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I Miss The World

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  671 ratings  ·  42 reviews

"LeVoit's work exists at the center of a glowing nexus where fever dream punk rock poetry collides with raw emotion and vertiginous talent." --Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City

Set in and around Hollywood Forever Cemetery, this tense and mind-bending noir is Violet LeVoit at her finest: an unnerving, unpredictable and comic
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published November 16th 2016 by King Shot Press
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Janie C.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read this book, then it has already worked its dark magic on you. If you haven't read it yet, start now. Go into the cemetery blindfolded and pay attention to the dialogue between siblings. Something has happened, but you have no idea what lies ahead of you. The pace is fast as reality untangles. Like the woman on page one, you are standing on a precipice. The truth is in the falling.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great!

Thing is: I was worried going in. I knew that the majority of the book (in fact, Id say 98% of it) took place in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and consisted of a conversation between the two main characters. I was like, HOW is this going to hold my interest. In the age of YouTube and Twitter and Vine, how can a sustained DIALOGUE possibly entertain me?

Dude, this book is more than just entertaining. It is profound.

Violet LeVoit knows where the veins are, and she knows how to
You get the feeling the author is messing with you throughout the entire book, like a cat who's caught a mouse, but you can't be certain and so all you can do is keep reading. You're at her mercy and she's having so much fun with that.
Austin James
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pain is the only polished antique we have. Its proof that time passes. -Violet LeVoit, I Miss the World

LeVoits created a slow-burn masterpiece. The first 80% of this book is a clinic in dialogue and character depth, whereas the final pages are fast-paced with breakneck prose and revelations youll never see coming.
George Billions
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Teasing a story in the background

I looked out the window one day and saw flashing lights down the block. The cops had pulled over a van on my street. A few minutes later another cop car came. They pulled out the driver and a passenger, who I guessed to be a husband and wife, and questioned them separately. Somebody, a daughter perhaps, moved around inside the van. The woman cried. The man made a phone call.
The girl didnt come out of the van until the cops left with the adults in handcuffs. She
A profound and amazing read. If you are looking at this, you have probably heard great things about I Miss The World already. I only have more great things to say. The only problem is that I cannot really say much about what happens without being a spoiler and I would loathe to do so. What I will say here is that LeVoit has blown my mind. To pull off a book where a majority of the content is dialogue in a graveyard between two characters is one thing. Not only was there was no problem keeping my ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! On the surface, this is a brother and sister talking in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery about culture and their history, working up to what led them to this conversation. This book made me think of Alice falling down the rabbit hole; falling in slow motion and describing the scenery as she goes. These characters are obviously plummeting towards something horrific, and the things they're discussing are circling around that horror in a narrowing spiral. It's short, it's riveting, and its a gut ...more
Carrie Laben
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Day of the Locust meets Fight Club in all the best ways.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I am not bad. I am good but hurt. That is often mistaken for bad. But it's not true. And there is nothing I have done that cannot be forgiven."

This book. I don't even know where to start. I was so unsure about what was going on for most of I Miss the World, and then I loved when everything tied together. This is a unique story, and I enjoyed it.

Most of this book is focused on a dialogue between two characters. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this, but it was done really well. Some
Matt Neil Neil
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short novel totally blew my mind. An absolute masterclass in dialogue (I can think of no better comparison than Elmore Leonard), a lot of the book unravels the past of two siblings through their reminiscences of family and faded Hollywood glamour, hints of darkness dropped sparingly like breadcrumbs to see you through the forest. And then there's a gut-punch change of pace before a breathless race to the end that left me crushed. No horror is turned away from here, in the end.

