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This is Not a Flophouse

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  20 reviews
This is a true story. This is your story, and my story; the story of our neighbors, the story of the waitress at the corner cafe. The song the homeless sing, the lies the politicians believe and the home in which we all live: America. This is the story of what occurs inside your house and your house, my dear, is a flophouse.
Paperback, First Edition, 256 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Abolish Publishing
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Caris
Nov 28, 2010 Caris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: you
Shelves: 2010
I’ve had a long standing argument with my boss’s boss about the content of children’s books. He thinks that anything a kid wants to take home is good enough; I think the only thing good enough is the book a kid wants to read. To him, those things are synonymous with one another. I find this infuriating.

The point of our disagreement lies in the realm of television and movie adaptations, Disney garbage or Finding Nemo or whatever shit they’re peddling at the time. Kids want that garbage; that part
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Eh?Eh!
Oh. Ow. Wow.

There's a feeling of Sodom & Gommorah, a place past all hope and needing cleansing destruction...I sound like an anarchist, a la V. Lot is hard to identify, and maybe there are not even 10 righteous men left to stay the hand of judgement to allow escape. Everyone is doomed.

There are sentences that are just so damn perfect, I laugh involuntarily as I cringe. Like this one: "She left him there, watching his pants slide around his ankles in her head, completely indifferent to whatev
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Sparrow
I’ve been sleeping with famous Goodreads Author K.I. Hope for almost a month and a half now, so I probably can’t write an unbiased review of her work. I’m specially thanked in this book, and in her inscription to me, Ms. Hope *finally* proposed (I said “yes!” it's romaaaaaaantic!). So, a lot of important, sentimental memories revolve around Flophouse. Pretty fitting for the book itself, I think. As an objective reviewer, though, who takes her job very, very seriously, I think I can tell you that ...more
David Katzman
Jan 30, 2011 David Katzman rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who appreciate brutal honesty
This is Not a Flophouse reminds me of one of my own paintings entitled “The Time for Subtlety Is Over.”

political art

If you can’t tell, this is a painting of George W stabbing the Earth while money rains into his hand, and the usual symbols on the bills are replaced with corporate logos and images of oil companies, pharmaceuticals, auto manufacturers and weapons makers. Instead of the United States of America on the bills, they read “The United Corps of America,” which is obviously the abbreviation for Corpo
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Mariel
Jan 24, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: abstract thinkers
Recommended to Mariel by: Sparrow
I don't know what to say. I liked the book but I don't know what to say. It's like talking to someone when they will often ask me "What's good today?" or "What's the plan?" Nothing. (I'm really good at feeling bad. I don't plan to do that, though. It's just what happens, like nature.) Do I ever do anything? Doesn't feel like it. This is like what talking about society and politics and the world today is like for me. I feel disconnected. It matters to me. But I don't know what to say any more tha ...more
The Crimson Fucker
You know why I hate chick writers? I know! I know! You don’t care! But listen to this one! Is their male characters! They always sound like something that comes out of spite! Even the good guys the write sound so fucking stupid! It annoys m to no end! When I first started talking to K.I. I complimented her on the way she talks… no holding back at any moment! Like a dude! (say what you want… but chicks hold back…) when she told me about her writings the thing I remember the most is her saying “I ...more
Matt Bokan
This is not a book for a bookshelf. It lives in the gutter of your burnt down apartment. It is read until the pages turn to ash. It is found, given away, and carried around until every word is a floater in your eyeball while you gaze at the world.

Each chapter latches onto your ankles and pulls you to the ground, only to then stab at your tendons and pluck them out one by one until you listen, until you look up from the margins at the citizens around you and plead for them to listen too.

The setti
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Kate
Jun 29, 2011 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: you and you and most certainly YOU!
Shelves: signed-by-author
This is the second book I've read from K.I. Hope and I must admit I really love the way she just serves the story up - all political, in a gritty, unapologetic - in your face, realistic way. The ending to this book is very tragic and things aren't as they seem, at all. There are loose, frayed ends, and if you're in the mood to read a book that's all tied up with a nice pink bow on top, this is NOT THAT KIND OF BOOK!

To me, this book was the equivalent of the movie REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. When I got
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Praj
Last night as I was dicing an apple, I accidentally cut my finger. The agonizing quiver through my nerve made me scream in pain. As the dense red liquid oozed out from the fresh gash dribbling down my palm, a peculiar deadness prevail my senses besieging the distress with serenity. Mesmerized by the gooey scarlet stream, I let the razor-sharp steel perforate every epidermal cell over and over again till my skin appeared a bloodied collage of madness. All through the self-choreographed chaos of d ...more
kristin
Imma tell a little story.


About six months ago I went to Portland, Oregon with my husband and I got to meet some of his super-cool Goodreads friends. I tried to familiarize myself ahead of time with the people I knew I would meet; this was a mistake because I became intimidated about being forced into a social situation with these incredibly intelligent women.
K. I. Hope was one of these women. When I met her for real I thought she was mean. I was afraid to speak because she shut me down with li
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Lucy Furr
This is Not a Flophouse is one of those books that slaps you across the face repeatedly in an attempt to make you it's bitch. Depending on the kind of person you are it may or may not succeed, but either way, it attempts this feat with reckless abandon. The pages of Flophouse are filled with ugliness, the kind of ugliness we deny the existence of on a daily basis. We drink it in, and cover it up, and pretend we couldn't be happier, but deep down, we know that is far from the truth.
Shannon
I read this book in one sitting. I kept telling myself I'd read just one more chapter, only to find I just couldn't lay this book down. This is Not a Flop House is gritty, bold, and completely unexpected. The novel is centered around crooked cops, politicians, and the misfits of society. Even knowing this is a work of fiction, I found myself contemplating how close it paralells common reality. The story though tragic, is quite uplifting with the most unlikely characters finding the hope of happ ...more
Joanne
I hate sugar-coated, unrealistic fiction books. Thankfully, this is not one of those books. Tragic and raw - it was great
Tuck
fantastic modern noir, reminds me of "black minutes" by solares.
Mark Flowers
Jesus Kristen - talk about depresssing.
Magy
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J.C.
Hope is a powerful writer. The emotional tone of the story grabs you and doesn't let go. Its the perfect kind of book to have a glass of whiskey with, maybe a smoke if it floats your boat. Overall, fantastic effort.
Dennis
Nov 21, 2011 Dennis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
This is not a flophouse is an angry novel about how shattered a broken society can be - and its great. You should read it asap!
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Jan 06, 2012 Brad marked it as to-read
Finally ordered this thing. Sweet. It's on its way.
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