Gilbert Cruz
October 18, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Love Don't Live Here No More

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Snoop Dogg, David E. Talbert
publisher
Atria
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C-

There’s no way to gauge how much Snoop Dogg participated in the writing of his debut novel, which centers on Ulysses, a young Long Beach, Calif., man torn between the drug-dealing life and the rhyme life. For all of the focus on Ulysses’ freestyle skills, though, we never actually see any lyrics, which is unforgivable given that a rapper’s name is on the jacket. With characters that pile stereotype upon ghetto stereotype, this 8 Mile/Get Rich or Die Tryin’ mash-up gets no love. Worse, the subtitle of Love Don’t Live Here No More, ”Doggy Tales: Vol. 1,” suggests that there are more books on the way.

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