I had this on
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, even with some forewarning it still shocked me, and made me feel like I was reading something really special! I got sucked in at by the dialogue (there's a lot of it, like a lot a lot, but possibly the best dialogue I've read in a book!) It makes you let your guard down and feel safe before ripping you to shreds! I really loved all the snark, and the themes of identity, inability and/or refusal to forgive, and showing a dark and terrifying side to nostalgia. ...more
Tiffany Scandal
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in one sitting and it blew my mind. I was a huge fan of her short stories, but this, her debut novel, was on a whole other level. LeVoit is fierce and I can't wait to read what she comes out with next.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow! I read this in one sitting and it totally blew my mind. So many layers here, so disturbing, so much to think about. Ill definitely be checking out more of this authors work. ...more
Kevin Berg
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very powerful stuff that scratches at something painful deep inside you.
Ian Mond
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Im scrolling through Facebook as you do and I come across a post from Nick Mamatas where hes provided a quote for Violet LeVoits new novel Scarstruck and I think too myself who the fuck is Violet LeVoit and why havent I heard of her? I do a little digging (i.e. I googled her name) and discover that shes an author of Bizzaro fiction, a genre Ive always been aware of but have never bothered with. On reflection, I find that strange because Ive always been a fan of horror, loved my splatterpunk ...more
Tim Niland
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two siblings meet in a secluded Los Angeles graveyard to reminisce about life and their successes and failures. Vivid memories about growing up outside Baltimore in a soul crushing suburb, visiting their grandmother in Plainfield, New Jersey, her house a wonderland of kitsch, cookies and homespun love. The siblings split for the west coast to make their fortune in Hollywood, her as a casting director and him as a set designer, able to place each piece of furniture and knick knack in it's exact ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surreal and disturbing, with profound insights and enchanting visuals. It can easily be read in one sitting, which I recommend aiming for (don't start it when you only have 20 minutes or something) for full impact.
Pedro Proença
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king-shot-press
Masterpiece. Full review coming soon.
Thomas Joyce
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I spent most of this story not entirely sure of what was happening. This could be something that may put some readers off. But don't let it. I'm normally a slow reader, but I tore through this, despite not knowing where it was headed. That's thanks to LeVoit's wonderful dialogue and characterisation. It kept me invested in the story of the sister and brother all the way to the ending. And what an ending! It was what made this book a 5-star read for me. The ambiguity of the story and the way they ...more
David Bridges
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book without knowing what to expect from it. I have read several great books from King Shot Press this year and figured let's give it a whirl. Now that I have finished I Miss The World, I am glad I did not have any expectations because none of them would have been met. I don't mean that as a bad thing either. The book is so creative that it would've been impossible for me to have expectations anyways.

The book has a very brief ominous opening that I kept referring back to as I
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this in a single, uninterrupted sitting
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Yes, yes, yes. Interesting, breathless, vivid. But most of all interesting. Like listening to someone elses conversation going on in the booth behind you.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't write reviews because I don't usually feel the need to share anything publically with the world at large.

I will write my first and only review for this.


Like many of the descriptions mention, this is a punch in the face, a knee to the groin and a final knock out, face slam against a wall.

I am writing a review because to have this not be read by as many people as possible is an injustice. If I were to play the "What would you do if you had millions of dollars?" game, I would spend as
Tyler Spragg
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After seeing so much praise for I MISS THE WORLD, I figured it wouldn't disappoint. I picked up this book with almost no idea what I was getting into and was not let down even the slightest bit. Grab this book and see for yourself what you've been missing.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dive in without expectations. LeVoit's unique voice will pull you into a mental space that makes the strange feel familiar.
Ira Rat
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts off reading like Tarantino rewriting the dialog to a Camus novel, but ends up its own thing entirely. Engaging in a way that I wasn't expecting, I can't recommend this book enough.
Edward Stafford
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars, rounded up because it's definitely more of a 3.51 than a 3.49.

This book shouldn't work. The fact that it does probably has more to do with Violet LeVoit being a fucking excellent writer than anything miraculous. Seriously, I am so glad I went into this blind because if the person who recommended it would have told me more about it, I probably would have passed and then I would have missed out.

This is a hard one to recommend and an even harder one to review without
Sarah Karasek
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is almost like poetry in the way it surprises. Have you ever seen someone blow a smoke ring that unravels only to reform minutes later? Me neither, but LeVoit accomplishes the verbal equivalent in her winding use of imagery and thought. I'd compare it to the classic stream of consciousness novels, although I can't say for sure how much that term itself applies - stream of conversation perhaps. I must admit that I haven't read The Tracy Fragments yet, but I would highly recommend this ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have, shiver
This book took me through a range of emotions I didnt think possible in 120 pages. I wont go into details because its easily spoiled but I do recommend.

Favorite Emotion: Hollywood Pop-Culture Bliss
Least Favorite: Testicular Trauma Like Pain
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, old-movies
An awesome gutpunch of a book. I read it all in one sitting and I advise to carve time out yourself and read it all at once--easily doable, with the book packing an awful lot of intensity in 124 pages. I knew it was set in Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood, so I purchased this based on good review and the expected old movie references. The book did not disappoint--and from the disturbing start, to the lengthy brother and sister monologues in the cemetery--to the slow dawning realization that ...more
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