karen’s review of The Devil All the Time > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Katie (new)

Katie that seems like a relaxing sunday read.


message 2: by karen (new)

karen yeah, our interests just do not intersect!


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason I love how GR has become about what not to recommend to Elizabeth!


message 4: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie alice always had big dreams - the gilmore sanderson secretarial school...that's very funny and sad


message 5: by karen (new)

karen well, we are looking out for her.


message 6: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell "heart-on," ahaha ILU.

There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate

....yeah I don't think I want you to recommend this to me, either.


message 7: by karen (new)

karen B0nnie wrote: "alice always had big dreams - the gilmore sanderson secretarial school...that's very funny and sad"

i know!! this book! it makes me appreciate all the opportunities i have squandered.


message 8: by karen (new)

karen Moira wrote: ""heart-on," ahaha ILU.

There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate

....y..."


the first part alone should be a real clear indication of "whether this book is for you." it is called "sacrifice." there is a lot of blood.


message 9: by John (new)

John Nice review. Having read it recently, I concur with all of the above. You'll love Knockemstiff.


message 10: by Paquita Maria (new)

Paquita Maria Sanchez Yes! Pollock has this certain something...and if he be a kindly man, he will share some of it with the zillion other authors and movie directors who try to achieve even a bit of what he manages here, and end up being just...gross? Junk food for sadists? I have a library copy of Knockemstiff sitting in front of me, actually. Soon, soon. Pollock!


message 11: by karen (new)

karen but there are also so many people who do this well. in a lot of ways, this reminded me of And the Ass Saw the Angel...


message 12: by George (new)

George Wow, sounds good!


message 13: by karen (new)

karen i loved it, but i can see that it appeals to a certain kind of person. you gotta be able to handle some darkness.


message 14: by Sandy (new)

Sandy I would have "liked" this review if only for the expression "heart-on." Can I borrow that sometime?


message 15: by karen (new)

karen the expression? sure.


message 16: by Michael (new)

Michael Fleegler karen wrote: "i loved it, but i can see that it appeals to a certain kind of person. you gotta be able to handle some darkness."

Introducing another person to aspects of literature that push boundaries can be an extremely arduous prospect. I still remember loaning my treasured copy of Harry Crews's 'Knockout Artist' to a friend of my ex-wife. That woman never looked at me the same, (and you can see how the relationship went). I applaud your attempt to show that art is often an attempt to show things from an alternate paradigm.


message 17: by karen (new)

karen well, i appreciate that things like this are written, knowing full well that there are going to be some people utterly disgusted by it.


message 18: by Laima (new)

Laima Thanks for the review Karen - Now I know not to read this book. Way too dark for me.


message 19: by karen (new)

karen yeah, i am really trending towards the dark ones lately. must be spring fever.


message 20: by Robert (new)

Robert This is why you are my Goodreads friend Karen, so I can discover new books I otherwise wouldn't have. I just got my copy from the library. Cheers!


message 21: by karen (new)

karen ooooh!i hope it goes well!


message 22: by Robert (new)

Robert Also got my copy of Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes Cutie Pies 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes by Dani Cone. I wonder which I'll like more?


message 23: by karen (new)

karen updates!i need updates!


message 24: by Jac (new)

Jac just started 'knockemstiff', been gut shot. gotta read 'devil' next. i would place his work as 'grit lit' larry brown s' 'facing the music' is equally fascinating.


message 25: by karen (new)

karen i will have to check that out - thanks!


message 26: by Jac (new)

Jac i've worked in a paper mill and been a building contractor all my life, these people are REAL! pollacks' work is heads above anything i have read lately.


message 27: by Jac (new)

Jac karen, 'boy and dog' and 'the end of romance' in facing the music are a must. i want a full report.


message 28: by karen (new)

karen i am on it!


message 29: by Jac (new)

Jac johnny paycheck 'take this job and shove it' born, bred and died in hillsboro, ohio. it's on route 50. 'i ain't workin' here no mo''


message 30: by Jac (new)

Jac took me two days to read this one. pollock is incredibly talented. readers digests' most unforgettable people kept coming to mind as i read; can't remember any of them, carl, sandy, arvin and all the others are etched in my mind. i'm reading it again.


message 31: by Gea (new)

Gea I'm definitely going to read it now. Another great review.


message 32: by karen (new)

karen awesome - thank you! hope you love it!


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

there is also that heartbreaking thing i love so much in my literature: small-town desperation. the frustration of limitations. the recognition of boundaries, and working within them to steal a little pleasure for yourself, even if your sickfuck version of pleasure is orchestrating murder

I couldn't have said it any better myself.


message 34: by Trudi (new)

Trudi Ditto.


message 35: by karen (new)

karen yay!! i have found the like-minded!


message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

Have you read Pop. 1280? It is very similar to American Psycho in its themes, except it is much shorter and with no torture porn, and features rednecks in the boonies of 1910's Texas. From what I have seen of your taste in hick-lit (or whatever the hell it is called), I think there is a serious chance you would like that book a lot.


message 37: by karen (new)

karen ack! i am only getting this update now! sheesh. i have read other jim thompsons, but not that one. i am pretty sure i own it, though. i do love love love that tone if lit, though. thank you!


message 38: by Brian (new)

Brian Dammit! It's not a debut. Good thing my year of reading ONLY debuts is winding down ...


message 39: by The Shayne-Train (new)

The Shayne-Train i get all my hillbilly noir books from your reviews. :)


message 40: by karen (new)

karen sweet!! i can share this grit lit list i made for work if you like - it has lots of books i have not read, but look really excellent.


message 41: by The Shayne-Train (new)

The Shayne-Train hells to the yes please


message 43: by The Shayne-Train (new)

The Shayne-Train giggling at Winter's Bone.

god, i'm 7.


message 44: by karen (new)

karen hahahah that's okay - so am i.


bone!


message 45: by The Shayne-Train (new)

The Shayne-Train I've been reading single novels after each novel of the 21 book series I'm making my way through, and this one will definitely be the next one (after the weird ' monster tapeworm' book I'm on currently).


message 46: by karen (new)

karen which monster tapeworm?? the mira grant or the nick cutter?


message 48: by karen (new)

karen good lord, i had no idea there were so many monster tapeworm books. the world is such a marvelous place


message 49: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Jason wrote: "I love how GR has become about what not to recommend to Elizabeth!"

I wish it still were.


message 50: by Jason (new)

Jason Hi!

It could still be that! We could still come up with lists of things you should never, ever read! =)


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