It was well written but there really is no light here.
Andrew Z. Thomas even though he does some really stupid stuff but he's the only character you can really identify with. You just wish he had a little more ruthlessness. Even though he's not a New Age male he's certainly not enough of a man.
I was moved negatively. It is a very dark book. Kind of hopeless, really. Whatever universe this is taking place in, I hope i never go there.
I bought this book because I really liked Pines and it is well written, only, I cannot really recommend it. It is dark, it is almost like a ritual to draw the reader into the world of the serial killer. The first two books, I guess you could get away with saying it is entertainment. But taken as a whole, the whole experience is pretty mean-spirited.
I had tried to watch The Room a few years ago when The Cartoon Network showed it but something was so alien about the movie that it gave me a headache so, even though I am a fan of bad movies and I had seen Tommy Wiseau interviewed on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld I put this one out of my mind for many years.
Then I was in the middle of a book on Hitchcock and The Disaster Artist came up as an Audible Deal of the Day. Well, my first instinct was to pass but I am glad I didn't.
The Disaster Artist as read by Greg Sestero should be the Audio Book of the Year. It is funny, well paced, insightful, and heart-felt.
The format of the book is to tell two stories, one being the making of Tommy Wiseau's now-classic cinematic misfire starting from the day before the first day of shooting through to its big Hollywood premiere. The other being the story of a young, struggling actor meeting and befriending this visionary outsider who's thinking is like that of quite-no-one-else.
It is through Greg Sestero's words that we are given insight into Tommy Wiseau's unique thought-processes and while we laugh a lot through this book we laugh mostly because of the child-like novelty of Tommy's thinking. While reading this book, I went through some of the reviews on IMDB, the Internet Movie Database for the uninitiated, for The Room and was saddened to see one reviewer snark "...we are laughing at you, not with you..." and there is never that kind of pettiness in Greg Sestero's account.
While I laughed out loud through most of the book, there were times I felt very sad for Tommy or exasperated with him. To a lesser extent, I experienced Greg Sestero's fears and hopes as he pursued and, for a time, gave up on his dream of being an actor.
I think this book speaks to anybody with a dream, even if you haven't seen nor have any interest in ever seeing The Room, this book is for you.
This book is currently in development for a major motion picture but I urge readers not to wait for the movie in this case. I think this book is untranslatable to the silver screen, unless the Hollywood Frat Pack intent on making this book into a movie surprise us and show us their own inner artist yearning to break free from the fratty sort of movies that make them money. I don't think this book can be made into a movie by a Hollywood insider. David Lynch or John Carpenter might have a shot and making this a good movie. David Cronenberg too. But these are not the people who will be making the movie.
I hope that whoever makes the movie, they are able to at least bring out the love that Greg obviously feels for Tommy out in a meaningful way and bring the audience to the point where they laugh more out of surprise at Tommy's thinking than at Tommy himself.
The performance was adequate but the story was dismal.
It is just a bunch of words strung together by a affect-less character. It does not depict amorality so much as it encourages it.
I suppose bits of the trial approached interesting but since everything comes from the narration of a flat, disembodied character it made no difference.
I would replace it entirely with Philip K. Dick's The Golden Man which tells the story of an amoral character that, by mutation, is fecund and irresistible to women and thus the amoral animal ceaselessly reproduces itself threatening the existence of human life only that story doesn't come from only one perspective as this one does which is, no doubt, why this story is successful at creating monsters while Philip K. Dick's story was destroyed by Nicholas Cage in the obscure movie adaptation known as Next.
It is because the world makes banners out of, and marches behind books such as these that the world can never extricate itself from the mire.
I didn't read the print version. Why would you ask this question as a default? Well, I'll answer the questions I wish you would have asked like a politician at a debate:
Pines is hands down the best action/adventure story I have ever read. I was hooked from the very first. While the story shared some similarities some TV shows I had liked, most of them either died before they could go too far or just decided to go all in for a totally surreal ending. Pines is both enthralling and logically consistent with the world and characters Blake Crouch created.
Ethan Burke, hands down. The greatest action hero of all time! To be fair to the other characters, Ethan dominates the pages of this book. I guess he is part Jason Bourne and part Ethan Hunt and part Number Six. He is the indestructible man who's mind hungers for the truth and his body is strong enough to seek it out. No other man nor any monster is his match. His intellect and brawn are integrated and support each other.
