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Horse Latitudes

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Time is running out for Chester Sprockett. How is an unemployed, aspiring novelist supposed to survive when the thirty grand borrowed off his dead father's credit cards is almost gone, and the only work he can find is hawking toys and cheesy novelty items door-to-door . . . and on commission yet?

And talk about woman trouble: There's Pandora, the beautiful magician's assist...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published November 17th 2008 by America Star Books
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"In the Sargasso Sea there is no wind. Many, many years ago, when ships travel by sail, they would sometimes get stuck here. For weeks and weeks they would sometimes drift, waiting for the wind to come. The sailors called this 'The Horse Latitudes'."
Chester Sprockett receives this definition of the Horse Latitudes from the owner of a little coffee shop after he explains he has writers' block. In fact most of Chester's life has become stuck, he feels he is always waiting for something... Once a h...more
One of my favorite books of all times, starts strong and gets better and better, had me turned on from the beginning, and kept me engaged to the very last page, loved the style of writing , simple, witty with a touch of Romance and abundance of humor ,between past and present Chester speaks fondly of his family, friends and his true love , tells his sizzling sexual encounters and foresees a future where dreams come true, , its all you want in One Book ,it's simply amazing and only possible by a...more
Darcia Helle
I loved Chester! This is his story and he kept me entertained throughout. In between the humorous quips and anecdotes, this story holds nuggets of insight.

Scenes from Chester's past, from childhood to early adulthood, are woven in and around his present day situation. We see the good and the bad of all that shaped him into the man he became. The writing is crisp. The characters a fun, motley assortment. A great book to escape into for any reason.
This 'goodread' keeps you wanting more. Right when you think you know what is around the corner, it surprises you with something totally different. Horse Latitudes is by far a book to read in a day, on the beach, on vacation. Or whenever you are looking for a quick mood-pickerupper. Highly recommended!

A brilliant novel about a struggling writer trying to live idealistically in the shadows of the American Dream. Chester Sprockett, an anti-hero of the magnitude of Dostoevsky's Underground Man, tries his hand at love, writing, and sales. The narrative bounces back and forth between past and present, showing Chester's loss of innocence with rich humor laced with deep emotion.

My favorite scenes include a football game with famous dead authors and zombies and the chapter "Four 20s and a 10."

If you...more
Emily Hill
Mar 01, 2011 Emily Hill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who carries a Kindle so that they can read adult material.
Recommended to Emily by: Chet
Clever, contemporary, clean dialogue. Well, take back the latter adjective. I mean crisp, well delivered, punchy dialogue, delivered by real people. Great punch...and great punch line!

Read it! You'll a good way ;D
Mar 30, 2009 Quentin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Don't take my word for it. Read it yourself.
Jul 18, 2010 Cheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I bought this book used from Barnes and Noble and it seems to be signed by the author, so I am keeping it for sure.

I saw the author on Goodreads and he seemed like a very interesting person, so I had to read his book.

I am not going to tell you what this book is about because you can see this from the Goodreads summary. Here is a quote from page 38: "In the Sargasso Sea there is no wind. Many, many years ago, when ships travel by sail, they would sometimes get stuck here. For weeks and weeks they...more
Cyndi Chauvin
'The human heart was a peculiar piece of work: it never truly let go."
Love that.

It seems like you go a lot of places and touch a lot of emotions and laugh out loud quite a bit in one short book and that's pretty cool.
Richard Fulgham
Jan 15, 2009 Richard Fulgham marked it as to-read
Man, this is a book I've GOT to read. The title is genius. The theme is pandemic.
my Boyfriend got me this Book , I Loved it !!! Sexy , Funny , very pleasent read
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Writing is the dragon that lives underneath my floorboards. The one I incessantly feed for fear it may turn and devour my ass. Writing is the friend who doesn't return my phone calls; the itch I'm unable to scratch; a dinner invitation from a cannibal; elevator music for a narcoleptic. Writing is the hope of lifting all boats by pissing in the ocean. Writing isn't something that makes me happy lik...more
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“Chester watched it shining clearly above the picnic grounds. Soon an astronaut would step down off the LEM of Apollo 11 and plant his foot on what had once been hallowed ground. Science would intrude on what for all known time had been the sole domain of poets and dreamers alone: the moon. After that, well -- one thing was for certain: no matter what they found up there, it would never again be as easy for a father to tell his young son that the mysterious ball of light that appeared in the heavens each night was really just a hunk of old cheese floating in the sky. Nothing would ever be that simple again.” 4 likes
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