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For most of the book, I felt myself a tad dismayed. It didn't seem to be one of his better conceptions. But, happily--I was in error. I was a dope. Only a dope ever doubts William Goldman's competency. Never, ever, 'second-guess' Goldman. The dude is just OUT THERE. He never lets a reader down. Even when he temporarily fell out of favor with Hollywood--he was always a thorough, detail-oriented, and masterful craftsman. Whether screenplay or novel. Dismayed? What was I thinking? There is no way a...
I don't know how many times I've read this over the years. I think it's a masterpiece. Too bad it's out of print.
One of the craziest, most mysterious books I have ever read. Up until the last section of the book, you literally have no idea what is going on. It is spellbinding reading, continually introducing new characters with unique stories all their own in a seemingly disjointed narrative that comes slamming together in the last section in a completely unexpected way. I sat stunned in disbelief at what was finally revealed to be the criminal's plot. It was lunatic, completely unbelievable, but enthralli...
An absolute mind-bender of a book, with more twists than a Grand Prix circuit. Loved it! This is the reason Goldman is my favourite author.
3.5* I wasn't sure how I felt about this book for the first 2/3rds of it, especially not with the liberal use of racial slurs. This has very little of Goldman's snappy banter, though the beer tasting scene in "The Capture if Billy Boy" was hilariously done and I think might be one of my favourite "buddy cop" scenes of all time. They characters generally don't have any particular depth of character - especially not the bad guys - and other than the Eric/Haggerty scenes, none of them are especiall...
Read in 1982. A fun thriller that combines time travel and mind control.
Excellent, tightly written thriller with an original concept and wonderfully drawn characters. Loved this!
I read Goldman's Magic many years ago and was enthralled. Further, I've found Goldman's film scripts to be extraordinarily good. This particular volume, however, felt both contrived and plodding. I forced myself to get to the end (skimming much of the last 100 or so pages), and I found the ending to be sufficient but nothing more, as if the author simply wanted to get rid of the manuscript at any cost.The single significant plot twist, which I won't reveal here, occurs nearly 2/3 of the way into...
1st Read: August 30, 1997 - September 20, 1997 After reading the 305 pages in the book over the course of three weeks, all memory of it is lost! Judging from the reviews on this book, people have rated from one star to five stars; the majority of them being between two and four stars. I missed out on the hype of what this story was about and gave it one star. If I had it in my possession, I'd attempt another go at it, as second courses are almost always better than the first time with ne
I chose to read this book because I really really like The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure but hadn't heard of any of his other books. I knew this one was set more in the present time, but I still was expecting something humorous or otherwise lighthearted, rather than a thriller, so I was disappointed.
Hmmm. It seemed promising, but lacked the overall cohesiveness of Marathon Man and The Princess Bride. It also had none of the urgency of Marathon Man, and for this, I think I can directly fault the multi-character storyline. Eventually, I just wanted to know what was going on to connect these people already! Also, some of the characters seemed like major dead ends. But, I did see the spark that made Marathon Man a phenomenal book and The Princess Bride a classic. So, I suppose this is great to
I picked this up at a library sale because I so love Goldman's The Princess Bride and I figured it was time to see how he handled the thriller genre. I was satisfied! It's is not a literary tour de force, but it does a good job with suspense, intensity, and enough twists to keep this reader surprised at several points. It's a quick read, and recommended for fans of thrillers that read like action films.
An absolute mess. Goldman uses some of his writing tricks to great effect here (the elevator shaft scene was properly horrifying, and the buildup of a character wanting to be "the best" was just as fantastic as in all his other novels) but the plot itself is truly awful. Not to mention incomprehensible. Bizarrely, Goldman used plot elements from this novel in the Princess Bride bonus chapter "Buttercup's Baby", where they still failed to make sense.
I found myself very interested in the characters in this book (and I liked the twist that unfolded). However, I was more than half-way through it before I learned of anything connecting them. This wouldn't be so bad, but I have to say I wasn't terribly satisfied with the plot. I kept expecting more and never got it. The end came too abruptly, I thought perhaps the book that was missing pages.I heard good things about this so I must be missing something. I would be glad to be corrected.
Goldman is 4 for 4, as far as I'm concerned (Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, Brothers). Will definitely be reading the rest of his work soon!
I read this book a long time ago. I'm not even sure it's in print but I really loved William Goldman's mystery books. I think he is one of the best writers of this genre. If I'm recalling correctly, the chapters are short and easy to read. The story is told from several different characters point of view and they are all really intense. It is so wierd to be in their heads. The anticipation of the climax is amazing and the ending is satisfying.
William Goldman may be (probably is) my favorite author in regards to style and diction, and though this might not be my favorite of his works, this novel is certainly worth picking up. The storyline is a bit out there, but Goldman pulls it off with his trademark wit and deftness. Also, the 'realness' of the last paragraph hits like a ton of bricks. 4 stars
There are a lot of ideas happening in this book. Lots and lots.
Slow start, some confusion, but big pay off in the end.
Strange book, Very disjointed. When I finished it I was not really sure what I had read. I would not recommend this book.
"People you love, and sadness. What else is there."Genuinely one of the best books I have ever read. Real hard-right turn in genres at the halfway point that I haven't seen before.
Normal people losing control is the premise of this book. I read this a loooong time ago and I'm not even sure if I still own this book but if I do I'm definitely reading it again.
Well written, interesting, but didn't leave me craving more.
I loved this book! At first I wondered where it was going - but I loved all the characters so much that it kept me reading on and I'm glad I did.