Well, this book was a real page turner and I don't want to give too much away. The reader should find this novel on his own and devour it. Each scene either builds upon or gives detail to support the entire structure of the novel.
The major emotions I experienced while reading this book were wonder and curiosity. I moved through the book relatively quickly because I wanted to know, just like Ethan.
I see they are making this into a TV show. Well, we have had so many good TV shows lately I hope the TV show makes the grade and whatever changes are made to the source material I hope I can recognize the underlying world an characters that were written about in the novel.
Yes, as well as the first two books. I bought the books because of the TV series and even though the TV series made numerous changes they kept true to the characters and the world of the books so that I could enjoy both. All of the characters remained true to their character and the book world remained true to itself.
I would say Fet the rat catcher was my favorite character. In a sense, he is like Roddy Piper's character in They Live in that once he knows what his mission in life is, he throws himself fully into it.
Daniel was a good reader I think much better than Ron Perlman did for the first book. At the same time, the characterization the authors did helped both the readers.
"Face the world with open eyes."
Finally a good scary nonredeemable vampire story. I'm so sick of romantic vampires.
I would turn it into a cable mini-series. In the novel format, I had trouble staying interested. None of the characters really resonated nor did I have a sense of the world the story took place in but as an episodic television show there are plenty of places to leave the viewer with cliffhanger. In the right hands, this property would be better in the visual media.
I would have made this a smaller subplot in a bigger world. A building block of a larger story instead of a story within itself.
She was a very good voice actress for this story. Her voices were distinct enough most of the time that I knew who was speaking.
It was okay. If you are a fan of some of Blake Crouch's other work, you're probably going to want to listen to this one no matter what the reviews are but I would say this is a lesser Crouch work.
The story was interesting enough, if this is your first Blake Crouch novel you might enjoy it more but after reading Pines and the Thicker Than Blood trilogy, there isn't enough world creation that I look for in my fiction.
I've listened to a lot of audio books. It certainly isn't the top but the story was compelling and I was interested in the characters and the plot all the way through and I'll get the rest of the series at some point.
I read a book in high school called House of Stairs which has stayed with me all this time even though I only read it once. That book was complete in one novel and was a story of conforming to authority versus the ultimate rebellion. This story is similar.
Also, Philip K. Dick's short story The Pre-Persons is what this story reminded me of the most. Although Dick was far less ambiguous.
I did find it to be a real page turner and did read through it quickly. I don't think I would have wanted to do it all in one sitting as there is something to be said for the cliff hanger that real life brings to the enjoyment of a good book.
The Progressive Era and the Eugenicist movements were so horrible it has taken 100 years for someone to write an apologia for it. That is pretty much what Dan Brown did in Inferno, the latest, and perhaps the weakest of the Robert Langdon series.
The story is typical of Dan Brown. History grafted onto a clockwork plot with clockwork characters coming out and hammering the clockwork bell at times set by the Great Windup Spring of Plot.
If you've read Dan Brown before, you've read this book before. Lots of historical exposition and a story with all the emotional impact of a Vulcan opera.
All this and some agitprop for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
If you thought Brown's writing was weak in his previous outings and are only still reading trying to determine the appeal, this book could put you off the author forever. Enjoy!
I loved finally being able to read Gilgamesh. I appreciate that the author had taken existing translations and made a story out of them without having to be distracted by the fragmentary nature of what has been found so far.
From the very start of the story, I was captivated. My imagination was immersed in a long passed civilization existing in a world unimaginably ancient. Gilgamesh was relevant to my life. More so than much of the books and stories, told as movies, produced today.
There is so much depth here. So much intellectual wealth. If you have always wanted to approach Gilgamesh, this may be one of the best ways.
The only downside is the commentary after the epic. For one thing, it is so much less compelling than the epic that I went back and listened to the epic once again before finishing the slog through the commentary. There were some edifying moments but it would have been much better if the author didn't feel the need to get across just how much he disapproved of George W. Bush and the Iraq war. I got it in one. I was also annoyed at how he assigned certain motivations and insights to the poet which he couldn't possibly be able to prove. At times it seemed as if the author was attempting to turn this treasure of the world into some trite piece of propaganda.
But Gilgamesh prevails in the end and Stephen Mitchell should both be congratulated and rebuked.
This is an incredible value for the two stories that invented literature. And still serve as the basis for most of our modern day adventure stories.
I don't really know what else to say about this great work. It has been around for thousands of years and has had an impact on your life in some way whether you are aware of it or not.
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