a little goofiness.
My buddy Gregor knows his way around weird. He’s spent a significant amount of time honing his craft and perfecting the art of explaining the unexplainable. While he is my friend, I look forward to his newest work like I do the works of Stephen King and Rachel Ray and John from the now disbanded band John and Kate Plus Eight. And, once you’ve completed Taboogasm, I’m sure you’ll become a dedicated Xanist, as well. But first, a history lesson.
My purely-platonic-yet-erotic man-crush on Gregor Xane started when I read his debut, Six Dead Spots, and gave it a critical review. Gregor contacted my eliteness soon after to express how much he wanted to massage my manly bits. I responded by telling him I was married but we could totally cyber sex like it was 1999 as long as he agreed not to tell my wife about our late-night, virtual saber-clashing sessions. Between rugged hammering of each other’s tent stakes, Gregor asked me to do a proofread of another piece of classy literature entitled The Hanover Block. I fangirled all over that thing until it became stiffer than a pair of old sweat socks baked in a kiln. Since then Gregor’s sexy ass has taken me from mound pounding to goat loving to puppet shows to cattle farming, until finally we stopped here at Taboogasm.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Who the fuck is Edward Lorn and why should I care what he thinks?” I have no answer to that question. But what I do know is that Gregor Xane should be a household name by now. It is an affront to Tom Cruise’s good name that Gregor Xane is not on the tip of your tongue every morning and the last thing in your mouth before you kiss your significant other goodnight in the evening. And Taboogasm is a damn good reason as to why that should be the case. This man has proven he can write anything and write it well. But what I find most impressive about Gregor’s writing is the fact that he can make the craziest shit so damn real and enthralling. Because, in the hands of a lesser author, his premises would not be taken seriously. It is a testament to Gregor’s writing chops that I was able to suspend my disbelief while reading the story you are about to experience. For fuckery is afoot, and you’re about to have one helluva freaky ride.
In summation: Taboogasm is a must read for many reasons, but the simplest reason is the best one. You have never and will never read anything like it. Come for the experience. Stay for the fantastic writing.
Final Judgment: Men’s Adventure with a Xanist twist.