I can't imagine this book as anything other than an audio book read by the author-- not surprising considering it was based on Tobo's podcasts "The Tobolowsky Files." The stories sound like they're being told casually by a friend, although they are clearly extremely well-crafted. Funny, touching, and more-often-than-not quite poignant. I can't decide if Tobo has led a captivatingly amazing life-- or if he's just a captivatingly amazing storyteller. Most likely a little of both. There's a "This American Life" feel to it— where both the strange and the mundane can lead to something bigger or deeper. If you like that show, you'll like this book. And if you don't like that show, then you're too cynical and/or hip for this book. And I feel sorry for you.
The book has a pulp-style sensibility, with broadly drawn characters and plenty of action. At some point it hit me: this is like a John Carpenter story (director of
Knapp does some very nice, surprisingly subtle work with the main character, Cyrus. Also, the story takes a few noir-ish turns, totally driven by character, that I didn't see coming and enjoyed quite a bit.
Collins brought the main character, Cyrus, to life perfectly. Sardonic, but not quite as smart as he thinks he is. (Meaning Cyrus, not Collins.)
In this crazy, mixed-up world, all you need is love.And a lot of ammo.
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