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I'm not sure if I'm a genius for my believing that I have 10 better unedited short story drafts in word documents better than this horrid scattered "story" about nothing Or if I'm learning disabled for thinking this way about an award winning book that reviews call "a masterpiece". Can somebody help me figure out which one I'm closer to?

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Donovan Your comment falls into the "I can do that and better" category. As it sounds like you're an aspiring writer, you probably shouldn't shout about that until you can prove it.
Brock Then print those out, put a bow on them, and send them to your editor.
Scrim Door It's certainly possible that each of your unedited short story drafts is superior to "Train Dreams". However, given that you described it as a "horrid scattered 'story' about nothing" it is particularly unlikely for that to actually be the case.
Graeme Pearce train dreams is genius! the passing of old myths and their replacements by the new myths! geez it says more about the human condition than any other novel i have read! look carefully on each chapter. figure how his daughter comes to him as a child running with wolves. figure why the last chapter is not the chronological final. man is mythopaeic we are always creating a changing myth to suit the culture we inherit. each chapter deals with a different aspect of our myths.
you're learning disabled for sure!
J. McMahon I would suggest you read the book, I'm pretty sure you haven't. Or if you have get your well thumbed copy of Jack Reacher out and settle in, cause that's all you're ready for.
Robert McTague Indeed--I'm not sure if you're a genius either. Maybe, just maybe, there's more to the story than you're perceiving...or Denis Johnson's just a REALLY good charlatan who hoodwinked lots of people, editors and publishing houses alike. Hmmmm...
Brendan I'm not rushing to recommend it to anybody. There are plenty of worse books out there, though.
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