Parasites Like Us

Parasites Like Us

by Adam Johnson
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Parasites Like Us 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
peconicgp More than 1 year ago
Read this book a few years and while i don't remember every detail i do remember reading it in two sittings. I found the book fun and compelling and was entertained, which for me was why i wanted to read it in the first place!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a big disappointment. I wholeheartedly agree another reviewer that at least 1/3 of this book could have been edited out and it wouldn't have impacted the book a bit. Although the book moved along at a good pace, the main character's wallowing got tiring after a while. The best part of the book were the last 30-50 pages where it finally had a point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen, I think you need to hear me on this one. I feel pretty sure you will find youself skipping whole paragraphs, sometimes whole pages , KNOWING that you made the right decision. The sub plot-less bits about the abandonment by mother and father figures goes nowhere. I kept thinking it would all tidy up and come together near the end. No such luck! I kept getting the feeling that the reason the main charactor was so all alone in life was that the people who met him realized he was a one hit wonder who talked incessantly. Finishing the book, I wonder if Johnson doesn't suffer a similar fate. The lengths to which the professor goes on and on and on ,not only to himself but embarassingly in front of any crowd gathered, tears little bits and pieces of any concern the reader may have for him away. By the end, I sort of wished he would suffer at least some slapstick death or cosmic just desserts. Spending 200 pages droning on about the minutia of a wasted life in preparation for 50 pages on the end of civilization seems oddly off balance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, with a lot of hilarious moments and some decent insights into life. All around very enjoyable, although it can be a little too heavy in places.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnson solidifies his reputation as one of America's hot young writers with this powerful follow up to last year's collection of short stories. This is a book that's got it all--surreal characters and situations, social commentary, dark humor, stunning poetic language, and profound wisdom about what it means to be human going into the next century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book really blew me away. I thought it was just a silly farce at first -- lighthearted fun. But the ending is phenomenal and so real! I am recommending it to all my friends and I can't wait to ready anything else Johnson writes.