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Posted July 1, 2010
One Blood Thing At A Time
If I could only say one word about this book it would be DISTURBING! I read this in just a few hours and I couldn't put it down (so that's something). When I finished it my first thought was "what an awful book." However, now days later I keep thinking about it and telling people they should read it. I know, confusing right? I'm still not sure I liked it but I can't really say I didn't like it anymore either. I think I want other people to read it so I will have someone to talk to about it. It is a very short novel and I found the chapters to be almost choppy feeling, but I think that is maybe what the author was going for. There was a whole section of the book where I just kept going "huh?" So with all of that being said, I have decided not to give this book a number rating at this time because like I said I still haven't decided if I liked it or not. I do know one thing, I will probably have to read this again somewhere down the line to see if I "get" anything different off of it. You know how sometimes when you watch a movie more than once and you "get" things the second time that you didn't the first? I'm thinking that will happen with me and this book.
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Posted August 18, 2012
This book was odd. There were moments of hilarious one-liners, b
This book was odd. There were moments of hilarious one-liners, but then
there were bits of plot that wandered as if the author didn't quite know
where he wanted to go with it. I mean, all of Part III was one character
reliving earlier bits of the novel or dreaming, and one chapter even
ended with "Etc." I know that was supposed to be comical, but
it felt like the author kind of stopped trying on that chapter. ONE
BLOODY THING AFTER ANOTHER is very short. Some chapters are only a few
paragraphs long, and that makes for a quick read. I can appreciate that,
but sometimes the transitions between chapters left me wondering if
content was accidentally cut. Jumps in characters or logic were just
sometimes hard to follow. I think this book would have been better (for
me) if it took itself less seriously and joked around more. It came off
kind of like a cheesy horror flick at times. The characters
were...different, I guess. Their stories didn't always intertwine as
well as I imagine the author intended, but each had a disturbing aspect
to their life I found to be interesting. I especially liked the old
man's character, and his story was easily my favorite of those in this
novel. So I guess we'll call that a draw. Honestly, this book read more
like the text or outline for a graphic novel, which makes sense
considering the author also works in that medium. However, that
technique made some of the narrative weak. He doesn't use many pronouns,
so we hear the characters' names a dozen times on a single page alone.
It therefore has a simplistic tone I didn't enjoy. All in all, I don't
think I'd recommend this. There were good one-liners and some
interesting characters, but I really only finished it because I spent a
whopping $15 on the paperback. I think there are much better books
available out there for much less.
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Posted February 15, 2012