So, I’ve got this little disorder. Just this one: Once I begin reading a book, I am compelled to finish it. Regardless of how much I dislike it, I continue to pick up the book… continue to read.
After finishing Brett Easton Ellis’ excellent Lunar Park, I wanted to read something by Jay Mcinerny. Jay is a character in Lunar Park and is best known for his breakthrough novel Bright Lights, Big City. Not sure what posessed me, but rather than going for the easy bet and reading BL, BC, I made the error of picking out The Good Life, Jay’s latest.
The Good Life reads like Bridges of Madison County for the middle-aged urbanite. Set in NY, NY around the time of 9/11, the novel tells the story of a couple of priveledged New Yorkers too lazy to work at their own marriages that fall easily into illicit love amongst the Ground Zero soup kitchens. If "illicit love" makes you think "Harlequin Romance", then you’ve got the right idea: there’s enough trashy bodice-ripping in there to satisfy the requirements of the genre.
There’s also a large helping of grief porn if you’re into that sort of thing. The jumpers, the flee-ers, the diggers and the body bags… Jay’s got it covered.
Learn from my mistake. Read Bright Lights, Big City. It really is as good as you’ve heard.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. A bit of a departure from BEE's previous stuff, but it's interesting and compelling. Vanderbeerk's narration is great. Really great.
I'm in agreement with the prevailing criticism of the narration. Mispronouncing of the main character's last name, when the pronunciation of Kovacs was mentioned specifically in a previous novel is pretty slack. The echo chamber used for prologue/flashback/etc is so echo-y that the narration is difficult to understand at times. Good book, cruddy narration.
Consider me a fan. Altered Carbon has won me over. Just the right mix of violence, sex, action and interesting ideas. Richard Morgan's world is interesting and enveloping. If you're a fan of cyberpunk or a fan of noir, you'll likely enjoy this.
can't help myself - i've gotta gush on like the other reviewers. Kevin Gray's narration is great. the story (across all 3 titles) is interesting and engrossing. sure - like any trilogy - there are a couple of slow moments, but they don't tarnish the quality of the whole.
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