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The Liquid City

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Shadoe Kilbourne is the consummate intellectual assassin, with an impressive arsenal of both wit and weaponry at his disposal. As Seattle’s most successful nightclub owner and restaurateur; he is also a man of great resource, humor and humanity. His lethal charms and deadly ideologies are a devastating double-edged sword; brandished at will to put the bad guys in their pla ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published June 11th 2010 by Xlibris Corporation (first published June 10th 2010)
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Chris Matthews
Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck is the best fiction I've read in years. Finally a book that is smart, funny and highly entertaining; with a great/happy ending that makes you excited for his next release in the series. Best book of 2010 and probably the next great writer of our time! Absolutely loved it!
Cruise Jackson
In a word? Exceptional! I received this book from friends for my 50th birthday and it was the best literary present ever. The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck is funny, tough and smart. I'm assuming that someone would have to be innately devoid of those attributes not to enjoy it immensely. I'd been looking for someone to replace Robert Parker's 'Spenser' character and Hopfenbeck's 'Shadoe' is the perfect replacement. My wife read it and fell in love with the wit, charm and romance. She's a hu ...more
I found this book to be a great read. I spent part of an evening and all of the next day reading it. The verbiage was excellent. It was so enjoyable to read a book that didn't talk down to the reader but used the words and phrasing that stretched the mind and tickled the funny bone. I loved Shadoe's humurous putdowns and satirical way of talking. I also liked that he could poke fun at himself. True to life this character was both kind and brutal. The story was believable and was the second book ...more
Conn Chastaine
I received The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck as a Christmas gift, along with 8 other novels, and absolutely fell in love with it! I was going to just page through it to see what it was about and before I new it I was a hundred pages into it, I couldn't put it down. I ended up staying up late that night to finish it, and was absolutely crushed to have it end. It was great fun! Smart, witty, suspenseful; and with just enough humanity and self-deprecation to really enjoy all the characters. I' ...more
Tracy Armstrong
In a world devoid of love and laughter I found this to be a splendid rendition of what good writing is all about. The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck was an absolute treasure of a find. I had seen it on all the 'Must Read' and 'Best Light-Fiction' lists and decided I would give it a shot at our book boutiques and it has become one of our best-sellers. I recommend this book highly to all our clients who are looking for great light-fiction, especially along the detective/mystery genre. I was su ...more
Where do I start? This book is awful! It's not that the writing is bad, it's just not good. You get the feeling that the author is as full of himself as the main character. The jokes are not only not funny, they are lame. The minority characters representation in speech is cringe-worthy. As soon as I opened the box and saw how cheap the cover looks...I knew I was in trouble. I am now convinved that the rave positive reviews of this book were written by family members of the author. I found these ...more
Christina Reynolds
Now I'm mad at all of you, I loved it too much! I bought The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck, upon your recommendaton, earlier in the week so that I would have a 'feel good, funny' book to read with my husband over our Labor Day vacaton but once I started I couldn't put it down! Now I have to head back to Barnes and Noble to pick up something that will probably be nowhere near as fun and funny! I adore both Shad and Kathryn, and the other wonderful cast of characters. The dialogue is hilariou ...more
John Connelly
Now THAT is a great book! The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck was so funny I almost choked on my sandwich! I heard about it from some friends in Europe who saw that it was ranked number in GQ Magazine for "The 5 Best Books of 2010" and couldn't agree more. I didn't know what to expect since I hadn't heard of him before, but it was soooo good I read it front to back in two days. I've read it twice since and I appeciate it all the more because I have a better sense of his intellect and humor no ...more
John Connelly
Now THAT is a great book! The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck was so funny I almost choked on my sandwich! I heard about it from some friends in Europe who saw that it was ranked number in GQ Magazine for "The 5 Best Books of 2010" and couldn't agree more. I didn't know what to expect since I hadn't heard of him before, but it was soooo good I read it front to back in two days. I've read it twice since and I appeciate it all the more because I have a better sense of his intellect and humor no ...more
Dr. Phillip
Being a former New York Times book reviewer myself, I have been the biggest critic about the modern literary output by today's so-called authors. There are the established greats of course that grace the shelves currently, but this is the first time in almost a decade that a true master humorist fiction writer 'of merit' has arrived on the scene. The Liquid City by Hopfenbeck is a modern day marvel; not only is he intelligent and touching in his delivery, but his witty repartee and humorous dial ...more
Novel Hovel
I own and operate the largest book boutique in New York and just fell in love (laughter) with this burgeoning new author. I can't recall the last time I laughed that hard and that often. We are doing a New Author Expose on Curtis J Hopfenbeck next month and I heartily agree with all the national and international rave reviews: intelligent, witty, suspenseful, (tearful at times), and some of the most complex humorous writing we've seen in years. The texture of his discriptions are indelibly rich ...more
I don't know what was more disappointing. The book itself, or all the raving reviews that it got. This is a paint by numbers novel. It is not that the writing is sooo bad. The writing is mediocre at best. More, it is how the author consistently creates the same moral, social and human interaction scenario over and over again. Basically, this novel is a white man's wet dream that is so lacking in any brilliance or creativity that.... I don't know what. His main character, (himself) manages to ins ...more
Derek Stearns

