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Sweet and Vicious

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  431 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
“Fascinating and hilarious,” “relentlessly clever,” and “truly haunting” are all phrases that have been used to describe David Schickler’s unique talent. And all apply to this brash, brilliant novel featuring two of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction: Grace McGlone and Henry Dante.

Sexy and willful, Grace McGlone is saving herself for the right man. When
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published January 1st 2004)
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Ben Babcock
This is an adorable book. I don’t know why it hasn’t received more attention, though looking at other reviews, it seems that most people didn’t find it as charming as I did—or at least, that charm didn’t outweigh perceived faults in David Schickler’s writing.

The premise of Sweet and Vicious is simple: it’s a gangster romance road trip black comedy.

Gangster: Henry Dante is one of Honey Pobrinkis’ best thugs—though he hasn’t had to kill anyone yet. But when Honey’s nephew threatens an innocent wom
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
David Schickler's short story collection, Kissing in Manhattan , is one of the best collections of short stories I've read in ages. Understandably, then, I was expecting a lot from Schickler's first novel.

Aside from the longish (50-page) second chapter, which, with a few tweaks, could have easily worked as a great stand-alone short story, the rest of Sweet and Vicious was thoroughly disappointing. In the acknowledgments Schickler thanks his film agent, and I'm not surprised--because the book r
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was loaned to me by a friend with the words "one of my favorite books" attached to it. I started it and put it down, and picked it up and put it down. I had it sitting on my bookshelf for an amount of time that isn't socially acceptable. I finally picked it up and told myself that I couldn't read anything else until I could give it back to my friend and honestly tell her I had finished it. In the 2 weeks since that happened, I cleaned my carpets, scrubbed the bathrooms until they shine ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
This is a book I wouldn't normally choose on my own but I stumbled across an unabridged audio version at the library and it caught my attention.

It tells the story of a mob enforcer named Henry who has a weakness for beautiful women. That weakness is his downfall when it lands him on the run with a suitcase full of stolen diamonds called "The Planets". Then the book takes an entirely different turn and actually felt like a different book when the author jumps back into the past and introduces a
Amy L. Campbell
Quite a bit of violence, sexual and regular. Some very strange stuff going on in this novel. Basic plot revolves around some stolen diamonds, the man who stole him, and the woman he randomly hooks up with. It's not bad, but when all is said and done, there's just not a lot going on in this novel. It's a quick and fun read, so if you need something between two serious novels or a break between semesters it would be a good choice. On the other hand, there's no real reason to seek this out.

The revi
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
ugh. the ending. just, ugh. ruined.
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No
Shelves: shelve-it
Silly & not well written. Pass.
Apr 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
A disappointment after "Kissing in Manhattan."
Andrea Risker
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It made me laugh. Made me cry. Made me feel in touch with "real life". lol. :)
Ron Grunberg
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
It's been a few years since his last publication, I've read both David's books at least twice, and am somewhat impatiently waiting for his next. He's a bright young writer of enormous talent. He takes every word--every sentence--as a great challenge. He doesn't want to be mediocre for one moment. He demands his prose is infused with--here's a word he might use--the stupendous.

Each of his characters are remarkable. On the one hand they seem absurd caricatures but on the other, many are presented
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-the-library
Kissing in Manhattan is one of my top ten favorite books. So when David Schickler's new novel finally became available at the local library, I shamelessly abandoned the book I was currently reading and settled in to finish it in one giant gulp. Honestly, there is no comparison between Sweet and Vicious and Kissing in Manhattan, and no replacing the latter in my hierarchy of favorites. But I did enjoy Sweet and Vicious for what it was - an absolutely dizzying romp! If I could compare it to anythi ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't remember how I was tipped off to David Schickler. Maybe I'd read a story of his in a magazine. At any rate, the reviews for this novel weren't great so I worried that I should have got his short stories first, but I really enjoyed it. It reads like modern noir with a quirky twist... like a Quentin Tarantino (when he made good films [film?]) collaboration with Wes Anderson (when he made good films, haha).

