an excellent read. the contortionist's handbook was about John Dolan Vincent; a drug addict, a mathematical genius, a man in love, and an unbelievablyan excellent read. the contortionist's handbook was about John Dolan Vincent; a drug addict, a mathematical genius, a man in love, and an unbelievably gifted forger who creates new identites for himself to avoid getting incarcerated. many reviewers have compared craig clevenger's writing style to chuck palahniuk's; i didn't really see it. i mean, sure, it's just as edgy, stylized, and twisted as palahniuk's library, but i must say ...clevenger's writing techniques were like a breath of fresh air for me. from the descriptions of his gruesome OD's to his affair with the love of his life, his display of words and detailed descriptions were inventive and compelling, metaphorically, which actually came off rather poetic at many moments. in fact, i'm very much looking forward to a second read, particularly for those very details and favored moments, but that won't be for a long while.
well, who isn't trying to write like palahniuk these days anyway? it's just too easy to go that route, and i refuse to be a part of it. :)
around the time when he revealed his childhood past as a delinquent (mid-book), i grew very uninterested. it was a much needed break from all the suspense in the beginning chapters, but...something about it just made me not care a whole lot. perhaps that was my fault. and it probably shouldn't be revealed, as i don't want to give anything away. but the "suspense" immediately revived itself as the last quarter of the book came to be.
all over coffee is a visual love-letter to the beautiful city of san francisco. alongside highly vivid and dramatic, yet simplistic and bold, drawingsall over coffee is a visual love-letter to the beautiful city of san francisco. alongside highly vivid and dramatic, yet simplistic and bold, drawings of SF's landscapes, architectures, and skylines, are notes...jottings...literal impressions also written by paul madonna himself. visually, the attention to detail for every drawing really WOW'd me. for the drawings alone, it's worth the purchase. as a new resident of SF, all over coffee provided me with a much better...a more personal... and sentimental viewpoint & understanding of a city i admittedly know very little about and am eager to learn more of. ...forget lonely planet... and to hell with tourist maps. all over coffee is the most perfect guidebook and first introduction to SF you'll ever need as a newcomer.
thanks for the present. i really loved it :)...more
i literally laughed out loud reading this book on multiple occasions during my daily commutes to work. damn hilarious. neilan's detailed depiction ofi literally laughed out loud reading this book on multiple occasions during my daily commutes to work. damn hilarious. neilan's detailed depiction of office culture was like nothing i've ever read. from all the corporate climbers to the bullshit fiascos that go on at the office, he documents it all so precisely. if you're a prisoner of the "cubicle," then APATHY is your salvation. save yourself....more