©2009 Charles Huston; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"One of his generation's finest and hippest talents..." (Publishers Weekly)
"[ runaway freight that feels like a combination of William Burroughs and James Ellroy....Fiercely original...." (Stephen King)
Do get this book if you want a modern, well-written, funny and insightful book about a man dealing with a terrible trauma. I've not finished this yet, but have already laughed out loud more than once. I am enjoying it!
Don't get this book if words like a**h***, m*****f*****, etc. will bother you, as this book is full of such language. The use of the language is part of the books "charm" for me, as the characters are from the generation who are so used to such language that the meaning is lessened.
Me? I recommend this book!!
A friend recommended this book. About 1/3 of the way in, I was tempted to say "goodbye a**h***" (the main character acknowledges that he is one) and move on. But I hung in there, and boy am I glad I did! Before the mid-point, things really started to pick up and pieces began to fall into place so you could better understand characters' motivations and see the "big picture". Web's acerbic wit makes an often depressing story, downright funny at times, and much more palatable. Now I'm looking forward to checking out Huston's other books and hoping they are as good as this one...
I loved this book and have recommended it to friends. The main character's sarcastic, acidic dialogue is a hoot! As almost every other character tells him he's a as***le. I originally didn't like the narrator, but he grew on me. I didn't care for his main character reading nearly as much as the secondary characters. I thought he did great at the secondary parts.
Don't be tempted to give up on this book 1/3 of the way in. The characters are quirky and interesting, and eventually there is a plot, though it gets a bit heavy-handed at the end. If you are offended by foul language, then be forewarned that this book is a tsunami of obscenities.
Huston has created a great cast of characters but I found the story to be somewhat lacking. It was ok but could have been so much better with the interesting characters.
I really enjoyed this booked. It was very entertaining and funny. Charlie Huston does a great job of reviling the main character's past while keeping the plot moving. I would definitely recommended.
This is both a fun and a thought provoking book. The writing is crisp but kudos to the reader who makes the dialogue come alive.
or his two other novels. DUH!!!
Hard to compare this to his others because they're all great. CHARLIE Huston has no bad books. The narrator is one of the best, but I will admit the story starts kind of slow and evolves in fits and starts, but I loved it. His best books aren't on Audible, go get them all and enjoy.
I noticed that this audible book is no longer available. What a shame. I say buy the book. It was my intro to Huston. And hooked I was. Straight on to the Joe Pitt series, and finally Sleepless--another stand alone novel. I have read all of Huston's full-length novels, including the paper versions of the Hank Thompson trilogy. Problem is, now that I've exhausted all Huston's books, it's tough to find other mystery writing that grabs me as much as Huston's. (OK...the original Millenium Trilogy, except they're nothing alike). I would read another Adrian McKinty or Tana French in a heartbeat, but have read all those too, some more than once. But there is something very unique about Huston. His plotting is very good and often graphically violent, his writing is witty, dark, cynical and a bit twisted. His main characters are complex, very screwed up, and often at the whim of bizarre circumstances. His books, to me, are hard to put down once started. And this book, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, was what started it.
I liked this story well enough to pass it on to some people who were living the tale. Keep up the edgy commentary on life,
( I like his Vamyers too)
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