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The Wraith

3.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  86 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Itching for freedom, Linus leaves home and moves into a trailer park with some of his friends. There they are free to live as carefree wastrels. But it is not what Linus expects. His best friend Rex abruptly vanishes, his roommate John begins to surround himself with criminals and his job at the local gas station becomes increasingly unstable. At the same time Linus is hau ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 23rd 2010 by Brown Paper Publishing
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Mar 11, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
Finally, the masculine answer to chick-lit has been made. Behold Goodloe Byron's grime-lit novel, featuring everyday young men wallowing in grungy intoxication and petty crimes. We follow Linus, the main character, through a possibly endless series of drunken, self-hating episodes that seem to be leading nowhere. Where a chick-lit protagonist might go shopping for new shoes, Linus gets drunk on a log. The chick-lit lady flirts devilishly with a new friend; Linus scars his coworker for life.

Jun 24, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing
The Wraith (Goodloe Byron)

Linus decides to move out and into the trialer of his friend John. Life seems to be good; carefree, parties every night, easy job. But then Linus realises his life is not so perfect. His best friend Rex is missing, John starts hanging with a dangerous crowd, his job sucks and the creepy man (Clyde) across park seems to be stalking him.

Linus is on a mission to find out about Clyde, it becomes an obession and he is convinced Cylde is out to get him. Friendships fade, new
Mar 01, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book looks VERY interesting! I love the cover. I won it through a First Reads giveaway and can't wait to get it and to read it!
Oct 19, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
Let me begin by stating that I received The Wraith for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks to both Goodloe Byron and Goodreads for this book.

The Wraith is told from the point of view of Linus, an amazingly stupid but well meaning kid who has moved out of his parents' house for the first time. Linus has a big heart, but is incredibly lazy and directionless. He spends pretty much all day, every day drinking and getting high, all the while dragging himself to work and barely getting enough
Jan 19, 2011 Leah rated it it was ok
I believe I'm supposed to disclose that I received this book for free through the Goodreads first reads program.
That being said, I think that if I had picked this book up in a bookstore, my opinion would be different. I was determined to finish reading it without picking up another book mid-story, so I found myself feeling like I was trudging through it against my will. If I had read it at my own pace I might have liked it more, then again, I might not have ever finished it.

I really liked the
Jan 04, 2011 ♥Meagan♥ rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads, i-own
I got this as a First Reads winner and was really excited (my first win!) The cover art is amazing and makes the book look so interesting.

The book itself had a terrible amount of grammatical errors and typos. In places it made the book hard to read. On top of that, dialogue didn't get quotes or line breaks, ever.

I found the story to be lackluster and a little confusing. And towards the middle of the book I found myself going "huh?" and "wtf?" very often. The characters were unbelievable. And th
Dayna Ingram
Remember that movie BUG, that was not really about bugs at all but about intense, life-destroying paranoia? The Wraith reminded me of BUG a lot, in both theme and level of frustration.

I knew from the dedication to Saramago that this book would be difficult to get through. From what I remember of BLINDNESS, I loved the premise, liked parts of the story, and struggled with the narrative style. Byron adopts the most frustrating aspect of Saramago's style here: choosing not to offset his character's
Georgiann Hennelly
Oct 04, 2010 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Linus decides to move in with his friend John . Life seems to be good he has an easy job, parties everynight, a carefree life. But than Linus realizes life isn,t perfect,Rex his best friend is missing. John is hanging with a dangerous crowd, his job really sucks and Clyde the creepy guy across the parking lot seems to be stalking him. So Linus is on a mission to find out something about Clyde, It has become Linus; mission and it turns into an obsession now he,s convinced Clyde is out to get him, ...more
Sep 17, 2010 Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-i-won
Hooray! I won another book on Goodreads!! This is my second win.

The book reminded me of a "Cheech and Chong" movie...lots of drinking and drugging by likeable characters. I've just read the other goodreads comments, and agree with the reader who wrote that it didn't really get interesting until 2/3 through the book.

