I find it hard to write an accurate review of this book. The topic of the book does not lend itself to be titled a "good book", but the story was gripI find it hard to write an accurate review of this book. The topic of the book does not lend itself to be titled a "good book", but the story was gripping and detailed and it was hard to walk away from the book, regardless of the topic.
While the book was written clearly in the style of someone who is used to detaching themselves emotionally and sticking with facts, I think it helps in getting across the points he wished to accomplish. The facts and numbers are so staggering that it sometimes feel like you are reading a story of fiction instead of fact. But most stories from survivors and anything read about the camps leave this feeling.
The book was an amazingly smooth and fast read especially considering the topic and I found his style of emotional detachment in his writing easier for me to take those facts in as a whole. Where normally a book with this sensitive topic I would need to take breaks from my readings to process and to deal with the feelings of depression and heaviness, this book portrayed the facts in a way that made it easier to move through the book at a faster rate. I finished the book feeling more informed, mourning the loss of the sheer numbers of people killed without thought but still detached enough to slowly process what I read without the heavy, somber feeling one would get with reading such a heavy and heart breaking topic. I don't actually know whether this is good or bad though......more
While the premise of the story intrigued me, I found the story very weak.
I've always been a bit of a royalty buff, mostly due to the fact that I grewWhile the premise of the story intrigued me, I found the story very weak.
I've always been a bit of a royalty buff, mostly due to the fact that I grew up with my mom a royalty buff, particularly the British Royal Family. So when I heard of this book, I wanted to read it. The idea of an alternate story for Diana. That instead of her untimely death, she faked her own death and tried to live a normal life with a new identity.
I even enjoyed the fact that the story was told from multiple points of view. But it still comes down to the fact that the story was weak. There was a buildup and then it seemed to fizz out instead of a big crescendo finish. This story could have went many ways, but it comes down to one of the paps that used to photograph her in her former life randomly showing up in the same town as her and realizing its her from just looking in her eyes and him deciding to make the move to announce to the world that she faked her death and changed her looks surgically to hide from the world.
While this all sounds good, I found Ali's story to drag. The pace of the entire book was off. And you simply can't place your finger on it. At first I worried that I simply let my hopes get too high for the book. So while the book had the potential to be a great read, it was rather flat and hard to finish.
I picked up this book because I had just finished a very deep and thought provoking book that left its mark long after I had put the book down. I wantI picked up this book because I had just finished a very deep and thought provoking book that left its mark long after I had put the book down. I wanted to start a new book but couldn't seem to find one to either fit or lift my mood. So I went the easy way, I found a funny, shallow book that would guarantee me a chuckle. And that is exactly what this book is: shallow, funny, light and easy to digest.
I made a mistake by choosing this one on my reader. I have both AFF and I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell but assumed that AFF was the first book instead of looking it up online first. I was already part way into the book before I realized my mistake and just kept on reading vowing to go back to IHTSBIH when I was done. The books are similar and the only reason you know that there was a previous book is that he makes reference to it. Both are a compilation of short stories they do not need to be read it order. The author (Tucker Max) is just retelling his wild stories about getting drunk and fucking random women. The books simply mark the highlights of a bachelor lifestyle and the antics he gets into when he gets drunk or goes out to find a girl to fuck (and they usually go hand in hand). If reading about any of these things offend you in any way, skip the book and skip anything written by Tucker. This book is not meant to leave you with any deep meanings or understandings. His stories are vulgar and its like a glimpse into the mind of the bully that picked on you all your life.
The things that he has done, gotten away with and haven't gotten away with will make you think he is the worlds biggest douchebag. But its like watching a disaster, its disturbing but its so hard to look away. The stories are sometimes depressing, sad and even disgusting. But you should get the hint by the title alone. Tucker Max points out how awful he is time and time again. He makes no apologies for his life, this is how he is, take it or leave it. But the thing is, when he is so upfront with you about everything (from the sad women he fucks to the reasons behind writing his book), you can't help but sit back and enjoy it a bit. Many people will never do these things, or want to, but by reading this book you are getting a chance to live vicariously through his stories. And sometimes when you read, you get the inexplicable need to go shower afterwards.
So if you are looking for something light, funny and sometimes disturbing read, give it a shot. But if the thought of reading about his excitement about his first hookup with a midget, drunken tales of fucking women, and general stories that remind you of your childhood bully makes you squirm, just pass on this book and move onto something different. ...more