The inventive and quirky premise, carried so well in the beginning, allows the story to coast, and in coasting I think that is where things falter a bit. For my taste, I think Knox pulled his punches and didn't allow the character to go dark. He allowed the characters to tip-toe up to it, but failed to follow through with...more
Leggero senza essere stupido, semplice senza essere banale.
L'autore si destreggia bene con la sua idea di rovesciare quel gran capolavoro che è "La metamorfosi" di quel gran genio di Kafka limitandosi al parallelismo solo nelle prime pagine, quelle in cui racconta di un piccolo scarafaggio che si risveglia umano, uomo.
Per il resto la storia racconta della lenta presa di coscienza di questo cambiamento e della progressiva ascesa di Jerry Blatta dai bassifondi ai piani a...more
This is a very funny bankshot, with left english
off of Kafka's Metamorphosis. Instead of a
man waking up and finding out that he's turned
into a roach, a roach checks in to a roach motel
and finds, to his disgust, that he's become a man.
It's a perfect set-up for taking a shot at someone:
what kind of a guy does a roach turn into?
Your cousin Louie? Michael Jackson? Dick Cheyney?
It should be no surprise that he goes first in to
organized crime, then legitimate business, then politics.
Kockroach is a metaphor, but it's also a story of discovery. You're meant to think about what it means to be human, and the choices you've made that form your personality, as well as your persona, and how tho...more
Tyler Knox (a pseudonym for crime novelist William Lashner) creates something wholly original from a wide range of sources: Kafka's famous short story, Jerzy Kosinzky's Being There, the acclaimed 1970s film Midnight Cowboy, and a heavy dose of entomological research. What could have simply been a clever idea becomes a thoughtful, humorous inquiry into the adaptability of cockroaches and people. A few critics find some inconsistency in characterization, specifically with Mikey "Mite," as well as...more
I'd thought Knox was a first-time scribe, which enhanced my praise for him in my reading circles, but it later bothered me to learn he took on this pseudonym so as not to alienate his genre readers...more
As he still has all the drive of a cockroach, he thrives on greed and fear. He rises through the crime ranks to become the "Boss" and in the end, gets involved in politics.
A very interesting idea, however, it could have been shortened by about 50 pages or so and tightened up just a bit.
Anyone who is familiar with Franz Kafka's short story "Metamorphosis", where a male turns into a cockroach, will notice that this notion has been turned on its thorax in this highl...more
Thankfully, “Kockroach” doesn’t take the bug-learns-how-to-love-and-lives-happily-ever...more
First half weird, grotesque and funny, then the originality diminishes a bit, the story becomes more "classic", something of a disappointment.
This is the second book of late that I've read with the animal-to-man premise; the other one was 'The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore.' 'Kochroach' handles this better by the way. Much better, and with about half the page count.
Kochroach applies his basic instincts of greed and fear to this new human life, quickly going from enforcer to boss of Times Square. I really enjoyed this one, however, th...more