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We Are Oblivion

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4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Stephen Mansfield, an amnesiac former boxer, is desperately trying to put the pieces of his past back together. Along with his girlfriend, a pregnant prostitute named Fancy, he decides to leave his dilapidated New York apartment in search of anything that will help him remember who he is.

Their world is changed almost immediately, however, when robbed by a band of marauders

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Published (first published December 27th 2010)
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Edward Rathke
I will preface this review by saying this: I only read the first six chapters online in the free e-book sample and that is why it earned the extra star.

I knew nothing about the author coming into this except that it was his second novel and he has some rather glowing reviews and it seemed that I kept hearing about this book from people. So I thought I'd look at it.

Reviews laud the writing, which baffles me. I found myself cringing at times, not because of the disgusting things being portrayed [w
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Minerva
It was okay. I tried reading it a second time because I felt I might have missed something else aside from the ending, which I'll get to, but the second read just felt like a chore. There's a lot of telling and not much showing. I really didn't experience anything with this book. Everything just seemed so obvious. Then there's typos. I'll flat out say that my grammar is pretty damn poor and even I found the errors to be jarring. It's not the author's fault though. That's what editors are for.

I
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Colin McKay Miller
Jul 23, 2011 Colin McKay Miller rated it did not like it
Recommended to Colin by: "Dirty Noir" editor Doc O'Donnell
Shelves: novels, abandoned, kindle

Michael Sonbert’s We Are Oblivion is buried beneath the boredom of its relentless pursuit of torture porn.

Stephen has something wrong with his head. Not only because he wants to kill someone with his hooker girlfriend, Fancy, but also because there’s actually something broken that makes him not remember his past. He also has a tendency to pick fights, do the grossest thing he can think of on the spot, and soon he and Fancy are robbing and hooking their way across the country in search of that i
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Nathan Pettigrew
Craziest book I’ve read this year with Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All The Time at a close second.

We Are Oblivion is definitely the book to read in 2011 –one of the best years in literature that I can remember with stacks of great new releases to offer –and nothing beats the sheer raw impact and mindfuck of this particular release.

We Are Oblivion is the story of answers to questions that one asks when actually faced with the final moments of life.

It’s the Nightmare edition of Jack Kerouac’
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Bethany Andrews
Jun 12, 2011 Bethany Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
Wow. We Are Oblivion is one crazy ride...

The story centers around an amnesiac named Stephen who smiles every time he remembers something, and his cohort, Fancy, a very pregnant prostitute who's number one goal in life is to kill someone, "just to watch them die." They're lost, broke and aside from each other, all alone in the big city of New York. So when they come up with the idea to just leave, its one that appeals to them both.

From here the story gets pretty wild...they find themselves in Ok
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Brandon Tietz
May 14, 2011 Brandon Tietz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I'll say it right now: I'm a biased opinion.

I've been working with this author for quite some time in a few different capacities, but that doesn't take away from the fact that "We Are Oblivion" is truly great work that deserves all the praise it will most definitely garnish.

"We Are Oblivion" is tonally in the same vein as Sonbert's debut, "The Never Enders."

It's dark.
It's gritty.
It's violent.
And it will kick your a$$.

The prose will not caress your face or plant soft little kisses on your neck. N
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Peter Goutis
Jun 05, 2011 Peter Goutis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read The Never Enders (Sonbert's first book) when it first came out. For some reason I couldn't get in to it. But I was really excited for this one. I can't even tell you why. Maybe it was because a lot of friends who's opinions I respect said it was good? Either way, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy.

So I ordered it the day it came out.

Started it shortly after.

And I started reading... And at first I thought this was going to be like his first book, and I wouldn't be able to g
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David Donaghe
Jun 22, 2011 David Donaghe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the back cover: Stephen Mansfield, an amnesic former boxer, is depressed trying to put the pieces of his past back together. Along with his girlfriend, a pregnant prostitute named Fancy, he decides to leave his dilapidated New York Apartment in search of anything that will help him remember who he is. Their world is changed immediately, however, when robbed by a band of marauders just outside of Cleveland. Forced to do what they must to survive, they find themselves on a violent cross-count ...more
Tannis
Dec 29, 2011 Tannis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, this book is not for the faint of heart. This book was like a roller coaster but you were always up and oddly eager to find out what craziness is on the next page. The few people I know that read the book really didn't like it...thought the material/content was over-done. I may have agreed if the book didn't end the way it did. It was only a sample of the filth that lies deep inside our brains in that little "recycle" bin of our minds. I would cautiously recommend.
Jay Slayton-Joslin
If you want sparkly vampires, feel good plots and happy resolutions close this window, delete the page and go. If you want a book that will capture you, amaze you and leave you speechless buy it now. Sonbert creates two fantastically written characters and puts them on an emotional and chaotic journey; his master of prose means you're sat along for the ride.
Andy Pronti
May 15, 2011 Andy Pronti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't even finished this book yet and I've already given it five stars. All I can say is WOW!! This novel is a kick in the teeth to the reader and i'm loving every second of it.
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