Any Resemblance to a Coincidence Is Accidental
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However, I felt a sense of unease while reading. It offers much to feed the mind in ...more
I didn't dig it. Why didn't I dig it? Like with Night Vale podcasts, or recent Neil Stephenson novels, or bad comedians, I felt like the entire time I was being bludgeoned with self-indulgence. Even after only 20 pages, it was too damn much. I pressed forward, but after the half way point I had to stop.
Why does this happen? Think about comedy teams, how at least one person provides contrast by being the "straight man/woman". These ...more
This is Steve Birds most assessable and funniest book. His last books were good, but one, or at least, I did not catch all the satire; it took work. This is Steve Bird for Dummies if you will; easy like Sunday morning, Sure he will take you into some dark rooms ( disclaimer: a woman is chased and set on fire with a flame thrower. BUT there no way you wont laugh in the first 10 pages. Like Franzens and ...more
The book was chaotic, nonsensical. There was no plot that I could find, all characters were shallow to be polite. Reading it was an experience and ...more
Chapter One: An anonymous female “Fakebook spokesperson” deconstructs sociological manifestations of popular culture, as they occur on Fakebook. She ends her lecture by introducing the central character of Noloso Chushingura. Chapter Two: Noloso Chushingura returns to the wretchedness of Mucha Nieve and is shocked by what he sees. Dreams, fantasy, nightmares and memories are his only comfort. Noloso flees Mucha Nieve, crossing the border by bus into Kanuckya. Chapter Three: An ...more
- Full disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. -
Longest run-on stream of consciousness ever. Unreadable. I tried to give this a fair shake and read much longer than I would have had I just come across this randomly. Usually a stream-of-consciousness will at least have themes it runs through, or even a character of sorts to follow through their experience. This was just nonsense, and after several "chapters" I was done trying. Here's the ...more
I have read all of Mr. Birds' previous books and feel this is his best work yet. The book has a feel of a modern day Alice in Wonderland looking at the world of social media in a very funny, bizarrre and satirical way of thinking. Every time I read it, I could not wait to see what the next chapter would bring.
Mr. Bird is a very talented author and his writing ability is able to reach beyond all boundaries, which is truly amazing. The ...more
I am willing to pass this book on if anyone is interested (Kindle version).
No. Just no. Disjointed, frenetic nonsense.
In case you think I object to this book because of the writing style, let me tell you I loved the work of John Brunner. You do not have to "make sense" to be a good author.
But you have to make a point.
"Any Resemblance..." Just makes a lot of noise. This is the first ARC that I am not going to even finish.
Did not finish. This is not my type of book. Poor writing by including a disclaimer that the writing is poor on purpose isn't an excuse. It was annoying to read. I've never actually read a book that's actually annoying to read. It was like reading Facebook posts from your most annoying friends/acquaintances over and over again. I gave it a good try...getting about a third of the way into it, before giving up.
There is a disclaimer before the table of contents that lets the reader know there will be names, pronouns, and place names that have exaggerated spellings. This is true for verb conjugations, as well. Ok - how creative!
After reading the first few pages of this, I was so lost. Maybe I'm too old, maybe I'm not hip enough, maybe I'm not cultured enough. What the heck is going on here?
I found the sentences ...more
This was a bizarre and surreal satire that never focuses on any one character for too long. The book jumps around from a man witnessing the murder of a woman by a group of homeless men to a woman who suddenly transports to a shrine dedicated to Bast to a redneck telling a story about a group of other rednecks who tried to hunt down a woman who had an abortion to a girl admitting through a "Fakebook" post that she's actually an alien to a man lamenting ...more
If you follow Mr. Bird on Feignbook (tm) you'll recognize his self-and other-lacerating social media voice, herein dilated and sharpened and pushed as far into excess as sexual ...more
I'd highly ...more
Oh boy, where do I start? The font size was so large I had to hold the book so far away that my arms got tired super quickly. I got a headache after reading for this book for 30 minutes.
I understand the author is trying to be extreme but they could have dialed it down a little bit. Why change all the names of cities? I couldn't keep track of half the streets in the last bit I read because nothing made sense.
I understand that this is suppose to be ...more
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I found myself going back for another read of this book after reading reviews and speaking to a friend about it.
At first I thought I wasn't going to comprehend some of the content, but I gave it another look with a different perspective, and enjoyed it. Always remember, life and art are about perspective. It's not a book I would normally pick up, but I now have a new author to follow.
This was a pretty good book. It was one of those books that I had to get part way through before it finally hooked me. A good quick read. I would suggest to not give up on it till your about 80 pages in. It took about that long for me to really get in it. It is a good written and paced book. Very enjoyable.
I'm sorry to say I couldn't get through it. It was just a lot of complaining/mocking and poking fun at everything, I mean everything. I couldn't even find the story. I found myself thinking ok I get it, you hate everything. I got halfway through but it's just not for me.