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They say TV is a cool media. Bill Carter's astonishing research and powerful story telling talent have created a book to rival or maybe exceed Walter Isaacson's almost legendary bio on Steve Jobs! This is a dazzling tale of perhaps the end of a great era in broadcasting... late night network television broadcasting. If you thought you knew the ending of the Letterman/Leno/Conan/Kimmel/Stewart/Colbert/Chandler/Ferguson/Fallon duke-'em-out-after-11 PM saga... Well, you don't. Or at least you didn't know how all of their parts fit together through the inexorable pressures to deliver what business competitors need to survive.
What's wonderful about Carter's talent is that every single character in this masterpiece is sympathetic. There are no villains of the piece... unless it's scarcity. The fact is that there is only one "Tonight" show slot. Only really room for three major contenders for a viable audience slice immediately after 11. And many more talented/balanced/nuanced human beings to manage and to fill the hole. Carter makes it clear that scarcity demands that choices be made. And the UN-chosen will always be disappointed along with his/her fans.
This is a story of achievement and disappointment. that really ought to be read as an allegory for things well beyond TV, entertainment, the inter-generational clash of cultures, and Late Night. The message and the vehicle are huge.Bill Carter turns the cool medium's competition over a tiny portal to millions of homes into a hot message.
Well plotted financial murder mystery swirled within a nifty psychological drama. Perhaps a few too many characters, which Erik Bermann found tad hard to keep distinct, but not a bad ensemble. I liked it enough that I'll get the next Jason Stafford novel, he's an interestingly flawed detective in an unusual field.
Asimov warned that Sci-Fi needs to be driven by the "Sci" or it's just plain "Fi". Too often contemporary SF wants to be socio-political screed warped to some other similar culture or world. It's preaching in drag. McDevitt's piece has a spark of BIG TODAY ISSUE as part of the fuse to its powder, but its peripheral. He pulled in my imagination with a "Sci" mystery wrapped in a philosophical then cultural puzzles. Sweeeeet!
Tom Weiner's read's just fine. Oh sure a couple of the character voices overlap, but he's good enough. Love the risky way McDevitt treats important characters. And there's neither sexist damsel in distress nonsense, nor over reach to make all the men bumblers. He's created a cast of equals.
Now this cast ain't vying to create great literature… what they do is rise a tad beyond comic books, but that tad's fun, the plot's reasonably thrilling. And yeah, there's a cinematic thrum throughout. McDevitt should be, if he's not, a screen writer. I'll buy the next in this series...
I don't need 15 words to say, "Yikes!", "Wow!" or "Wheeee!" Here's the deal. This is the first Dave Guerney novel from John Verdon. It is so gooood I'm afraid to buy the next. Did Verdon save up a lifetime of deviously complex ideas and empty his tank into "Think Of A Number"? Should I even get "Shut Your Eyes Tight"? AAARGH! This is what puzzle psychological murder mysteries should be. "Think Of A Number" ought'a be Webster's definition for the genre.
If you and I share any taste in thriller detective mysteries (see my reviews - I'm tough!) then this… THIS IS A MUST READ, or um… HEAR!
Quibbles… George Newbern's not up to the complexity of these characters and has some trouble differentiating their voices. He's good enough. Oh… and it seems to start slowly… Careful, clues… clues… clues.. here to the process. Enjoy the depth…
This was good… Not great mind you, but no way bad. It's an intriguing puzzle mystery with abrupt twists and each piece fitting neatly at the end. Plus it doesn't drag with Gerard Doyle doing his expected job of vivid character creation through voices filled with … this time … burr-ing Scottish.
Unfortunately McDermid left himself with ends that weren't just loose but dangling and in a sort of pseudo epilogue the remaining characters do a lot of 'splain'in' to one another to tie things together. And they do, and that's cool. I'll probably listen to another McDermid, especially if he teams with Doyle.
Should you read it? Damned if I know. Knowing what I know now, I'd probably buy it anyway. Hmm. Yeah, definitely.
This was EXACTLY what I wanted. A basic explanation about the link between nutrition and fitness done be a world class expert who speaks colloquial English. Did I know some of this stuff. Sure, I'm a literate adult. Did I know all of it, or how it fit together… NOPE! Now I do. Nuff said.
I've enjoyed Stuart Woods. But mystical stuff doesn't crank my handle. I bought this on the strength of my past Wood experiences. Okay… my fault, I'll read the reviews before getting another of his novels. If you like ghostly explanations for mysteries… You could like this one fine. Me? Not so much. Finished it though. So, it was a three star experience.
Let me repeat…. "UGH!" Oh, and then there's Scott Brick at his most portentous. Double "UGH!" To be fair, it may have become better after the first hour… I can't tell ya. You know why? Uh-huh…. "UGH!"
I read Max Allan Collins novels way back in the 80s. Fortunately he wrote about the 30s & 40s…keeping his stuff as fresh as the morning's catch then as it is right now. Collins was one of, maybe the first, hard-boiled detective creator to plop his lead character, Nathan Heller, among real historical folks, some still notorious, others with names that niggle at the back of your memory, where something vouches for their credentials as actual denizens of a nasty Chicago.
OK… lemme keep this short. True Detective is a wonderful trip down in a time bathysphere into a murky place. Yep… WONDERFUL. And Dan John Miller brings it all back to me, creating a vivid sense of that place in my mind again just as perfectly as I imagined it when as a youngster I read Max Allen Collins novels way back in the 80s………...
I'm old enough to recall the 70s, and apparently Boyle is old enough to recall all of its clichés. Not only did few of the 'alternative people' talk like this, most were too narcotically numbed to think like this. Few spoke in song lyrics or slick-magazine-babble phrases. If you're you're born after 1980 and after a trip to the time, hunt elsewhere. If you want Lord of the Flies in Drop-Out drag… well, this ain't it kid. Better yet, just read "Flies" and skip this altogether. Zzzzzzzzzzz…..
You will guess at the nature of the ending, but you will keep listening for the specifics. In between you will not go to sleep. The Abel and Muller team are OK. It is not bad and a bit different. I bought it on sale and the price was right.
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