This could have been a truly imaginative piece of work. When I picked it up, I was looking forward to all the grossness, horror, and enslavement of Dante's Inferno, but updated with ...more
Perversely profound, though we are lured into the novel at the prospect of being a voyeur of someone else's eternal damnation, Butler leads the reader quickly to contemplate the source of all suffering.
In the opening scene Hatcher McCord, the narrator and anchorman of the Evening News from Hell, describes a televis ...more
Hands down, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. A surreal comedy set literally in Hell with deceased fictional journalist, Hatcher McCord as our tortured, philosophical tour guide who happens to be the current anchor for Evening Nightly News of Hell.
Based on Dante’s Inferno with pieces of Jean Paul Satre, Waiting for Godot, Picasso at Lapin Agile, Dennis Miller, CNN, Entertainment Weekly and your high school history books all beautifully merged in ...more
The basic idea is that the main character is a journalist who has died and gone to hell, and is now a Evening News in Hell anchorman. Oh yeah, and he's co-habitating with Anne Boleyn. Right, the Henry the 8th Anne Boleyn. The author has cooked up some seriously demented "punishments" for the various denizens. You may consider this a modernized Dante's Inferno if you wish, but that ...more
Hatcher McCord, anchor man for the Evening News in Hell, is like all the denizens of the infernal region, tormented and tortured in a way that has been uniquely tailored for him. Denizen's are repeatedly incinerated and then molecularly reassembled, repeating again and again for eternity the very things that they despise.
Hatcher lives with Anne Boleyn, whose beauty—when her head is attached to her body—instils within him an vehement arousal, a desire for a coupling that is never to be satiated—s...more
Actually, everyone seems to be there, all the best people. The protagonist, Hatcher McCord, died a big-shot TV news anchor and now headlines "The Evening News from Hell." He lives with Anne Bole ...more
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book at first. But, it has taken me a week to gather my thoughts on it...so I guess it is thought provoking. I wouldn't exactly call it a comedy, the humor was more subtle than that. Never having read Dante's Inferno, I can't totally compare the two. The book did leave me a bit depressed...thinking that everyone, even good people are doomed to live out eternity in hell. Also, I'm not sure if the main character actually made it to Heaven, ...more
If you want a quick read, I would probably recommend "Hell", the book took me a d ...more
While this book has moments that were good, it never reached a level of being a book that brought me fully into its story. Although its peopled with characters f ...more
Well, maybe this book is not exactly like that, but...
What I'm really trying to get at is my disappointment with Robert Olen Butler for this. Perhaps this is unfair, but I guess having read his brilliant ...more
Satan's purpose is to keep everyone full of worry, regret, bafflement, pretty much what preoccupied their thoughts o ...more
Anyway, the book follows famous news broadcaster Hatcher McCord. He was this in life, and in death. You see, Satan makes him the anchor for the Evening News in Hell. Here, he is doomed to read Bruce Almighty-esque teleprompters, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it, and is responsible for the ...more
Hatcher McCord, in his mortal life, was a famous TV anchorman. After his death, he goes to hell and is surprised to find a great many other famous people in hell as well. Some of these are names one would expect (Hitler and Stalin, for example), however some are strikingly bold residents of hell (Ghandi and Mother Teresa), and some are just plain amusing (George B ...more
– Jeff Guinn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Robert Olen Butler has published eleven novels which includes The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning, and Hell, as well as five volumes of short fiction; Tab ...more