The Bones: A Novel
Frank Bones is a self-destructive, take-no-prisoners, bad boy comic whose recent stage stunt with a firearm has cost him his audience and his bookings. Back at the bottom rung, Frank has no choice but to take his gigs where he can get them until, by virtue of a Hollywood miracle, he gets a call from his ...more
The author not only grew up watching television, but has been deeply involved with the television industry, so this book belies my prejudice against recent writers.
Frank Bones, the titular character, is a comic stuck in the touring ...more
Frank Bones, the oddball protagonist of The Bones, carries this clever story about moral misfires and tabloid celebrity in Hollywood. Bones, who addresses himself in the third person, is a comic dud anxious to reach beyond his C-list fame. Greenland weaves a clever, if not over-the-top, story about one man's attempt to regain fame and another's sideways journey to reap its rewards. There are bones to pick with this debut, though one may overlook such trivialities when realizing how difficult it...more
In parts hysterically funny yet also very insightful on the nouveau riche Hollywood entertainment industry habitues.
Featuring Frank Bones, a "Lenny Bruce" type comedian who longs for ultimate fame and fortune without sacrificing his soul and Lloyd Melnick, who manages to be living the life his wife wants for him as a writer/producer of a ...more
It wasn't the funniest book I've read in the past 10 years, but then I again I don't work in TV in Los Angeles. Its humor did grow on me, so that by the final 100 pages I was laughing out loud at times. Ultimately, the absurdity is so extreme (think Carl Hiaison) that it's hard to take it too seriously. But then again, maybe I just don't realize how bad things are there. I'm ...more