I hate to give this one star and say this but I couldn't get into this at all. I love, love, love war dog stories. I've read a few that we're brillianI hate to give this one star and say this but I couldn't get into this at all. I love, love, love war dog stories. I've read a few that we're brilliant. I'm not a rereader but there are at least two or three I'll almost definitely read again because of the strong emotions they evoked inside me. I wanted the same thing here. I think part of the problem is that, in my opinion, Burnam is *too* detailed. I didn't get very far into this but unless the story changes this is more about Burnam's own life than that of his war dog(s). I want the war dog(s) story. I'm sure there are plenty of people who have liked/loved this and will like/love this but it wasn't for me. :( If anyone has read a war dog story they really loved I welcome the recommendation(s) because this is fascinating subject for me. ...more
I was lucky enough to notice this on the new arrival shelf in my library. Lucky is exactly how I feel after reading it. My parents are both still aliveI was lucky enough to notice this on the new arrival shelf in my library. Lucky is exactly how I feel after reading it. My parents are both still alive and have lived relatively healthy lives. Yet their prospective deaths have long been very terrifying for me. I can't imagine too many people look upon their parents dying or even just the fact that their parents will die with anything less than terror but I think I've gone past the "regular" terror. My family has long loved telling stories about how I used to stand in a picture window at my grandparents house, arms and spread wide, screaming and crying while my parents ran out for a little while. The story goes that I never stopped screaming until they came back. I've always been very, very dependent on my parents and even the passing thought that one day I'll have to live without them is enough to send me spiraling into a depression. I can honestly say reading O'Rourke's experience with her mother dying might help people. Obviously I don't know if it's done anything for me yet and I hope I won't find out for a long, long time to come, but O'Rourke is definitely talented with her writing, she's well read herself and intelligent and this shines through, and she's personable. That goes a long way. I'd recommend for anyone who has a mother or is a mother. Male, female, black, white, doesn't matter - give it a shot. She really picks things apart and takes a different look at them....more
Well, I gave it an honest shot. I really tried and I ended up almost 100 pages it. It felt like I was slogging through mud though. Life is just too shWell, I gave it an honest shot. I really tried and I ended up almost 100 pages it. It felt like I was slogging through mud though. Life is just too short to deal with a book like this IMO. If you personally know Marrow or most of the people he's talking about then I could see maybe being interested but otherwise it's downright boring. I really couldn't care less that so and so had this kind of sneakers before anyone else. Or that this girl liked to hang on 112th. That sort of thing doesn't do anything for me. Twice, in less than 100 pages, I read that "even a broken clock shows right twice a day". Thank you Mr. Marrow. Thanks for dropping that jewel on the reader, I couldn't have done without it. The very first page Marrow tells how it's a fact that his Grandma was a "wonderful black woman". In my opinion, which is only as great as anyone else's, I think he'd have done more for her memory to not specify her by race. Her being a "wonderful woman" means far to me than the fact that they're black or white. As sensitive as I am to race I could have got past this, and I did get past this. It is a common occurance in our world today, no matter how much it bothers me. But then I'm stuck reading insinuations of how the street life isn't the life to go after and all the while it's like Marrow is bragging. Bragging about his boys starting this, or Harlem being the first to do that. Not exactly how one goes about showing his disdain for something is you ask me. I don't know, it's possible something happened to the guy later on in the book that made him think people would want to read about his life. If it happened though he didn't put it in the first part of the book and what is in the first part of the book is too boring for me to risk continuing. Note to bookstores - don't put this in the urban fiction section - it's NOT urban fiction. It states, quite clearly, that it's a "real-life account" and this, in essence, means it's NOT fiction. ...more
I'm finally getting to this. I'll keep it short and sweet. It sucks. It's the biggest piece of dog shit I've ever encountered. I'd bet my life savingsI'm finally getting to this. I'll keep it short and sweet. It sucks. It's the biggest piece of dog shit I've ever encountered. I'd bet my life savings that 99% of the reviews on here accompany ratings of more than 1 star are fake. Go to amazon.com, look up this book, and read the comments. The "authors" proceeded to get so angry over a few negative reviews there that they not only started stalking the reviewers but they made fake accounts to pretend to be other people to say the book is "great". The problem with that? They didn't do it in a believable manner. It's plain to see the author(s) are behind it. They're very childish and it's a turn-off. About the book, my first review was honest, yet decent. All bets are off after seeing the authors ugliness. I tried to be decent and say the book "just wasn't for me" but if I'm going to be 100% honest I wouldn't wipe my dogs ass with this book. I actually threw it in the garbage instead of passing it on like I normally would. Even books I totally disagree with I wouldn't do that with. It's just not me. But I'm not the kind of person who wants to actually hurt people and reading this HURTS bad. The author has no business writing. I doubt he can speak after reading this. My 5 year old can construct a better sentence than Levene. I have no respect for any author who places himself/herself in a "fictional" book, under a slightly different name and then proceeds to brag on themselves. Yuck. The girl the book is about? Yeah. The contradictions in the book? I'd bet a large sum of money that at least half - maybe all - is made up. I read "mis-lit", I know what's out there, that's not why I say this. I say this because it's obvious it was at the very least embellished. Hella embellished. Any author that takes such offense to a stranger not loving their book has deep mental issues that need resolving. I wish there was a way I could prove this because I'm certain, absolutely certain, that most of the positive reviews are fakes. Instead of encouraging you to stay away I encourage you to READ this! (Don't pay for it - you'll regret that - be sure about it.) But read it, or try to anyway, and leave a review so that others can be aware of what trash this is. This isn't worth the poor paper is was printed on. I could have handed it to my daughter (the five year old) and had HER edit it and had a better job done. Both "authors" should be ashamed and I'd advise them both to apply at McDonald's - writing isn't for either of you and you'll never make it. I took this off of the usual lists because the only two I have that it belongs on are 'wtf' and 'couldn-t-finish-yuck'. Look at the number of books I have listed as read. Then look at the number of books I have rated 1 star or on these two lists. And then note that NO OTHER BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF MY GR ACCOUNT HAS GOTTEN THIS SAME TREATMENT. NONE. Then remember this, no one ever wants to get someone to leave a fake review for their book. But sometimes, oh sometimes, people do want to have others leave positive reviews. (Or themselves of course.) This book is sitting somewhere in a dump right now and I'm sure if trash could talk all the surrounding trash would be evicting this pile of shit.
**Go to some (all?) of the five star reviews and look at the profiles. Most have no pics, nothing about the person, few or no other books listed, etc. You can't get more obvious. Most (all?) signed up to GR, left the glowing five star review for this awful mess and then promptly never returned. lol But we're supposed to believe those are real reviews, real thoughts.... from real people?** ...more