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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,225 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
What LAPD cop Parker Hass wants is a world both safe and just for his wife and infant daughter. But then a plague of insomnia strikes. Working undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles ruled in equal parts by martial law and insurgency, Park is tasked with cutting off illegal trade in Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected their precious sleep. After a year o ...more
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Published January 12th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 2010)
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May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, apocalyptic, dark, weird
This is a fantastic book. Funny thing is, when I started this one last year after summer, I just could not get through the intro, this is a book which does not read easily (for me). It is also a book that needs your full attention, with all the happenings and details. Now, I had time and started again, knowing this had to be good. Well.. it is. Brilliant story, apocalyptic, but also, a story about love. It keeps you hanging on til the end and the story is so cleverly built, it is never boring an ...more
I have good news, and I have better news.

The good news is that Charlie Huston has finally started using quotation marks instead of the annoying and confusing dashes before dialogue. Granted, he still isn’t using ‘he said’ or ‘she asked’, but progress is progress.

The better news is that Huston has written a masterpiece.

It’s been fascinating to read along as pure talent has evolved to extreme skill from the Hank Thompson and Joe Pitt stories to the point where Huston started delivering these stan
Robert Beveridge
Charlie Huston, Sleepless (Ballantine, 2010)

I started three books on the same day, two Vine books and a third I'd bought with birthday money. I figured Sleepless would probably be the one that would get relegated to the back of the line, as I knew nothing about Charlie Huston save that The Mystical Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death has gotten a lot of good press this year and that it had an interesting-sounding premise. But Friday night I had a large block of reading time available, so I ended
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Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ɗắɳ 2.☊ by: Kemper
Shelves: apocalyptic
2.5 Stars
“A fringe illness known as fatal familial insomnia. The name tells you all you need to know about its quaint beginnings. Familial. For virtually all of the 245-odd years of its recorded history, FFI had restricted itself to less than a handful of genetic lines. How and why it widened its scope so terribly and suddenly was, you’ll understand, a subject greatly debated.”
The FFI prion eats holes in the brain, leaving a cratered landscape, one of the side effects being the loss of sleep. Th
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine-book
Disclosure: This was a book I received through the Amazon Vine program which I read in 2009. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: What former philosophy student Parker Hass wanted was a better world. A world both just and safe for his wife and infant daughter. So he joined the LAPD and tried to make it that way. But the world changed. Struck by waves of chaos carried in on a tide of insomnia. A plague of sleeplessness.

Park can sleep, but he is wide awake. And as much as he wishes he was dreaming, h
Garrett Leun
May 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish.

One of my favorite contemporary authors, and I didn't finish.

I was almost 100 pages in when I realized I was tracking two characters. Or at least I thought I was. I still don't quite know what was what in this confusing narrative. I admire Huston's attempt at trying something different and new, but I felt like this book was so far removed from his normally rock-solid style that it lost it's way.

It's set in the future, not too far, but far enough to necessitate lots of new jarg
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Charlie Huston has flexed his Crime Noir muscles and punches them into this gritty dystopic tale of a world with an epidemic of sleeplessness. Before you assume that sounds a bit lame, be aware that there is a real disease called Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) that is always fatal and very painful. Fortunately it is also very rare affecting about 100 individuals world-wide coming from a genetic pool of 40 families, most in Italy. However. Huston invents a fictional version of this disease that is ...more
Sleepless is a mix of zombie movie,a future is now(actually an alternate present), a hard boiled thriller, and strangely a meditation on a family. This is written in a more convoluted style than Mr. Huston usually stripped down style for a couple reasons I suspect, mainly his use of invented author as the teller of this story and I suspect a mild overload on research. He is using punctuation marks on his dialogue so any of those lunatics who find this stylistic trait so annoying as to write off ...more
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
SETTING: Post-apocolyptic LA, 2010

Charlie Huston has done it again. With the release of his latest book, he shows once again that there is no formula that he is going to follow. SLEEPLESS is a work of speculative fiction set in post-apocalyptic Los Angles. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before.

It’s mid-2010, and the world is in a chaotic state. Los Angeles is living under martial law, and violence rules. Societal mores have broken down, and the citizenr
William Thomas
A book that takes a different look at the zombie archetype and instead looks at it through a disease that causes sleeplessness. I found the premise to be too intriguing to pass up, even though I feel Huston is not a good writer, save for The Shotgun Rule. However, what came to pass was a book that bored me to tears by the last 100 pages and I wished death on myself a few times while trying to finish it. It was a long journey through the desert, the reading of this, only at the end there is no oa ...more
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Charlie Huston is an American author of Noircrime fiction. However, according to a recent interview with Paradigm, he prefers to be classified as a writer of Pulp, due to how he writes.
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“Things are as bad as you fear they are. People are as bad as you think they are. The Universe does not care.” 32 likes
“For there is nothing quite so terror-inducing as the loss of sleep. It creates phantoms and doubts, causes one to questions one's own abilities and judgement, and, over time, dismantles, from within, the body.” 22 likes
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