The only criticism, which I'm not sure is a criticism, is there are certain plot ele
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I think the beginning part focusing on the male main character was really good, and then it changed to the woman main character as a girl, and it started to change the whole feel of the book.... Though there were some parts I liked about it... but I was set on the book being focused on the first main character introduced and the story from his perspective. The background informative story of the men the main male character deals with on a regular basis, added to the depth of the story in a way t ...more
Nov 13, 2010 added it
alcuni libri iniziano a metà, altri a metà non reggono un ottimo inizio.
ed è un peccato perché dolci e viziosi era proprio partito bene, molto fisico, molto concreto, tangibile. ma poi va in vacca o per la fretta di concludere o perché anche il sistema solare, si sa, è un universo finito. e dai diamanti non nasce niente, eccosìvvia.
insomma si poteva fare di più.
(si salva l’edizione della collana “i coralli” di cui mi piace molto la porosità della copertina e il taglio del carattere di stampa. pe
I didn't know what shelf to put this on. It almost fits in the fluff category. S. returns again to jewelry, or more specifically the stones, as a pivotal "character" for the action. His books almost feel like fairy tales for adults. It's what extraordinary people would do in normal circumstances, for good and for bad.

I think like most readers, "Kissing in Manhattan" was soooo good, so engrossing that it overshadows this a bit. As a book from any other author it would be an achievement, but I thi
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a poorly written tale with a cast of characters that includes incompetent gangster wannabes, immoral evangelists, and a handful of socially and morally misguided others who are largely forgettable, and the ending leaves you wondering why you even bothered picking up the book in the first place. The best thing about this book is the cover art. I'll be tossing my copy into a recycling bin -- it's not even worth giving away. So disappointed.
Lois Bouchard
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was blown away by this book. His use of the language, his vivid characters, his taste for the absurd made the book fun and startling. I listened to this one on cd. I really enjoyed it. It was incredibly funny in parts and tragically sad in other parts. It was a book that couldn't be real in any way, but I so much wanted it to be real. I guess everything in it, characters, settings and plot were larger than life. Isn't that what we want when we read fiction?
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Quirky characters and a fateful plot. This book was well organized and not a letter or phrase was wasted. A short book, but the character arcs and plot points were well placed, well paced, and significant. Concise and engaging.

Although I'm not sure the author truly knew its Midwestern setting, it didn't seem out of place. I think its setting contributed to the audience's relating to the characters.

Good stuff.
Liam Green
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Schickler is an amazing writer language-wise. That's indisputable. He's not naturally a crime writer and therefore stumbles a bit with the storytelling aspects of the genre, but the middle and ending of this pulp experiment make up for a shaky beginning.

TW for some pretty ugly sexual assault scenes.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it
I loved David Schickler's first book Kissing in Manhattan. This book is very different in style and format but enjoyable. It took me several starts before I truly got down to reading this book, as it took awhile to get into the flow. This book is written almost like and adult fairy tale and the ending is as predictable as the next chapter but the writing style keeps you going.
Brian Sobolak
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicago, delightful
There were parts about this book that really frustrated me -- it felt to short? -- but I pretty much read the whole thing on a bender of reading over 2 days. It was, sweet and vicious, and the magical imagery he conjures in my neck of the woods was fabulous.
John Newman
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Sweet and Vicious was a quick and entertaining read. It has a Quintin Tarantino feel to it. Fast paced with over the top characters and lots of graphic violence. It's a story where the good guys are really bad guys, just not as bad as the bad guys.
Nov 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005, own
Sophomore book so one would think it better than the first -- but I found this one more uneven and though it was still good reading, it's definitely not my favorite of his. To prove the point I recall little of it while the first is etched in memory and calls to be reread.
Luis Maggi
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Definitivamente mantiene la escencia de Kissing in Manhattan, caracteres fuera de lo comun pero a la vez mas reales que cualquier novela y una trama que te mantiene a la expectativa
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I first taste in a long time of modern literature; to me this was not a bad read but definitely one to be read thoughtfully and with a open mind to motifs.
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it
A weird mix of a believable tale with interesting characters and the script of a odd B-Movie. It was a quick read, some surprising moments.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Bonnie and Clyde but edgier. Much edgier.
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
A tasty slice of midwestern lovers-on-the-run romance. Reminds me of Denis Johnson's "Angels" (though I read THAT so long ago I could be way off base with that impression) and Bonnie and Clyde.
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
August 2010.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
It read like a predictable action-love story movie script.
While I loved Kissing in Manhattan, this one here is a disappointment.
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David Schickler (born July 30, 1969 in Rochester, New York) is an American author and screenwriter. He is the co-creator and an executive producer of the new Cinemax television series Banshee, premiering in 2013.

David Schickler is a graduate of the Columbia M.F.A. program. He lives in New York. His stories have appeared in "The New Yorker," "Tin House" and "Zoetrope." "From the Hardcover edition."
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