Excellent! An absolute humorous oasis in a sea of drama, fantasy and self-help. Reminds me of the great 'Buddy Movies' like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours...great action and lots of laughs! I miss Robert B. Parker's 'Spenser' series and am so glad I have somebody new to provide the 'funny, tough guy' persona that is so absent from modern day fiction. For you snobby elitists looking for Salinger, Fitzgerald, etc, this is not your cup of tea, but if you're a fan of Parker, McDonald, Evanovich, etc, th
Dr. Mark
Wow! The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck is absolutely the best light-fiction book of the year. I was completely blown away by this first time author; he writes like a veteran. Funny, complex, intelligent, suspenseful... just a great read by the next great American humorist. I hear he has another on the way so I'll be first in line. Probably the funniest, yet most ocmpelling book I've read in a decade. Wit, intelligence, action, drama, etc, etc. If he's not the next great American humorist, t ...more
I thought this book was a joke. The language the author used was so forced and unnatural. It felt like he had a goal to use his thesaurus at least 5 times on every page. I did finish reading it but with the overuse of alliteration, it was really difficult to get through. I read someone else's review and they swore that his family members were the ones putting all the great reviews here. I have to wonder if that might be true.
Danielle Mcroberts
Wow! Funny, funny, funny! I don't know when I've laughed so much or fallen in love with characters more! The wit and banter are great and there are so many touching moments as well. Not Steinbeck or Hemmingway, nor is Hopfenbeck probably trying to be, but definitely the most fun I've had reading a book in years, I've been giggling all day. Can't wait for the next one! Great job and good luck! - Danielle
I enjoyed The Liquid City by Curtis J. Hopfenbeck very much. The corney humor was great and I often laughed out loud. It was a dark subject but written in a way that even a wimp like me could enjoy. I am a tough sell and gave this 5 stars because of the humor, likeable characters and tact. I would read any sequel that may come.
Jed Lamprey
Surprisingly good mystery. The author admits being tremendously influenced by my all-time favorite Robert B. Parker, and though he doesn't measure up (even after allowing for the fact that *no one* could measure up), he comes as close as anyone ever has. Definitely going to be watching for the author's next book.
Dec 08, 2010 Thebookbard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Thebookbard by: Oprah blog
If all books were as good as The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck, I'd probably read twice as many. This was an absolutely hilarious read. Amazing wit and story telling... and just great light fiction as advertised. This book is all about humor and intellect, it you don't like it, you have neither! I can't remember the last time I literally couldn't put a book down. I even skipped a half day at work to come home and read it. It was like watching a great 'buddy' flick like "Lethal Weapon" or "4 ...more
James St.
Nov 08, 2010 James St. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to James by: New York Times /
The Liquid City was wonderfully funny and refreshing! We had read all the accolades here on GoodReads, on and the on New York Times, but were still a skeptic, probably at the thought of being disappointed... but this was truly a treasure. Funny, bright, upbeat, suspenseful, romantic, etc. Good humor is written well so rarely anymore, and we all must have laughed outloud at least a hundred times. This is a group of fictional characters we all wish we were and had as friends. Our New Yor ...more
Jessie Rhodes
This is now my most favorite book EVER! The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck is everything an avid reader like myself is looking for; fast-paced, funny, touching, intelligent, suspenseful, and completely likable characters. It's like a great movie you watch over and over again. I saw Hopfenbeck's great press on the National Book Review and when I Googled his name I read where The Liquid City was named one of The Ten Books You Must Read in 2011 (along with Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Franzen and A ...more
People who reviewed the book are falling into two camps, those that loved the book and those who really disliked it, the Five Stars and the One Stars. I'm firmly with the "dislikes". Awful unbelievable story, bad writing, terrible editing. I gave it a chance; stuck with reading it through page 150, and gave the story every benefit of a boatload of doubts. What a waste of my day off.
Beth Klein
I liked this book- easy light read. I enjoy reading books that take place in different cities I haven't been to & this immersed reader in a different world, I'm sure critics wouldn't like it - writing can be a little too "corny" But a little bit of everything and overall I liked the plot.

this is an great book. Likable characters, an exciting plot, an extremely easy read... was very hard to put down. I think that Hopfenbeck is off to a great start and look forward to reading whatever comes next.
easy, fun read. he could have put the thesaurus down once and a while, but overall an enjoyable book.
Zac Crossland
The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck was absolutely hilarious. The first thing I did when I finished it was to read it again. I am an extremely avid reader who focuses mainly on historical and biographical non-fiction, but occasionally like to delve into a little light fiction to tease and trick my literary palate. And this was the most wonderful sojourn! I absolutely loved the humor and the banter back and forth between the main characters, I still find myself cracking up when I think about c ...more
I can't believe I read this book all the way through! I guess I kept hoping to find a plot within all of the depreciating banter and romantic? Stupidity. I still don't know if Hoffenbeck thought he was actually writing serious literature or whether he knew his book was one big comic book.
Too much fake name dropping and too overly witty. It was ok - not bad - not great.
Really loved this book! A hard one to put down.
This book lacked so much... Shad Kilbourne's character lacked depth. I am afraid the author was shooting for an intellect with brawn equal to his gray matter but fancy words and his ability to cause all women to uncontrollable fawning - even the lesbian variety seemed way over the top and in fact missed the mark. Shad's attitudes, actions and words fell flat and mostly seemed incongruent as did the plot and all the little side stories. Much like the protagonist, the other characters seemed to fo ...more
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