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Linger Awhile

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  148 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Irving Goodman, self-confessed dirty old man, is 83 years old and has just fallen in love. Unfortunately, Justine Trimble, satr of 1950s cowboy B-movies, has been dead for 47 years. He saw her first in Last Stage to El Paso, a lowlife black-and-whie Western, and has been unable to think of anything else since. Desperate, Goodman invokes the help of his old friend, Istvan ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published 2006)
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Jason Mills
Jun 28, 2010 Jason Mills rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hoban fans, vampire completists
Now, I'm a big fan of Hoban's stuff. His early books had a density of imagery and linguistic abandon that marked him as an original. His later books, the 'London novels', are lighter in tone and substance, featuring recurrent characters. Suspiciously often they also feature old men fulfilling their sexual fantasies (RH is no spring chicken...). Nonetheless, they are usually very funny, sometimes affecting, and have anarchic and playful gimmicks by which they earn their keep.

In this case, Irving
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Matthew Gatheringwater
Dec 30, 2007 Matthew Gatheringwater rated it liked it
Recommends it for: boomers planning retirement
I think this is a fantasy novel for the soon-to-be old. It features hard-drinking, vampire-spawning, sexy seniors who can't resist doing all the things they are old enough to know better than to do. It is like Frankenstein, but funny. It asks a lot of the same questions--What is our responsibility to our creations? Why are we so often disappointed by the realization of our ideals? How do I kill my monster?--but the answers are all tongue-in-cheek.

Since the novel is structured in a series of diff
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Cecily
"Suspension of disbelief is the first step in doing anything hitherto thought impossible."

A quick and mildly amusing male fantasy gone wrong, with a dash of sci fi, detective novel and quasi-Buddhist philosophy.

An old man falls in love with an actress from a black and white cowboy film and gets someone to bring her to life by dissolving particles of her (from video) in a "suspension of disbelief" (conceptually very slightly like the Infinite Improbability Drive in Hitchhiker's Guide?), adding i
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Conor
Jul 29, 2015 Conor rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
This was in my backlog of books to rate, which is getting quite a bit oversized.

Here's the deal: Russel Hoban writes books that blur reality but are mostly about interaction between people. The proportion of reality blur and people interaction generally define how I feel about his books. If they're more people interaction, then I generally give them three stars, if they're more reality bending, they ease towards five.

I never regret reading Hoban, but I can't recommend some of his books over ot
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Grady Ormsby
Dec 21, 2010 Grady Ormsby rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy and sci-fi lovers
I am near the end of Deutcher's Trotsky trilogy. Though fascinating and powerful, the prose is a bit dense. Sometimes I have to take a break and read something else.

About thirty years ago, my friend Alan gave me a copy of "Riddley Walker" by Russell Hoban. It was an imaginative novel set after "the big flash-boom." I was taken with Hoban's style, his plot, and the creation of a argot language used by his futuristic characters.

So when I spotted "Linger Awhile" in a Daedalus catalog, I had to ord
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Tim
Jan 07, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it
I used to be in a band called The Hired Sportsmen, named after the children’s book Captain Najork and the Hired Sportsmen by Russell Hoban. Our singer rang Hoban (who was at the time quite ill), who agreed – with some bewilderment – to us using the name. It was only after this point that we discovered that Hoban was, in fact, a prolific author of magic-realism novels. Since then I’ve read Riddley Walker and Amaryllis Night and Day – the latter of which is one of the most lovable books I’ve read ...more
Magdelanye
This cautionary tale by the great man in the final chapters of his life may rankle those whose feathers are easily fluffed. What feminist of any gender wants to read yet another tragic lament about dirty old men lusting after ripe young bodies etc?

Only this is RH and the moral of the story applies across the board: be very very careful what you wish for.

If you can relax and suspend your disbelief ( and maybe contempt) you might even get a few laughs as the three men who dare to tamper with reali
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Steve
Sep 01, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
83-year-old Irving Goodman falls in love, in 2004, with a long-dead actress in some western movies from the 50s. He approaches a friend to either bring the actress to him, or send him to the actress. The friend does the former, and in his turn falls in love with her, or her black-and-white avatar from the movies, grown in a vat.

