I picked this book up for $2 at a dollar store. It looks like a trashy pulp horror/erotica novel (and it is, sort of) but I found it surprisingly3.75
I picked this book up for $2 at a dollar store. It looks like a trashy pulp horror/erotica novel (and it is, sort of) but I found it surprisingly enjoyable.
There are 14 stories in this book. The notable ones:
Mr. Torso: The saga of a serial killer who cuts off the limbs of his victims, impregnates them and sells the babies. The juxtaposition of the two voices narrating the story, one an exaggerated dumb hillbilly stereotype and the other an intellectual obsessed with philosophy, is both jarring and memorable.
Give it to me, baby: A painfully lonely man falls in love with a phone-sex operator. This one is more sad that anything else.
Immaterial Girl: A girl who can change her appearance into anyone her client desires commands a high price.
The Last Client: A young escort decides it's time to leave the business. It's her last night, but her client won't let her leave.
A Moment of Ecstasy: One couple's encounter with another during a night of "swinging" turns into a deadly game.
Reincarnal: The reincarnation of a murder victim hunts down the reincarnation of her killer through her clairvoyant dreams.
Suffer Kate: A guy tries to save his friend, a man who can only get off by hanging/suffocating himself.
Sex Starved: An obese man marries a woman who refuses to sleep with him until he loses a lot of weight. Eventually, though, his hunger for food overtakes his hunger for anything else.
The others are either just bizarre, middling, or both, but overall, worth the read and I'll be looking for other books in this series. ...more
Doesn't feel right. Too simplistic, convenient, contrived - at least compared to the previous books. Describes the events of one week in excruciatingDoesn't feel right. Too simplistic, convenient, contrived - at least compared to the previous books. Describes the events of one week in excruciating detail over the course of 400 pages. Blomkvist and Salander are each blown up and made out to be some kind of superhero. As its own separate entity it would've made a decently good thriller, but it doesn't really compare to the Millennium Trilogy.
When I glanced at the cover of this dusty old paperback that I had found while cleaning, I thought it was going to be just another garbage dime-a-dozeWhen I glanced at the cover of this dusty old paperback that I had found while cleaning, I thought it was going to be just another garbage dime-a-dozen thriller.
And maybe I haven't read that many thrillers, but I believe I was wrong. What's that age old adage about not judging a book and...(I've already lost half my readership to boredom)? Mad River Road is a story about liars, deeply troubled people trying to escape their pasts, nothing unusual there, but at its center it's about a whirlwind fantasy romance that slowly deteriorates into a dangerous abusive relationship. It's like watching a real life horror story unfold, hurtling towards the end, and as I was reading I couldn't help but wonder if the author was speaking from experience, with how authentic the portrayal of the relationship felt.
However, for the length of time that we get to spend hating the bad guy, the climax was too short, disproportionate to the length of time spent building up to it. Unsatisfying. I would've appreciated a longer epilogue, a little more time to bask in the character development we were finally given.
The characters and prose are nothing to talk about, but all in all it's absorbing reading for a couple hours. I don't regret picking it up. ...more