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S.F.W.

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Considered a hero after disarming the two antinuclear activists who had been holding him hostage in a local 7-Eleven, Cliff Spab spends his fifteen minutes of fame going on joyrides and chasing women. Reprint.
Hardcover, 147 pages
Published January 23rd 1991 by Random House
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David
Dec 11, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
I almost refuse to write a review of this book. Almost. There are certain books I read over and over again. "The Great Gatsby," "The Ginger Man," and "The Sun Also Rises" among others. Books I can read endlessly. "S.F.W." is one of those books. Despite the fact that the publisher took the rough draft Wellman had put together after winning a Playboy contest for "The Madison Heights Syndrome," tossed on a title and cover, threw it out into the world before it was finished, made a movie, and all ...more
Joseph Michael Owens
Dec 11, 2013 Joseph Michael Owens rated it really liked it
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This book came highly recommended by my buddy, David Atkinson. It definitely didn't disappoint. What I perhaps liked most about this (unfinished) novel [longish novella?] was Wellman's excellent use of vernacular; the voice truly pops! The pace is fast and keeps the reader engaged, not to mention that the narrator, Cliff Spab, is witty as hell!

Despite being written in 1990, the book doesn't feel dated at all. Once I finished the book, I sat back and thought to myself how I couldn't believe that
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Jesse L.
Jun 03, 2012 Jesse L. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never have I struggled so hard to get through a book so easy to read. "SFW" wants you to like protagonist Cliff Spab, a slacker stoner who reaches for f-bombs as often as he does his next beer. The trouble is, Spab is inherently unlikeable, and even Spab himself admits this towards the novel's end. I am constantly puzzled how books like these are published, even more so when they garner glowing reviews, and the trifecta comes when the film rights are sold... and the film is actually much better ...more
Sarah
Nov 11, 2008 Sarah added it
Takes place in my hometown. I knew the 7-11, the street names Made into a bad movie. It wasn't a terrible book.
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Cool. Like the first zip from your beer.
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