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Screwjack

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,001 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
Hunter S. Thompson's legions of fans have waited a decade for this book.

They will not be disappointed. His notorious Screwjack is as salacious, unsettling, and brutally lyrical as it has been rumored to be since the private printing in 1991 of three hundred fine collectors' copies and twenty-six leather-bound presentation copies. Only the first of the three pieces include
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published December 2000 by Simon & Schuster
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Josh Woods
May 26, 2010 Josh Woods rated it really liked it
Okay, four stars is a little high for this book but I just couldn't bring myself give it anything else purely because it was written by Hunter S. Thompson. Having said that, I wouldn't call this the best expose of Thompson's writing. There is a fairly interesting retelling of his first mescaline trip, which has moments, but there is no extended brilliance to the writing. The second story is forgettable (by which I mean I've already forgot what its about) and then there's "Screwjack", the title s ...more
Ensiform
Dec 19, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Three short stories. The first, “Mescalito,” is a stream of consciousness account of Thompson’s first mescaline experience, alone in an LA hotel room. A fine piece of weirdness and misanthropic torment. “Goddam is there no human peaceful sound on the radio... I hear that wily old charwoman sucking on the doorknob again, goddam her sneaky ass what does she want? I have no money.”

Next, “The Death of a Poet” is a brief, dark confrontation with a deservedly doomed friend, Leach, who beats blow-up do
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Charlie Green
Aug 31, 2011 Charlie Green rated it liked it
Really strange, but another fanstatic example of Gonzo journalism. I had just finished researching Thompson a bit before I read this which made this short story hugely interesting to me. The bit with Screwjack his cat was quite tricky to read, and his commentary on his first trip on mescaline was very insightful!
John Defrog
One of the few HST books I haven’t read yet, mainly due to economics – I couldn’t see paying the full trade-paperback price for a 60-page book with three short pieces. Finally I got a cheap copy, and I have to say it was worthwhile only in that it was a fast way to put me another book ahead in my 2016 Reading Challenge. The first story, “Mescalito” – about his first experience with mescaline – is actually classic HST, but it also appears in Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the Ame ...more
Byshoon
Feb 04, 2016 Byshoon rated it really liked it
The first of three essays in this (Mescalito) is classic Thompson, riding out a slightly underestimated drug (Mescaline), and typing to keep his sanity tethered to reality throughout the hallucinations. It struck me that other writers would more likely experience the effects then write about it afterwards, whereas this level of madness if where HST thrives.

The second essay is fantastic, I love reading about the friends he had, or the people he deemed "worthy" of drinking/going crazy with, even
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David Russomano
Aug 06, 2012 David Russomano rated it it was ok
I didn't realize how short this would be before I read it. Though it provided another taste of Thompson's wild writing, none of its constituent parts seemed to go much of anywhere and the whole thing was done before it got started. Or maybe there was something wrong with the kindle version.
Kim
Dec 19, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. "Mescalito" is Mescalicious. Hunter really knocked it out of the park on these short stories. Short and to the crazy point. "Death of a Poet" certainly seems prophetic, doesn't it? Highly recommend, more digestable than some of his longer works...LOVE IT!
Nate Jordon
Oct 16, 2009 Nate Jordon rated it really liked it
Here's a little bit of Thompson at his mescaline-addled stream of consciousness best. It's a quick read and that's the only downer; one can never get enough of the Good Doctor.
Tito Quiling, Jr.
One can finish this book within 15 minutes. And that's reading Thompson, the father of gonzo journalism, at a regular pace--not too fast, nor too slow. With three fictional narratives in this slim title, it feels as though you're running through the stories--in "Mescalito" you seem to look at a friend relaying an experience with mescaline in a dingy motel room, while "Death of a Poet" tries to illustrate an infuriated husband with violent reactions using a doll to avoid hurting his wife, and "Sc ...more
Bonnie
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it
That third story was pretty damn weird but the first was incredibly clever and the second quite shocking. Overall, a quick read that fans will enjoy.
Akshay
Nov 17, 2012 Akshay rated it did not like it
While people are lamenting about the short length of the book, I was happy to finish it as soon as I could. Writing without any real story.
Claire D
Mar 02, 2010 Claire D rated it it was amazing
I got this book free with a university newspaper one year - a very short story. Classic Thompson prose and very funny. Well worth a read
Matt Staff
Feb 26, 2015 Matt Staff rated it it was amazing
funnily enough, I read this book coming off a bender that pushed all the boundaries with those delinquents I claim as my closest friends. the feel of the few short stories, which make up Screw-Jack, is mescaline fueled delirium. As reader I felt myself drift off on waves of insanity, as I followed HST down some spontaneous roads of rational deprivation-where all that's sure, is the nonexistence of any 'a limitation. he accepts everything, in every form, and no doubt the final concoction of booze ...more
Heather
Jan 02, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
*Back-dating reviews based on snips I find*

I have an issue with Hunter S. Thompson’s writing. I like it, but I feel like I’m not in on the secret. It’s like someone saying something to you and you understand it, but everyone else is on the joke that you didn’t quite catch. See, I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as well as the Rum Diaries. The latter was described as witty and hilarious on the blurb or review and it surprised me, because I liked it, but not because I found it hilarious. Ever
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Heather
Nov 14, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok
Whoops, I thought. Welcome to the night train.

