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All My Colors

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  12 reviews
From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, All My Colors is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story at the intersection of Richard Bachman, Charlie Kaufman and Franz Kafka.

It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Titan Books
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Carolyn
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you like your main characters to be likeable, you might struggle a little with this to begin with, as the main character of David Quantick's All My Colors, Todd Milstead, is introduced on the very first page as not only being a "jerk" but a jerk who "was giving free rein to his inner dickhead." But the writing is so good - and so funny - that you won't care. Todd does have sporadic moments of self-awareness and at certain points it feels like he may learn and avoid the doom we know he's headi ...more
Lou
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Starts with a Saturday night meeting of writers, struggling ones, and strange conversing on Norman Mailer and a story of a women and a case of wanting a finger sawn off.
Main protagonist Todd Milstead has a Jerk-off room.
Which writer has that?
There will be dark comedy in the narrative and I happen to be in need of a laugh or two.
Struggling writer to successfull published first novel, but at what cost and length of the road will this main character Todd partake upon?
Absurdities await the to be nov
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Runalong
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn’t like a horror tale where the mediocre but very loud man gets his just desserts? Funny and pacy

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
Jake
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some asshole is the only person who knows a book, so he writes it it himself. Turns out it's really good, and then the accolades start rolling in. Sure, it might be plagiarism, but so what? It's not hurting anyone, right? Wrong.

I found All My Colors to be a wild, and at times frightening book. It's kind of like a David Lynch movie, one of the Coen Brother's stranger offerings, or the magnificent White Tears (which is also about a person who "steals" an un-attributable work and then has to "pay
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Tracy
So, kind of an odd book, and not something I would typically pick up (expanding my perspectives!), but it kept me turning pages until the end. It's a great premise, and I just had to connect the dots laid out in the beginning. For those who like quirky, speculative, horror-ish fiction.
Doreen
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: titan
4/12/19 3.5 stars rounded up. Full review tk here and at The Frumious Consortium.

4/16/19 Every aspiring creative knows that inspiration is that most fickle of creatures. The Muse will not be forced... but what if she does show up? And what if she's out to get you?

Todd Milstead is an asshole. A literary wannabe who sponges off the fortune of his long-suffering wife Janis, his main asset is his eidetic memory, that he often wields as a weapon against the small circle of friends who gather to drink
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Hebridean Reader
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Todd Milstead is a jackass; barely tolerated by a few close friends who love his whiskey more than him and loathed by almost everybody else, his arrogance and self-satisfaction mark him for a comeuppance well overdue. Until one night when he discovers that he can recall a book, word for word, that no one else has ever heard of – the titular All My Colors. Being a wannabe writer who, until this moment hasn’t managed to construct enough narrative to fit on a napkin, Todd decides that this is his c ...more
Allison
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*I read an Advanced Review Copy of All My Colors. Some elements are subject to change.

All My Colors is an interesting idea that required more development. It was hard to tell where the story was going at times, as Todd's general characterization as "an a**hole" left many oppurtunities for his comeuppance. This really interfered with the story's more narrow final message: That men should not use women as two dimensional muses to inspire their work and then turn around and hate women in everday li
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Jason
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was in my late teens when Jurassic Park and The Firm were originally published. While reading those books, I couldn't sleep until I read one more chapter. Of course one more chapter turned into “All the Chapters” and I was exhausted at high school the next day.

This was a new phenomenon for me. I had heard people say they couldn't put a book down, but I had never heard of people not being able to sleep because they were so engaged with the plot. That's the power of a good book.

I'd regularly e
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Oliver Clarke
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on scifiandscary.com. I received a copy of the book from Titan Books for review consideration.
‘All My Colors’ is a weird blend of horror and comedy that manages to work a lot better than books that mix those genres sometimes do. I often find that comedy horror veers too far one way or the other, being either funny but not scary or creepy but with jokes that fall flat. David Quantick’s book steers a path straight down the middle and is both laugh out loud funny and genu
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Georgia_books
I was very kindly sent this book from titanbooks in exchange for an honest review.

All my colors is David Quantick's most recent book, quirky, full of dark humour and rather challenging behaviour. Todd is in the middle of a divorce, he's broke and he's.. Well let's face it, he's an ass!

This book was an okay read for me, I mean it isn't the typical type of book I'd reach for, but I did find myself enjoying parts and I definitely didn't find myself willing for it to end! It was pretty creepy, pret
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Steve Gillway
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedyish, dystopian
Up there with Coupland as an outlandish gothic parable. Makes you wait for the Echo and the Bunnymen reference.
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