I wish this were the author's initial draft, not the final product. The premise is charming, and the level of detail about Hemingway and his writing is tantalizing, but thin. The unexpected multiple-universe plotline is Douglas Adams-esque, and adds to the novella's potential. But it gets weighed down by a hefty slice of unnecessarily detailed sexuality; the kind that makes you think "that's what a 15-year-old boy probably hopes women are like." If the same level of detail went into the intricacies of the plot twists, alternate universes, and Hemingway lore that went into the sex scenes, and the sex scenes had the same level of detail as the plot, universes, and Heminway have, this would rate a 5.
Modernization. Despite the disclaimer that the genders of the roles in the Games are "without prejudice," the content of this book is ridiculously sexist. An unexpected side effect is the compassion I now feel for the era my mother lived through.
I don't know. I'd check more carefully before I purchased, certainly.
The underlying concept of certain types of social encounters being "games" with payoffs, and the distinction of people operating from their Child, Parent, or Adult roles was tremendously useful.
It was definitely worth the listen, but I'm glad it was short, and I had to grit my teeth and overlook the extreme sexism to get the benefit of the underlying concept.
The first two verses are hysterical, and the introduction and narration by Samuel L. Jackson are priceless. It loses its punch after that, and it was only love for hearing the narration that kept me through to the end.
Great narration; wonderful, compelling story.
The book is fabulous, and the author's 15-years-later commentary just adds to the great experience. It feels like you're sitting with an old friend who's giving you life advice and encouraging you personally.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the audio quality. So let me revise slightly: It feels like your'e sitting with an old friend who is whispering words of personal encouragement into a brown paper bag.
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