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the last good story.

4.6 of 5 stars 4.60  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Bradley is losing it. Only he is not so sure he ever really had it at all.

His life is suffocating within the small town he is confined to: fast food job, community college classes, a pothead slacker existence. His parents are failures in their own right, turning the act of raising him over to the television, the only beacon of guidance he has known.

When a reality show come
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Disasterpiece Press
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Won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway-and it was signed with a little note from MRK to moi. Not too shabby.

First, I love the font. It's perfect for the book. Second, I love Bradley. No, I don't. I love that Bradley is so flawed. One second he's telling us he's a loser and the next he's patting himself on the back for something that was probably grossly exaggerated on his part. He's selfish and stubborn and while he tries to be insightful, he usually comes up short. Third, bravo to the ending. Mo
Andrew Coltrin
Should I compare this to Moby-Dick? I should. At times our narrator, Bradley, appears to have his head shoved firmly up his own ass, much like Ishmael. Also, bits of the prose could be panned as the ravings of a madman by contemporary reviewers. Even so, there are deep and profound reasons for Bradley's cranial-rectal inversion. He speaks from a genuine American voice that perhaps no one is willing to listen to, but they should. Bradley's pain in the face of the futility of America, and the doom ...more
Corey Hickok
'the last good story' is a brilliant piece of modern American literature. Matthew R. Kelley's perfectly crafted tale, told from the point of view of the protagonist's hazy memories of the story's events, provide an innovative and thrilling joyride. While the book does take a little time to get ramped up, once you are enthralled in the story you will not want to put it down. Bradley starts off as a predictable stoner/slacker, but becomes an unpredictable shell of his former self by the shocking e ...more
A brilliant snap shot of modern media's grip on a fragile mind. This psychological thrill ride begs the question, "What would Bradley do?" The answer just may surprise you......
A great read and a real page turner. Thought provoking and at times humorous.
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Placed into an escape pod, jettisoned into space from a dying planet, MRK crash landed on Earth in 1981. He proceeded to spend the decade Moonwalking to Michael Jackson and learning the Heart of Rock & Roll from Huey Lewis & the News. Much of his formative years were used exploring the ocean for the lost city of Atlantis and the clouds for Olympus.

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