The novel is told in alternating points of view from pretty much all the major characters in the novel. Hoban is a master of language and has some delicious puns and ref
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Dominick
This is a bizarre book--unsurprising, really, for Hoban, but still, what a concept. An old man infatuated with a movie star dead for 47 years gets a tech wizard friend to come up with a method of converting her video image to flesh. Two problems: 1) she is in black and white; 2) she is a vampire. Why a vampire? Who knows, but if you are willing to buy Hoban's playful account of how she is made flesh (it involved a fluid mix he calls a "suspension of disbelief"), why not? The book is narrated ...more
Isabel
Jan 21, 2009 Isabel rated it it was amazing
Trawling through my local independent bookshop (yes! they still exist) amongst the chick-lit and historical sagas my eyes glanced upon a book jacket reminiscent of those dime novels from 40s America. Being a fan of all things retro, I started reading the blurb.

A reanimated 1950s actress turned vampire with a cast of aging cronies lusting after her - this sounded like my kind of book and indeed it is.

This is the first time I have read any of Russell Hoban's books and I shall now be attacking his
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Tim Pendry
Jun 07, 2008 Tim Pendry rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone With A Sense of ther Macabre, Old Men
This reads like a novelisation of a screenplay and it can be 'done' in a few hours. It is a 'spin' on the classic vampire tale, a 'hommage' to Hammer horror, based in the Soho of old men and women who worked once in the media. It may be no work of genius but it is witty, fast-paced, knowing and good-humoured - showing that sex and violence can be quite funny and that the former can still be a live issue when you are well over 60 (which has to be good news). Very very British. Think 'Carry On ...more
Jonathan
Old Codgers fancy 50s starlet, ressurect her from video twice, once with too many toads, regret it.

Whimsical light tone, and this is a very short book, starlets turned sort-of-vampire drinks lots of people. Ineffectually world weary police sit around and do very little, despite grasping exactly what is going on from no clues whatsoever. The swinging codgers have a nice time, at least at the start before they get to know their starlet too well. She has a fairly miserable time poor thing, especial
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Mykle
Oct 12, 2015 Mykle rated it really liked it
Russel Hoban's last book. It's a vampire-ish love story among septuagenarians, as observed by various characters in turn. It starts out a tiny bit far-fetched, but honestly I'd read anything Russel Hoban wrote about anything. The supernatural moments of the book are nothing for the Anne Rice fan, but the way all these wizened characters navigate their worlds, enlightened and weighed down by lifetimes of experience, is gorgeous.
Agnieszka
Weird book. I like weird books.
It's short, easy to read, enjoyable. Makes it perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon or longer journey, as you're likely to finish it in one go.
I did not find it very funny, however, I'm not sure it was really meant to be. But a bit of extra humor would raise it a star.
I don't think it's a book you go out of your way to read, but if it's there it's worth flipping through and I shall reach for the author again.
Padmavyuha
Feb 27, 2012 Padmavyuha rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Russell Hoban for years, though I didn't enjoy his books from the 80's onwards, finding them unnecessarily raunchy. I've recently read a few of his much later books (not realising he'd just died) and found them more redemptive and less gratuitously porn-ish.

This one wasn't bad, I enjoy his style of switching between different characters' perspectives.
Andrew
Apr 24, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up secondhand and read it in a day. Must admit the cover attracted me, and whilst the build-up to this pulp story was good fun, the denouement seemed to be over rather quickly. Haven't read any Hoban before, but will now keep my eye out for other work.
Justin Howe
Jan 16, 2013 Justin Howe rated it really liked it
A great book I'm uncomfortable recommending because it's Russell Hoban.

Underneath all the antics and happenings there's a sad story about longing and loss mixed in with cowgirl vampires born from a vat containing a "suspension of disbelief".
Eli
Aug 08, 2008 Eli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as ambitious as his earlier stuff, not by miles, just a schlocky read.

I thought it would be really good as a graphic novel, incidentally, it has that pulpy feel to it and would be helped along greatly with a bit of inking.
Julian
Nov 14, 2011 Julian rated it it was amazing
Man makes celluloid girl friend, she turns into vampire.. I think. Russell Hoban is a genius, It's all great

Rose Gowen
Apr 24, 2014 Rose Gowen rated it liked it
This novel reminds me of certain Oulipo novels composed under some constraint or conforming to some puzzle or pattern: a little stiff and strained if you're looking for realism, but also gleeful.
Shan
Feb 26, 2008 Shan rated it really liked it
There are some strange people in this world with weird thoughts going through their minds but those thought, even though slightly disturbing make a decent book.
Tree
Aug 20, 2007 Tree rated it it was ok
Mildly amusing. While I really thought this book would be good, it was rather shallow and lacked believability.
Terry Mark
Apr 22, 2016 Terry Mark rated it really liked it
A short novel that has a completely bonkers storyline with some naughtiness and laughs along the way , I loved it.
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