Random Acts of Senseless Violence
It's just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary. She's a nice middle-class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town.
A normal, happy, girl.
But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed. War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in a...more
But it isn't. Perhaps the problem is the title, which is, when you look at it objectively, completely crap. Perhaps the problem is that when people see that it's about a near future urban nightmare featuring gangs of feral children they think huh, I already read one like that.
Doesn't stop them reading umpteen books about vampires ...more
This is like a book version of the Telltale Walking Dead game starring Clem. I don't have any better description, actually. It's super dark. Breakdown of society. Diary entries of a kid. Lord of the Flies-ish. Between this and Station Eleven I need to read a bunch of romance fluff for a while, haha.
1) Exquisite writing. Mind-blowingly marvelous. The shifting voice of the MC is compelling and utterly believable.
I've penned myself dry with all I writ. You give ear when everybody deafs and lend me shoulder constant if tears need dropping.
2)The book kept me up ALL NIGHT. I was unable to stop reading because I had to find out about Iz and Boob and Lola.
3) At the same time, I hated the plot. I'm not saying it was a bad plot. It was gripping and perfectly structured. It's no mean ...more
Womack takes all the increasing poverty, the general decline across the board, the massive riots, unrest and all the various drugs making it into every home (including prescription abuse), and tops it with violence on a very scary and down-to-earth scale.
It works so well here in this novel. The gentle diary of a 12-year-old girl in a mone ...more
You are the only one I can turn too when I am troubled and have no one to talk too.
My friends are all reading a book called Random Acts of Senseless Violence written by a guy named Jack Womack. They think it's so cool and it does have a cool name and cover and I really wanted to like it. Really I did... but I just finished reading it and I feel kinda' "meh" about it.
Maybe I was expecting more from it, or maybe dear Diary, maybe I'm too old to be cool anymore. Or maybe it's just not a ...more
Even though it's along the lines of A Clockwork Orange, it's definitely original and way better in my opinion. I'm not really into coming of a ...more
I cannot do it justice in a review, save to say, this is something every sf reader from YA up should seek out and read. If you're a reader ...more
The story is lacking that extra spark and I am biased against books with minor protagonists. The title is misleading. The shelves people have thrown the book onto are misleading. ...more
So, this is one of the most depressing, sad, harrowing books out there and if that's what you're looking for you will have found it here.
I rate books on more than ...more
My wish for this year is that just once, just one time, just for a second, there would be a Jack Womack book that I could actually recommend to people. Because he's a good author. And as I slowly maneuver my way through the DryCo books, I do like them quite a bit. The futurespeak isn't completely impenetrable, the plots are intriguing and kind of freaky, and there's something very organic about the world of the books.
But the ones I've read, I can't re
It's also a good book.
Lola a clever happy 12 year old living a comfortable existence in the upper west side in New York starts a diary. Day by day she chronicles a steadily disintegrating society and the impact it has on her and her family as they s ...more
The last line made my heart lurch in horror, and not cynical, unfeeling horror of The Wasp Factory, but the kind that comes from genuine despair. I'm afraid that this is one of those books I'm going to be cornering unsuspecting people with at parties and saying "Have you read this f#cking thing?" while they cough and try to shuffle away.
Mindlost and u ...more
Like the Clarke book, this one opens with an impassioned intro from another author (William Gibson), explaining why this is such a secret, cult favorite. I'm liable to agree! It's original, explosive, exaggerated, tragicomic, and did I mention original? It's double-original. It's n-original. It was fun and dark and demented. I loved it!
The titular random act of senseless violence occur ...more
Reading this book in the time of Trump was like circling the sucking, swirling depression hole blindfolded. You're just asking for it. I found myself pushing to get to the end so I wouldn't have to keep living i ...more
Random Acts is the story of a young girl in a near-future Manhattan dealing with an increasingly violent culture. Over the course of about six months, Lola's life falls from upper-middle class life into violent crime and life on the streets. The novel watches her life, instincts, and language change. Of particular note is this language thing. The first entries are in traditional conservative modern grammer. By the end, ...more
Although the book is set decades into the future, Womack could not have anticipated how fast events would occur nor how the apocalyptic urban chaos he describes would be outdone by reality - within eight years. Still, it's prescient, no doubt, and the teenage Lola, as the antithetical Ann ...more
A dark and disturbing novel pieced together like the diary of a 12 year old girl in a close-to-apocalyptic New York.
Lola (Booz) lives with her parents and her 9-year old sister Cheryl (Boob). She goes to an all-girl private school and has two close friends.
As it starts, there's already trouble in paradise because no one is buying her father's screenplays anymore and her mother, not being tenured, has been let go from her teaching position. There's the debt collectors - vile, ...more