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Mysterious Skin

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

excellent writer, but sordid themes throughout

Scott Heim is an excellent writer. For one thing, his attention to detail is great, like randomly mentioning boxes of cereal on a shelf that were common only in the 1960s. For another thing, his insights are all realistic, like how young gays disparage other gays out of...
Scott Heim is an excellent writer. For one thing, his attention to detail is great, like randomly mentioning boxes of cereal on a shelf that were common only in the 1960s. For another thing, his insights are all realistic, like how young gays disparage other gays out of social obligation, and how early underage porn used to consist of blurry photos produced in home darkrooms. Unfortunately the book's climax was predictable to me since it was the same memorable climax used in the film 'Freeway II' '1999'. It was a very clever climax, and I suppose since this book came out in 1995, four years before that movie, Scott Heim thought of it first, which is further credit to his writing ability, but that movie happened to spoil the book's ending for me. One minor complaint I have is the constant shifting between narrators. Although each section is labeled with the narrator's name, I initially thought that meant the section was about that character, not that it was written by them, so I started off being confused about who was whom. Another minor complaint is that the book is extremely sordid: gay male sex, gay male prostitutes, a violent gay male rapist, sleezy bars, adolescent crime, drugs, underage porn, poverty. I suppose that makes it even more realistic, but to me that made the book a real downer. Another minor complaint is that the self-induced memory block seemed pretty unrealistic to me. This book was recommended to me by one person who said it was their favorite book. For my taste though, the same insights, cleverness, and plot could have existed without all the sleeze.

posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2008

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Confusing and over-written

I've certainly read better than this book. I had a hard time trying to understand what was going on and so many of the characters seemed all alike. Skip it.

posted by Anonymous on June 14, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    AWEFUL

    NEVER EVER READ THIS BOOK!!! ITS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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