The main character's mom and dad were interesting. Even though their son had moved out, was drunk all the time and lost his job, they were still telling him how wonderful he was and
Darcia Helle
Sep 14, 2010 Darcia Helle rated it it was amazing
Goodloe Byron has a unique writing style and this book showed it off well. We get to know Linus, a young man from a rough background who is venturing off on his own for the first time. He moves in with friends, gets high too much, and begins to lose his way. Deep down, Linus is a good kid. He tries doing the right thing but that doesn't often work out for him. Add in a pretty girl and a creepy neighbor and you have Byron at his best.
Adrian Fridge
Feb 04, 2015 Adrian Fridge rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
For a book whose marketing strategy is to be given out for free, it's not terrible. The writing is good, and the plot is tolerable. But it's nothing I'd ever rave about. It doesn't have the pull to keep you itching for what happens next if you ever put it down.

Linus is a nineteen year old slacker, junkie, drunk trying to make just enough to cover his most base necessities, which prioritizes alcohol and cigarettes over any sort of real food. He is often put in weird situations where he's peer pre
Jan 06, 2011 Marsha rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
UGH!!! I just wrote my review and somehow it disappeared! Now, I'm going to try again.

Okay, I think the biggest thing that struck me about this book was the writing style. It was very loosely written and it took me a while to get used to that - it was almost like I was reading the story as someone was recounting it - a rather free style of writing. If you aren't used to that style of writing, it may take you a while to get into the book. I also think that this is one of those books that you wil
Rachel Thompson
Jan 09, 2011 Rachel Thompson rated it it was ok
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program.

Linus moves out of his parents' house and in with his friend John, where he is free to do pretty much whatever he pleases. He spends a lot of time drinking and doing drugs with his friends, so much so that his work suffers. One of his friends disappears, and there's always this creepy neighbor guy hanging around, no matter where he goes.

I wanted to like this book, I really did, despite the fact that it was nothing like I expected it
Tobyann Aparisi
Sep 30, 2010 Tobyann Aparisi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who love the "strange" and unexplained.
Recommended to Tobyann by: first reads
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Jan 23, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
Let me begin by stating that I received The Wraith for free through Goodreads First Reads. My first win, and a pretty good one I thought.

Like most other reviewers have said the writing style takes a bit of getting used to, but having gotten to know the main character while reading it seems to fit him quite well. The more free form style of writing fits what I would assume the thought line of a teenage boy would be. Sometimes hard to follow and maybe I didn’t think something was important to the
Oct 25, 2010 Benni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, novels
Thanks to Mr. Byron himself for the free copy.

The protagonist, Linus, is a young man who decides to leave his parents' house to live in a trailer park with his buddies. Perpetually high on weed or otherwise hungover, Linus finds keeping his job at a gas station convenience store quite difficult. He starts noticing that Clyde, a fellow resident at the trailer park, keeps showing up everywhere; something about Clyde is "off." Linus finally decides to investigate, thus hastening his own downward sp
Oct 09, 2011 Ben rated it liked it
Goodloe Byron may not be the best author writing fiction today, but he may be one of the more interesting. Although this novel is highly derivative (drawing most heavily from Crime and Punishment and Fight Club) and refuses to use quotation marks, Byron's mission to spread his work in a novel way, by traveling the country giving his book away freely, made it worth the read through.

In short, I wanted to get into this rebel's mind, and the best passages of this text are those where Byron seems to
Nov 19, 2010 Julie rated it did not like it
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Contest on 11/01/2010 and received my copy on 11/16/2010.

