All Her Father's Guns
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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 revelation...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Numina Press (first published January 10th 2011)
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Janine Kovac
I just joined goodreads specifically so that I could recommend this book. I devoured it in 3 days and bought a second copy for my dad (I don't want to lend him mine).

I love the way James Warner invented these characters that were both extreme and perfectly California--from the gun-loving Silicon Valley venture capitalist to the chain-smoking Romanian shrink (now a Berkeleyan --of *course*).

The book is told in first person--by two polar opposite characters: the aforementioned VC and a British gra...more
Alvin
This novel manages to hilariously satirize a wide number of social scenes (libertarian wing-nuts, ivory tower theory heads, Silicon Valley strivers)without ever misrepresenting them, an impressive achievement. Better yet, it combines the narrative drive of a political thriller with the psychological insight of literary fiction. Plus, Warner can turn a phrase.(I might have wished for fewer minor characters to keep track of, but that's probably just because I'm slightly brain damaged.) This is one...more
Jessica Bronder
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 whe...more
Matt Stewart
Locked and loaded with precocious wit, evocative language and poignant moments, this rollicking satire hits modern society squarely in the bullseye.
Grady
'Do Americans talk so loudly because they're afraid God can't hear them?'

James Warner doesn't miss a beat - or any opportunity to both slyly and confrontationally present the foibles of American dynamics. Even his choice of names for his characters carry enough suggestive weight to define them even before we know who they are. The apparent 'in' for this young writer is the fact that he is British born and living in the US who has taken advantage of his bifurcated allegiance to unveil some absurd...more
Brianna Soloski
All Her Father’s Guns by James Warner
190 pages
2/5 stars

All Her Father’s Guns alternately tells the stories of Cal Lyte, a gun enthusiast, and Reid Seyton, a struggling academic. Cal is tired of paying alimony to his ex-wife and wants nothing more than to derail her Congressional campaign. Reid is a post-grad student trying to survive and find a job. Cal and Reid work together to discover some family secrets that will change the lives of everyone involved.

I wanted to like this book, I really di...more
Heather
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...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Snappy writing and a great sense of humor are the draws for this book. The humor is not going to be for everyone (think of Chuck Palahniuk's type of humor; not for everyone but it's right down my alley) but for me, it was spot on. In fact, I would liken this book to Palahniuk's writing if he started writing about politics. Now this is a really highly honored comparison for me as I'm a huge Palahniuk fan. Warner has a great sense of humor and makes some really keen observations through his charac...more
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Review by Joseph Clifford

I had a writing professor who told a great story about how to write a villain. Back when he was enrolled in theater class, the day’s assignment had been to portray the bad guy. My professor set about doing the standard dastardly pantomimes—shooting snake eyes, twirling mustache, unhinged laughter—until the teacher stopped him mid-cackle. “No, no, no!” he said, “You don’t get it. The villain doesn’t know he’s a villain!”

James Warner’s All Her Father’s Guns is the story of...more
Sophia
All Her Father's Guns follows Cal Lyte, a Libertarian in a long-running feud with his ex-wife. When she decides to run for Congress on issues that Cal is diametrically opposed to, Cal decides to do everything he can to stop her being elected. To help him he turns to a number of people, including his daughter's British-born boyfriend, Reid.


Cal and Reid narrate alternate chapters of the novel, and have very different approaches to life. Cal is the all-American go-getter, who believes he can acheiv...more
Judy B.
Somehow, James Warner manages to skewer both ends of the political spectrum and mock Americans & Europeans and dim-wits & intellectuals with equal measure AND both entertains and prompts self-reflection -- all without being trite or too clever.

I laughed, I cringed, I felt sad, I felt chastened, I bit my nails, and then I laughed and nodded my head and wished I had ever written something this smart and tight. Maybe I have. Maybe it's like cooking: things taste better when someone makes t...more
Andrew Dugas
Came for the author (a friend), stayed for the increasingly awesome read.

The author successfully delivers a novel in which narrative doesn't take second place to social commentary, satire, and clever writing writing. If anything the lightness increases the impact of the emotional material. After all, the narrative takes place in 2002, after 9/11 but before the invasion of Iraq. The catalog of past and present hurt and loss is immense but not melancholy.

I found myself seeking out this book to fin...more
Heather
All Her Father’s Guns was funny and scary at the same time. The story takes place in the west (California, Arizona, Nevada) and is told from two alternating points of view–those of Cal and Reid. It essentially makes fun of the extremes seen everywhere in the United States, both on the left and the right: from politics, to religion, to academics, to the corporate world, no extremist view is safe from Warner’s satire and wit. All Her Father’s Guns is a (fictitious) study on just how ridiculous our...more
melydia
Cal is a venture capitalist obsessed with guns and hopelessly in love with his Romanian dominatrix of a therapist. Reid is a British-born graduate student in the Department of Theory at Berkeley, studying the socialogical implications of cinematical errors in Casablanca. Reid also happens to be dating Cal's daughter. In addition, Cal's ex-wife, Tabytha, is running for Congress on the ultra-crazy-conservative ticket and attempting to squeeze Cal for all he's worth. When Reid is laid off from Berk...more
Colleen
"...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, bu...more
Tatiana
I enjoyed All Her Father’s Guns very much. It is well written, engaging and quite hilarious. The author created some memorable characters who are very sympathetic despite being eccentric and nutty. Many scenes are set in the Bay Area which gives this novel a local feel. It is a great satire on right-wing American politics, the gun worship and the take-no-prisoners venture capitalism of the Silicon Valley. Although I was not very keen on multiple twists and turns of the plot, I can see how other...more
Nora
Nov 20, 2011 Nora added it
I'm really happy to have read James' book. Clever, fast-moving satire on everything from the world of academic deconstructionist/psychoanalytic theory to Libertarians. This is a fast, enjoyable, well-written read. The publishing world is crazy--this easily could have been put out by a bigger imprint and found a wider audience. So I'll do my part in promoting it in this DIY way. I'm sticking to my new policy of not giving star ratings to books by people I know, but if you're in the mood for a fun...more
Sara Habein
All Her Father’s Guns is a quick bit of entertainment, one that might have been stronger with the focus given to just a few ridiculous elements, rather than a hundred. While I would not say it’s been one of my recent favorites, I still enjoyed reading it. Knowing what we do about the current election climate, the book’s election concerns are somewhat nostalgic relief.

(My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters.)
Benoit Lelievre
All right, this was a quirky and clever read. Pretty funny also. But the humor in ALL HER FATHER'S GUNS resides in the structure and the confrontation of ideas. It's a highly conceptual novel and therefore it's not for everybody, because the plot is really subjected to the ideas Warner gets through. I liked it. I thought humor was a very smart way of comparing academic and capitalist lifestyles, their respective strengths and weaknesses. Cal Lyte's pearls of wisdom are quite the showstopper.
Cary Tennis
Well, I really, heartily enjoyed this book. James Warner has a wry sense of humor and a sharp, wise take on contemporary, uh, life in the SF Bay Area and these United States, graduate school, right-wing capitalists, American mores if there is such a thing, and, uh, did I mention a very wry sense of humor? Pay attention to that wry sense of humor and you will pick it up; it might even rub off on you. To paraphrase our president: You should read this book. You should read this book now.
Jessica
A must read for anyone who loves satire. Any and every subject social and political that may heat up a conversation is chewed up and spat out in this really well written story. In less than 200 pages James Warner manages what many cannot in twice as many pages.

I think it mostly came down to characters though. What I got out of it is that we may not be the way we see ourselves and some people are just bat shit crazy.
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