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message 1: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Kirkpatrick 5 stars for review- hilarious!


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan Coxon I'm not sure that book would have to be 'the best book possible' to get 5/5, would it? Don't know where you got this definition from. Statistically it would presumably just have to be in the top 20% of books published? Unless you're using the Rolling Stone rating system, obviously, in which nothing ever gets 5/5...


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I am with you. This book was awful.


message 4: by Zach (new)

Zach Definition of five stars, according to the site, is "amazing." Not "top eschelons (sic) of eternity."


message 5: by Bruce (new)

Bruce Stern First, I enjoyed your comments, despite my reluctance to support one reviewer commenting about the opinions of other reviewers (which I've done, too).
'Huckleberry Finn,' THE Great American Novel' in the minds of some, could be said to be about a particular time, too.
I enjoyed Ben Fountain's story a great deal. While it takes place during a particular time I believe it says lots about America and Americans universally.
I give the book 4 out of 5 stars because it doesn't rank with the books I perceive as being the best written of what I've read, which excludes almost all of the so-called classics or the Western canon or the greatest American novels. I take the 'star' ratings with a grain of salt, whether they're chosen by reviewers in Good Reads, Amazon, or wherever.
Jeremy, one of the commenters about your review, got it wrong with his comment that you believe the book is awful. Unless I misread your review.
Thanks for your review.


message 6: by Blythe (new)

Blythe You haven't even read it? You are totally a dick.


message 7: by Niki (new)

Niki I agree. I'm abandoning the effort. If a book doesn't grab me by 1/3 then I'm out.


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