To say that Goodloe Byron is an unconventional writer would be a bit of an understatement. Then again, from what I've read of Byron, he's an unconventional sort of man himself which explains his style of writing. I just started reading The Wraith about 30 minutes ago and at this point I have discovered a random fact about myself - I like quotation marks. I'm assuming that Goodloe Byron does
Lily (WhoLockian)
Dec 16, 2010 Lily (WhoLockian) rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-books
The Wraith by Goodloe Byron
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Itching for freedom, Linus leaves home and moves into a trailer park with some of his friends. There they are free to live as carefree wastrels. But it is not what Linus expects. His best friend Rex abruptly vanishes, his roommate John begins to surround himself with criminals and his job at the local gas station becomes increasingly unstable. At the same time Linus is haunted by his neighbor Clyde, an elderly security guard wh
Amanda Maria
Jan 23, 2014 Amanda Maria rated it did not like it
I received this book for free through Goodreads first reads a few years ago. I was very excited to receive this and was pleasantly surprised to find it signed personally to me by the author. When I read the description I thought it was going to be a horror book of some kind or at least a little creepy. This book was none of that. The entire story revolves around an 18 year old boy that moves out on his own and spends his days drinking, smoking, and sabotaging his job. The characters were not ver ...more
Dora Okeyo
Feb 15, 2012 Dora Okeyo rated it liked it
I bought this book, and started reading it immediately, because I was taken by the Title and the main character's name.
It's a pretty cool book, that starts out simply with Linus moving into a trailer park and working at some gas station and I kept asking myself why did he have to move and all? The drinking and smoking part got me worried, because I was like how much more can a person drink? Seemed like what most of his friends-John, Matt,and Peter did was just drink and party and get laid.
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Feb 26, 2013 I am Cat。 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received this copy from Byron in a giveaway quite a while ago, and he was very kind to sign it. To be honest, I had incredibly low expectations for this novel and the 300 pages looked daunting. Ultimately I wish I had read it as soon as it arrived as it pretty much blew my mind.

The summary above is a poor forewarning of what you're about to encounter. While all the statements are correct, this novel is much more ridiculous and intense than the summary suggests. Linus and his friends are lowlif
Oct 24, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 21, 2011 Natasha rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads (my first win!) from the author himself, Goodloe Byron. I was very excited to see that he even took the time to write a little note inside the book as well - thank you!

I just finished this book, and my first thought upon finishing was "umm, what was the point of that?". Basically the whole book had a lack of plot, it was just reading about a guy that lived in a trailer park. I enjoyed the book because I kept hoping it was all going to c
Feb 01, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aug 26, 2012 Rosie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book, signed! from Goodloe Byron himself from one of the First Reads giveaways. Thank you Goodloe! I finally got around to reading it during the past couple of weeks. This novel was interesting. I felt like plot advanced very subtly. The story is about a boy named Linus who is trying to figure out his life post-high school. He moves into a trailer park with his friend John. Another resident of the park, Clyde, is a creepy man who seems to follow Linus around. Linus sees Clyde eve ...more
Glenda Christianson
This book was not what I expected. Unfortunately, that was a bad thing in this case. The title suggested a paranormal tale. defines the word, "wraith" as " an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his death" or "a visible spirit". I love the title and the cover art. It was just a bit old fashioned and gave it a spooky feel right from the start.
I really wanted to like this book. I put it on the top of my "to read" pile because it was mailed to me directly by the author.
Nov 06, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like supernatural beings, trailer parks, and shoes
Unfortunately I waited too long to write this review and now it's going to be entirely too vague, but the last few weeks have been really crazy. Anyway, I love the description of this book and the narrative basically lives up to it. Initially I was skeptical of the lackadaisical writing style. I often enjoy short stories written that way, but I was worried that it would get tiring if used throughout an entire novel. About a third of the way through I warmed up to it, and I think it really works ...more
Barry Levy
Dec 01, 2014 Barry Levy rated it really liked it
I met Goodloe Byron two years ago at the Brooklyn Book Festival. He handed me two of his books, "Revisions Of" and "The Wraith" for free. He has written five or six books and has been traveling throughout the United States, giving away thousands of copies of his novels. Good for him! He wants his books read; and they are being read.

I liked "Revisions Of" and gave it three stars. "The Wraith" is an even better book, extremely funny, suspenseful, touching and ultimately unsettling due to its puzzl
Oct 04, 2010 Stacie rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Thank you to Goodloe for sending me a copy!

I have sat and thought about this book since finishing it, and have decided that it landed somewhere between being "OK" and me actually liking it.

It started out strong, making me laugh as I thought back to the many guys I knew who spent their days partying, or waiting for the next party. However, reading section after section of this got a little old. There were still moments of amusement, but I just wanted it to move on.

Finally, in the second part, i
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Goodloe is unique, some might say crazy. The Frederick, MD native has self-published thousand of copies of his 3, novels, packs them into his car, and goes on massive road trips to give them away – to students, lawyers, the homeless – for free. He’s even been to China on this mission.
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