A twistedly sexy, dark, crime drama with a hint of romance... a flamboyant serial killer, and a controlling serial rapist are responsible for the centA twistedly sexy, dark, crime drama with a hint of romance... a flamboyant serial killer, and a controlling serial rapist are responsible for the central conflicts within this world, and a beautiful female detective Christine is their antagonist. Dwayne manages to make rape sexy and justify the behavior of these beautifully damaged characters. Although I wouldn't neccessarily classify Tim as a narcissist I would classify him as being incredibly disturbed, and perhaps prior to meeting Christine he was a narcissist, bordering on antisocial, through his relationship with Christine he becomes too emotionally connected to qualify for either diagnosis. A man in the middle of an identity crisis who is rediscovering parts of himself as he attempts to let go of the past and who he knows himself to be inorder to follow his heart and open himself up to this woman who challenges all of his impulses. Is it love or obsession that drives people? Are we willing to let go of our fear in pursuit of joy?...more
OK, so I am picky and I tend to rate things lower than most I think. This book is servicable, yes I made up a word or at least the spelling. The problOK, so I am picky and I tend to rate things lower than most I think. This book is servicable, yes I made up a word or at least the spelling. The problem with this book for me is that while it may have all new zombie action, it still reads like Pride and Prejudice. If you love Jane Austin and you love zombies and if Brit lit makes you happy in pants, then you should definitely read this book. But if you hate Jane Austin and you are tolerant of zombies then go ahead and walk right on past this book to something else, don't waste your time, the joke doesn't really play for 320 pages. It is however frightening how well the zombie theme fit into the book, and if you just want to read it for zombie action I would say jump in around page 100, it gets far more zombish and less Austiney as you get farther into the book....more
This book is terrible, unless you are looking to learn completely random and assinine information about California, pre-ww2, and ww2 era.
If Kevin StarThis book is terrible, unless you are looking to learn completely random and assinine information about California, pre-ww2, and ww2 era.
If Kevin Starr perhaps read less like and ADHD kid given 400 pages to ramble on in, it would be more emjoyable.
For someone who is supposedly the State Librarian and a professor at USC, you think he would be more organized, truthful and succinct. Unfortunately the lack of editing and the blatent misrepresentations of history strewn about present as fact only to be revealed 30 pages later as a fabrication of Starr's imagination is not only ridiculous but infuriating.
Perhaps if this was not a requirement for my English class, and I was not on deadlines I would have a greater appreciation for this work, but given the circumstances surrounding my exposure to his writing all I can say is he is redundant, ridiculous and ranting.
For one chapter he rambled on for over 30 pages about the same topic where as the one simple sentence would have sufficed.
People in California leading up to World War 2, were escapist in their art, cinema, and nature.
That's it, I don't need to know about ice skating, or beer drinking, or wine, or skiing, it is all just example after example of the same illiteration, selfish and escapist activity.
The chapter the shelling of Santa Barbara sets up a hypothetical situation as fact, and then reveals 20 pages later that it was all a fabrication.
Unless you enjoy mundane facts like what local beer brands were drunk during 1939, you can skip this one....more
as a play its kind of brilliant, it's meaty and disjointed and wierd, but i love that and no one writes for girls who eat, and its a story that goes fas a play its kind of brilliant, it's meaty and disjointed and wierd, but i love that and no one writes for girls who eat, and its a story that goes from exciting and hopeful to absolutely devastating in one scene... if played right....more