The War Against the Assholes
Mike Wood is a teenager at a decidedly unprestigious Catholic school in Manhattan, accustomed to solving problems using brawn rather than brains.
One day, his nerdy classmate Hob Callahan persuades him to read a mysterious old book of unknown authorship, The Calendar of Slights. On the face of things, the book is a guide to performing clever card tricks; but in fact, it is...more
Mike Wood, is a pretty typical teenage boy - a bit of a jock (football only), lazy, constantly horny, touchy. Not an endearing character, but very true ...more
Seriously though, it was just a little too weird for me. The structure of the book was just so short and abrupt and annoying, and I had way too hard of a time looking past it to the story underneath. And it was just a gimmick--because when I read ...more
But that's before Mike is pulled into a shady club of sorts by a fellow classmate, and everything he thought he knew is proved false. ...more
I'm really, really curious as to how this novel got ...more
At the other end of the scale is Sam Munson's The War Against the Assholes. Like Uprooted, it's the story of a teen thrust into the midst of a magical conflict; unlike Novik, Munson's writing style is, er, an acquired taste. A teenage boy, Mike Wood, is picked by a secret society of magicians to fight the good fight against the IlluminatiAssholes (you know, the cabal the orchestrates world events).
I ran out ...more
I was intrigued by the premise, and the title, but there was nothing in the characters for me to be anything but apathetic about them and the sentence ...more
This is basically The Catcher in the Rye with magic and a writing style I do not appreciate - I was particularly frustrated with the dialogue. I hated Catcher in the Rye, so me not liking this one makes sense.
The main character was almost as annoying as Holden (quite a feat in itself) and 'asshole' turns out to be a lame nickname for the opponents rather than a clever spin on something.
I was so excited going into this, but man.. I just can't go through with it. I'm ...more
The details are both pretentious and graphic in a TMI gross-dude-stuff kind of way.
But this book is more aimless and the world building is less defined. Honestly, it almost seems like the first-person narration would make for an easier read than The Magicians was. Not so, apparently. Because the author failed to pull the protagonist into a plotline soon enough, the lul ...more
The magic of the book was really interesting, you have Sorcerers who have schools and stuff who are the bad guys and our guys use card tricks and magic tricks to fight, which I thought w ...more
Okay, I'll stop doing that. Actually, I liked this quirky approach. I thought it was a brilliant way to capture the ...more
Based on what I have read is that Mike is the main character and he gets into a scuffle that leaves one of the schools bully’s rather bea ...more
Okay, so let me start this by saying I could not finish this book. And I usually finish books. Once I start, I stick through it to make a fair judgement call on the whole book. I just could not make it to the end of The War Against The Assholes.
The premise was different but fun. Fantasy and true crime? Not usually my genre of choice, but let's be honest, the title is enough to want to dive right into this one. Who wouldn't want to wage a war against the assholes ou ...more
Much his first novel, Munson chooses a precocious and under achieving high school student as his narrator and main character, which ends up somewhat alienating the reader from really bonding to the protagonist. A lot of the plot is driven by the mind of a young teenager and the lust and anger he feels toward others. Although the protagonist is said to be not terribly bright, he makes ...more
But this book is not for everyone. The blend of constant short sentences and long paragraphs leave the reader dropped in a unique style of prose. Unfortunately, it does not work for every reader.
It is fully the owner’s tale in his unique voice filled with ...more
Also, and this annoyed me to know end, he overused. Periods. Everything. Was followed. By a period.
Additionally, questions deserve to be followed by question marks.
This story was interesting and quite original; a plus. Howe ...more