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Looking for something politically incorrect to read that will make you laugh, cry, and possibly vomit? Then this book is for you. Imagine if every smoke pit conversation and weird field talk you’ve ever had was taken and then cursed at for a few hours until it becomes print and you have this book. Like if your favorite war movies and science fiction books got drunk, had an ...more
Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published November 11th 2017
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Heather Carson
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is unlike any I’ve ever read. I was literally laughing, crying, and cringing while following the main character’s twisted heroic tale. This is a Marine Corp story that is outrageous and so shocking that it is pretty much nonfiction.
I’m not sure if I should give the main character a hug or a bar of soap, but either way I was beyond invested in the outcome.
If you have any military connection and a sick sense of humor (or if you enjoy good writing and don’t mind the shock and awe) do yo
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Diana Hall
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this incredible novel several days ago but I really needed time to process everything I had read so that I could give it a proper and well-deserved review. I still don't think I can do this novel or Tripp Ainsworth's writing ability any justice. Even as a writer myself, there are really no words to describe how incredible this novel is. I usually don't read war fiction (although I should) or even science fiction. I also read this novel without reading any of the reviews because I want ...more
Nix Damon
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating this book as someone from the outside (i.e. I have never served), but I really enjoyed being immersed in a whole world that I've never explored before - in imagination or reality. It's a bit of a culture shock, but I found myself laughing out loud as often as crying (and yes, wanting to vomit).

This book was like jumping into a swamp of unfamiliar feelings and behaviors every time I picked it up - or like getting into a roller coaster without a harness: exhilarating and terrifying! I
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Damien Larkin
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smokepit fairytales is one of the most entertaining reads I've come across in years. On the face of it, it's a war story following some US marines on their deployment to Iraq and the aftermath of a short war with Iran, but there's so much more to this novel.

The humor is what sucked me in at first - the sharp, snappy one-liners heard in barracks around the world. The highs and lows were hilarious and brutal, from drunken rampages on crazy nights out to moments of raw suffering as the main charac
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Jesse Kichula
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a story that strikes dear into the hearts of men and makes mountains tremble like the Napoleonic drums across Europe.. then this might not be for you. But, if you're looking for a sick, twisted and oddly beautiful story about two Marines fucking shit up across Iraq and Mars then you've come to the right place. For me what sets Mr Ainsworth apart from other authors that write about military life, conflict or what it's like to serve is that he's experienced it. He understands ...more
Peter Richardson
This is the first war related book that I've read, not including sci-fi and fantasy variants, so I didn't know what to expect, but I can safely say that I'm glad that I picked up the book and experienced it.
The opening was very good and it reminded me a lot of the opening cafe/diner scene from 'Pulp Fiction', and while I did struggle a little in the following chapters (I'm unfamiliar with the genre so I blame that), the story ramped up nicely and I felt invested with what was going to happen to
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Nannette Kreitzman
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
An absorbing read!

Smokepit Fairytales starts out as a raw and gritty story about war and the soldiers who fight them. Hunkered down in the trenches with its crass yet captivating characters, I thought I knew what kind of story I was reading. Then things took a turn. Then another. And another! Just when I thought Ainsworth obviously couldn’t make up his mind what kind of story to write, he tantalizingly tied everything together in preparation for the next book in the series. An absorbing read!
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Katie Lewis
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike Anything Else

You guys should read this book. If you start reading and think about calling it quits for whatever reason, don't. Keep reading it. If you find yourself shocked, horrified, offended, pissed off, triggered, whatever, just keep reading. It's a great story with fascinating insight into the life and mind of a marine, plus war, plus aliens, plus cool Indiana Jones stuff, plus epic sequel potential. So stoked for the next book! thanks to the author for the wild ride
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Gail Murdick
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book

This book is awesome, hilarious, and dark all at the same time. Loved it!! Had a hard time putting it down!!
Mike Berckenhoff
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well...

Well, that was a crazy ride. I have to read the others now. You'll like the dark humor and sci-fi aspect if you grew up watching USA Channels Up All Night.
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