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Therein Lies the Problem

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The American Dream is dead. It is a nation desperate for change, which might explain how a man like Lester Ginn - huckster, hypnotist, swordsman, self-proclaimed visionary - could rally support for his own grandiose notion of utopia ... The Pyramid.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 22nd 2007 by Skull & Bones
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Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, 2015
My impression of this book is likely skewed by two elements that usually really annoy me about books. So if these things don't annoy you, you might like it more. Those things are

- present tense narration
- sound effects (especially where used inconsistently)

I find present tense is often really annoying, although it can be used at times to really great effect (usually to do with emphasising that this is happening now and the 'future' is unknown), but this book is not one of those times. The book j
Ben Raphael
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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This review is for the AUDIOBOOK version. This Audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

Somewhere in a post-nuclear disaster Las-Vegas, an eccentric man named Lester builds the largest Pyramid ever, and names it... The Pyramid.
However, what sounds like the basis of a great story simply did not manage to hold my interest and attention as much as I had hoped.

The first issue is with the way the story is presented (something the author comments on himself at
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, audio, comedy
This tale revolves around The Pyramid, the ultimate utopian home (and social experiment writ large)! It mostly tracks a period of time in the lives of those responsible for the creation and continued existence of The Pyramid. Or an assortment of periods anyway.

There's a warning at the beginning of the book that the story will jump around a little. This is no exaggeration and we zig-zag forward and backward, sometimes years into the past with quite bewildering abruptness! We mostly follow the pro
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Fast, fun, and comical, with clean, tight, straightforward writing. The author, with whom I drank recently (that was what we call "full disclosure"), definitely does NOT take himself too seriously, which makes for a lighthearted piece of work. Though there are many important "big ideas" bouncing around in this novel, it's not burdensome or especially challenging. It's good absurdist vacation reading.
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