There comes a point for any good artist, where in their performance they must back off of their talent and come back to the basics in order not to lose sight of their main objective. I compare this book to listening to a great guitarist doing nothing but playing one long a&* solo for ten hours straight. The first twenty minutes you think, this is great... then you have the same pointless performance for another 9 hours and 40 minutes. ..... DRONE......
I want story, not your random thoughts flung across the page. If this guy was published for that, then someone get my name out to a publishing house. My cover letter.....
Today, the intercity traffic was yellow. Cars flowed by on the street and fragmented along in the reflections of the glass skyscrapers as if they were salmon fighting their way upstream. Mrs. _______ approached the edge of the sidewalk and glanced down at the tips of open-toed shoes. They were forest green, but she swore that she had put on a pair of red shoes this morning. Matter of fact she swore that this morning was still in its process of taking place. Wasn't it? Had she even rolled out of bed yet?
She couldn???t remember.
A passing car's horn brought her attention back to the street. The little white man in the black box across the road began to blink, and the group of pedestrians that stood around her stepped down from the curb. She stepped to the street and faulted and watched the three lead people in the group walking away from her. Her shoes where now white....n blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...... this goes on for about another six pages and then for the ending.
Mrs.____ returned to sleep.
Who cares! Pointless just like this whole series of short stories.
Waste your talent on someone else next time.
I will say that I do like Kurt Vonnegut's style and more than a handful of his books. His way of writing is like an old friend with sad news that will tell it to you straight. The story itself was Ah... hard to determine.
I liked certain parts. I liked the writing, but the story feels as though it's missing something. It's interesting, but there is something missing.... I don't know what it is.
Am I glad I listened to it?
Will I again sometime in the future.
At the age of seventeen, I read the gunslinger. It was the first book I had ever picked up and finished for nothing more than enjoyment. This is the book that taught me that reading is, as they say, fun.
If you find samurai warriors and western cowboys interesting and honor and code to be something that we should all follow, then this is the book for you. I've read it three times and listened it at least five or six. The story is great and it only gets better as the books continue until the seventh and final book. I think, if you read this first book and find that you like Roland's character and the world he moves around in, then you are in for a hell of a ride over the next six novels.
Finally, someone that comes close to style of Hunter's rhythm and pitch and tone. Scott Sowers is an awful narrator of Thompson's work, but Phil Gigante comes as close to perfect as anyone we are likely to hear. The first two hours of the book are great. The letters between Jann Wenner and Hunter are pieced together wonderfully and make you feel as though you were standing over the shoulder of Hunter as the days wore on and he banged them out on his godforsaken type writer.
The book, however, takes a bit of a dip once it gets into the articles. Most of them are the same articles that run in other published works from hunter over his last years.
However, if you've never read any other recently published Hunter books, then you will find these articles to be very interesting-- which, by the way, they still are even hearing them for about the three time.
Overall, I rate it a 4... 5 for the Phil Gigante (PLEASE REDO HIS OTHER BOOKS ON HERE) I've read Fear and Loathing in Vegas three or four times over the past eight years and consider it in my top three favorite books of all time and would love to own a copy of you reading it.
I just didn't care. The circus was interesting, but I could care less about the rest of the story. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but after the first half I have no desire to finish the story.
This book, while well written, lacks a driving feel. To put it in its most simplest form... it's boring. There is the potential for a nice story and there is one in this book, but the lengths of details about wood working and the island drowns it.
Who cares about that stuff? It doesn't really move the story along.
As I said, this is well written. King is no doubt a great word smith, but the story... and it's always about the story, fell a little short of my desire.
I might try another book by her, but that, brothers and sisters of the written page, could be my folly..... :-)
This is one of those books that is not deep on any level. It's just wierd entertainment. Look to something else if you are looking for character development or theme... If you want the odd and bit of the macabre, then this is your book.
This book is way better than I remember it being and a thousand times better than the movie. Ethan Hawk does an awesome job as reader and sets the mood of this thing so well with just his tone. Well worth the purchase. I actually listened to it twice in a row to truly get a good feel for the flow of the story.
Once again the reviewers are smoking crack. Greatest Sci-Fi of all time... what?? really??? Did you just finish your bowl of lucky charms? If you had a choice between this and 2001... you'd pick this??? why?? At least in 2001 you have the idea of mystery and a goal. With this book you have spaceships hovering and an ending, while pretty cool, fails to make up for the rest of this less than great story.
I thought the movie was bad, and so I thought: give the book a try. Hell, why not, the books are always better than the movie. Don't believe everything you tell yourself. :-)
I love HST. He was a man's man. Give me a GD gun, a line of blow, a tape record for playback and a friend to laugh with about it all. That's Hunter. However the nar. came along for the ride as well, and that's where this beast took a flying leap straight into the path of the barreling locomotive name HST. The end result was a F..ing mess. What a bummer.... Can we get a good nar. ?
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