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Wild Tales From the Police Blotter by Christopher Joseph Sullivan
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Jul 09, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended to David by: Mephastopheles
Recommended for: Readers of the NY Post
Read in July, 2008

This is supposed to be "Cops" for the reading world; a compendium of interesting material from police reports (blotters) throughout the United States. Unfortunately it must be intended for the barely literate, as the writing is mundane, the author lacks a vocabulary, and words are mercilessly repeated in consecutive sentences without sentence variation. The author loves lines starting with the person or placement noun; whole pages of sentences are written starting "He," "She," or the person's name(or "the bull" see below). Here is an actual example, pg 75

"The bull ran five blocks before the cops came up with a plan. One cop car herded the bull from the front toward an empty parking lot as another cop car came up from the rear, aiming the bull in the same direction. The bull had other ideas and would not go gently into the lot. He wanted to see New York."

"The bull" appears four times in three sentences. "Cop" thrice in two. Imagine a book full. The writing kills any worthwhile research or interest in a topic that could be fascinating.


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message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt Walker Ha...I do like the (unintentional?) Dylan Thomas reference.

It sounds like this book could be useful for making found poems out of...

message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura i like the (parenthetical)

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