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South of Bixby Bridge

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

I'm not an addict. I'm not. Never been drunk in my life. Never s

I'm not an addict. I'm not. Never been drunk in my life. Never seen drugs in real life, let alone touching or inhaling/injecting them. I only play a few games (Scrabble, Lines, Words with Friends, Chinese Chess) and that’s if my son joins me.
And yet there is some...
I'm not an addict. I'm not. Never been drunk in my life. Never seen drugs in real life, let alone touching or inhaling/injecting them. I only play a few games (Scrabble, Lines, Words with Friends, Chinese Chess) and that’s if my son joins me.
And yet there is something I'm in danger of becoming addicted to--Ryan Winfield's work.
By the way his debut novel is acclaimed I probably won't say anything that hasn't already been said, but SOBB is by a mile one of the best books I've read. It's not as much the story, which brings to mind a dalliance between Wall Street, Limitless and Two for the Money, but the author's voice. For that alone I give it more stars than I can count. Never read anything even remotely close to it. Refreshing, engaging, inspiring, through and through pure art at its best.
There are people out there for which telling stories comes natural, captivating audience in a matter of minutes. Ryan Winfield is one of them—a painter if you will, masterfully and effortlessly painting vivid scenes not by using brushes, but with words instead. Reading the first paragraph I was surprised how easily I could imagine the scene. By the time I finished the first page I was hooked. Coffee and chocolate helped me stay up all night to finish it. No way I could put it down!
Unfortunately I can never describe a book without giving away the story (what can I say? I'm not perfect). But let me tell you this: as one who has never tried drugs or been drunk in my entire life, the journey addict Trevor Roberts embarks on is a riveting life lesson. It's not about where he goes, but how he makes it there. You're down, hitting rock bottom with the hero, feeling his struggle, denial, torment, and sorrow. You're up with him, high, rooting for him to get on the other side of the bridge, one step at a time. Rarely does a book embody a range of emotions such as this.
There are no quotation marks in this book, but I promise you, you'll know who’s talking. It might be difficult in the beginning, but once you grasp it, you won't even notice it. The connection between present time and past memories is smoothly created, without jarring the reader away from the storyline. The book is entirely written from Trevor's point of view without one second of monotony, but rather engaging and intriguing. The story is paced, building up, until the climax with a comforting aftermath.
I sure hope I won't have to wait too long until his next release...

posted by CameliaMironSkiba on April 3, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Nothing like 50 Shades- Marketing ploy

An ok story about a drug and alcohol addict running away from the demons of his childhood. After failing at recovery he has one more shot. The writing is irritating as the author does not us quotation marks and it is difficult to distinguish conversation versus thoughts...
An ok story about a drug and alcohol addict running away from the demons of his childhood. After failing at recovery he has one more shot. The writing is irritating as the author does not us quotation marks and it is difficult to distinguish conversation versus thoughts. Not a bad story/read but it pisses me off that the marketing ploy misleads you. Nothing like 50 Shades.

posted by pattoningeneral on September 28, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Did not like

    Janes Melody was great. This book had a wierd style of writing. Depressing story. Advertised as better than 50 shades? Not so.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    dont buy

    bought this book because of the previous reviews book was terrible

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    South of bixby bridge

    The last 50 pages were some of the best support(dependency) story line but the rest was very dark,sexual and disturbing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    This book was nothing but drugs, It is nothing like 50 shades li

    This book was nothing but drugs, It is nothing like 50 shades like it says it is, waste of money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    A waste of time

    I am sorry I spent money on this book. The review that I read said it was more exciting than Shades of Grey: NOT! A totally disappointing read.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    As much as I would like to review the "SAMPLE" , Most

    As much as I would like to review the "SAMPLE" , Most of the FREE SAMPLE,was for the ,COVER,TITLE,DEDICATION AND CONTENTS THEN ACTUAL STORY.. SO from the little that is there to read... I'm not able to like it. or want to buy it.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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