I was hoping for the night train. For more bits of HST's non-sequiters that are a bit of stream-of-consciousness, gonzo truth.

This wasn't it. _Screwjack_, a publication of a 90s, private printing only collection of 3 of HST's shorts (2 pieces out of 3 are straight fiction, I think I've read, but not sure). "Mescalito" was messy-- fun, but messy. Better done in _Fear and Loathing_. (although it's still impressive any time I read any writing committe
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Janne Paananen
Hunter S. Thompson on tunnettu ennen kaikkea Pelkoa ja inhoa Las Vegasin huumehuuruisista mustejäljistä valkoisella paperilla. Ja huuruisella tiellä kuljetaan myös tässä kolme novellia niputtavassa suupalassa. Ensimmäinen novelli kuvaa uskottavan oloisesti meskaliini-trippiä, toisessa skitsoillaan urakalla ihmishenkien kustannuksella ja kolmannessa kissa kokee kovia. Thompsonin teksteissä todellisuus ja pään sisäinen sekoilu heittävät kuperkeikkaa.
Hosho
Jun 15, 2014 Hosho rated it really liked it
Finished reading it for the 2nd time, and still can't say I'm ready to review it yet...a shotgun-blast of a book, easily read in one sitting, and the hysterical (and hilarious) madness contained therein will stay with you for long after. Until a proper review is given, let's just say "Read it." I guarantee you'll have a kind of visceral reaction to it -- be that good or bad.
Matt
May 03, 2016 Matt rated it liked it
The first story in this compilation is classic Thompson: drugs, paranoia and rambling stream of consciousness. It sets you up to think the others will follow suit. They don’t. Although his writing remains the visceral chaotic rambling I normally love, the unexpected delve into fiction, violent and bestial, threw me off somewhat.
Ad
Nov 17, 2015 Ad rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's not long, I think it took me about twenty minutes to read the whole thing which is probably good, because any longer and I might have gone insane, myself. It seems as though the first part (Mescalito) is completely unedited, and really puts you in the mindset of someone who's teetering on the edge of sanity.
Bethany  T
Dec 22, 2014 Bethany T rated it it was ok
Read this late at night. Really, really strange. Written out like a dream, a nightmare, honestly, but one many people will recognize, horrifyingly, in themselves.

Maybe I should rate it higher, but I can't find it in myself to like the picture, well drawn as it is. I read it with morbid fascination.
Sarah
Nov 24, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Having never read anything by Hunter S Thompson before, I nevertheless thought I knew what to expect. This book is partly that - the first story is an account of Thompson taking mescaline in an LA hotel room, then hopping on a plane for Colorado. The second story (I think - I read a bootleg downloaded version so I'm unsure about some of the section breaks) was weirder, but funnier, if a story about a suicide can be described as funny. It's the final story, from which the collection takes its tit ...more
David Koblos
Mar 17, 2013 David Koblos rated it did not like it
True enough, the Good Doctor has written a number of fine books. This one is clearly not one of them, despite the promising reviews and the collector's copy limited edition. It features four stories, the first one being probably the most typically Thompson, though quite poorly so, as he gives a live account of his first experience with mescaline. The second one is familiar to those who have read Kingdom of Fear, about a crazy wife-beating friend of his and his rubber dolls. The third and fourth ...more
Richard
My head hurts after reading this!

The first tale, a frenetic stream-of-consciousness account of the authors experience of drug taking is a challenging read to say the least but works well and in my opinion is the stand out story. The title piece was very poor though.

2.5/5
Siddharth Chakravarthy
Clearly Not my type !! Geez. I just wasted 20 minutes of my life reading this book :/ It was just 82 pages and I din't even get a tinge of what he was trying to say .
Lee
Feb 01, 2015 Lee rated it it was ok
Mescalito was quote good, but Screwjack was just plain fucking weird. I wonder what kind of reaction it might provoke without Thompson's name attached.
Josef Sperzel
Feb 10, 2015 Josef Sperzel rated it it was amazing
This was an amazingly Thompson-esque trip through oddity. So much fun, and I wish it were longer.
Lyndsey
Sep 28, 2014 Lyndsey rated it liked it
Quick, wild, funny, true to his run on sentences stream of "consciousness" style.
Jack
Feb 05, 2016 Jack rated it liked it
"Who cares? Shit happens. On some days I don't miss my memory at all... Most days, in fact."
Kahn
Jul 16, 2012 Kahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hunter was a character who lived life and had wild thoughts - his books tell us that. But to get close to understanding the man (as much as is possible), then you need to find his shorter writings. His essays, his letters, his short stories.
For it is here that he gave free reign to his brain. Short bursts of gonzo joy, vomited onto the page without apology.
Gathered here are the first time he took mescaline (written during the experience), a man who loves his cat and a tiff in a trailer park.
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Matt
Aug 10, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm thankful I didn't write in my late teens and early twenties. Thankful that I didn't smack any stream of conscience on paper. Whew, or else I might have written this kind of craziness.

The 1st story, about his first experience with Mescaline, was interesting and surely an exaggeration! Although, I kept thinking to myself, why doesn't he just muster the courage to finally turn that damn TV off! The 2nd story was sheer pulp fiction, but somewhat humorous in a sinister sort of fashion. The final
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Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, famous for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become the central figures of their stories. He is also known for his promotion and use of psychedelics and other mind-altering substanc ...more
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