All Her Father's Gunsby James Warner
Cal Lyte, a gun-loving venture capitalist, is tired of paying alimony to his ex-wife Tabytha. Plotting to blackmail her and derail her campaign for Congress, he enlists the help of their daughter's boyfriend, British academic Reid Seyton, to unearth some Lyte family secrets. But the results turn out to be more than anyone bargained for, in an escalating cycle of revelations that will leave nobody's life the same.
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Simply put, Cal can’t stand to pay alimony to his ex-wife Tabytha. Neither of them can’ let go of the other even though they have been divorced for a while. Cal comes up with the brilliant idea to get his daughters boyfriend to dig up some dirt to mess with Tabytha’s political career. I’m sorry to say this, but this book was not for me. Although I can agree with some of Cal’s opinions, he was just too over the top. The rest, I guess I have to admit that I don’t follow politics and who stands where and who is radical over what enough to really get into this book. It lost me at the beginning with the grumbling over lunch and how much it cost. I guess I’m just not on the same page, even though there are a ton of reviews that say this is the best book ever. Give it a try, you may find it more suited to you than me. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
First the good news: I like the cover. It has a bit of a noir feel to it. I like the contrasting red and black, the font and text layout, and I even like the feel of the paper cover, which is thick and almost velvety. Very decadent! Now for the bad news: I am not a fan of this book. Quite simply, it left me confused and unsatisfied. At nearly a quarter of the way through the book, I found myself still totally clueless over what it was about. It seemed to be just a lot of rambling minutiae about the characters’ daily lives, and I'd been unable to discern any actual plot. This is a book with ADD. It is all over the place, rambling and scattered, and without much structure. I found myself totally lost. If this were a book of average length, I may have put it down and marked it “DNF” (Did Not Finish). However since this book was under 200 pages, I felt that I had to try to finish it, and see whether or not it made sense in the end. (It didn't.) Confusing, scattered and ridiculous, there was still a hint of some insane genius underlying it all. I kept feeling as if I just drank some of that hallucinogenic “shroom tea" that teens in this area brew and drink after a night foraging in the cow pastures, I might actually get this book and wind up thinking it was a brilliant read! Occasionally there would be a passage that I found striking in its imagery. But overall this book just wasn't for me. That isn't to say that it was "bad". It was written by an obviously bright and intelligent individual, if a little "off-kilter", but the writing style was too "out there" for me. I just couldn't follow it. Maybe it's 30 years without any drugs in my system that has done me in. My final word: Preposterous!
"...Some of the comments about the book on the back cover mention All Her Father's Guns as a satire - and I can definitely see that. It just ended up not being for me. Politics was never really my thing (and the book ended up focusing a lot more on politics than I guess I expected), I don't keep up with corporate structures, and I couldn't relate to or connect with any of the characters. I wish I had been able to get into this book, as it did pique my interest when I received the offer of it, but I just wasn't able to get into it. If you are someone who is fairly interested in things like politics and corporate or political philosophy, I think you may want to give this one a go, because it might be more up your alley than it was mine..." For full review, please visit me at Les Livres on Blogger: jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com