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Plumas de Muerte: Tequila Journals and Dreams

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Life in a long-stay motel, overseen by the on-site muscle: 'if this was a movie, he'd be played by Steve Buscemi'. Twelve-hour shifts at a mundane job alongside a host of strange characters with their own struggle to make it to the end of the day. Anecdotes from journals of adventures past: wannabe musicians, ill-fated relationships and the bottom of a bottle.

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Kindle Edition, 154 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by PdM Publishing
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Stephanie Jane
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Plumas De Muerte is one very dark read! Essentially a memoir of what was happening in Phil Motel's real life during the time in which he wrote his novel Rum Hijack (a book I now absolutely Have to read!), I often felt very uncomfortable as I turned the pages. Reading this journal, I think, was akin to remotely observing someone falling apart, emotionally and physically, and being powerless to step in and stop them. The vivid prose allowed me
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Terry Tyler
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The 'Tequila Journals', the first part of this book, makes up 80% of the whole. There are two main settings: an unnamed place of work, and the motel in which the diarist lives. Doesn't sound very thrilling? It is. PM is one of those scribes who has the knack of making an after-work beer in a fast food establishment or wrangles over his room rent with the seedy 'Steve Buscemi' as riveting as any 'fast-paced' action thriller. I once noted that memoir writer Val Poore managed to bring tears to my e ...more
Georgia Rose
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this novel as a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and received a copy from the author. This does not affect my review in any way.

The reader is warned at the beginning of this book that it is unrevised for authenticity and, for what follows, that is exactly as it should be. These are typed and handwritten journals set mostly between Phil’s motel room and his place of work. The dreams segment fills probably the last 20% of the book and I wasn’t so interested in that part. Bu
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Mary June
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is a series of journal entries all penned under the influence, which relates a period of life of an English expat in the United States.

Some of the episodes and portrayal of characters are brilliant, others — are banal, bitter, or flat.

I felt a range of emotions while I was reading: from anger, frustration to sadness, sympathy, and compassion.

There’s an aftertaste upon finishing the book, I have not yet figured it out what it is. Like you woke up from a bad dream? Maybe that’s why the bi
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Beth Dalesio
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The Point of this book?

Was into it until the last chapter. We all have crazy thoughts and feelings. A result of your drinking addiction.
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