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Something for Nothing

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  • Posted July 2, 2011


    Easy read, not a bad plot, some dark humor. But I did become exasperated with Martin, the main character, who has a little personality disorder going on.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    definitely sucked me in

    My wife got me this a while ago, and I didn't read it until vacation last week. But once I started it I really got into it. It was funny, and the 70s setting took me back, especially the gas lines. And I liked the horse racing angle. It's also a real page turner, especially in the last section, or about the last 150 pages. I definitely felt like the main character, Martin, was someone you could relate to, even though he was kind of weird and a self-absorbed jerk. I liked it a lot and I recommend it to anyone who likes suspense but also just a good read.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Wish I had saved this for my vacation!

    I finished this book last night and I don't know how to describe it, but I really liked it. It's funny and goofy but in a good way. The main character reminds me of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty because he has this ongoing fantasy life that is easy to make fun of, but then you realize, hey, who doesn't want to be the hero, who doesn't want it all, in their private minds. I don't want to give away the plot, but it actually gets pretty nerve-wracking and I didn't expect that. I will definitely read more of this author.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    hilarious and exciting

    I thought this book was really funny, but it was also suspenseful enough to hold my interest. I was especially drawn in for the last hundred pages or so, when things got really tense and surprising. I loved the stuff about the 1970's and the gas crisis for a setting. An original and enjoyable read.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Not much to it.

    I guess if you are young enough to have missed the 70s it might be educational, but for those of use that lived through (and still remember) them.... well there's nothing new or insightful here. Plot is fairly predicable and the characters are shallow except for Martin, the main. He's incredably unlikable, as is the whole book actually. It's poorly written, digresses consistently and never delivers a "wow" feeling. Don't waste your time and money.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    A Great Mystery

    I'm not a big mystery reader. Usually I keep to literary fiction and then some historical non-fiction. Something for Nothing, though, was a great break from my normal intake. The flow carries you along. It's not a chore at all like a lot of other books in this genre tend to be. Plus, the content is really compelling, especially if you have any interest in history. The plot is wrapped up in the social and political developments of the late seventies from a uniquely human perspective in Martin Anderson. While this might otherwise appear like a nostalgia play, Anthony pulls it off very well. The setting is very convincing and the characters are easy to relate to.

    The plot is really strong and leads to an unpredictable ending that I read over two or three times after I first finished. It was shocking, intricate and very original. I'd recommend this book to serious fiction readers and to people who just need a book to bring to the beach. I wouldn't want anyone to miss it.

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