Kelly Lynn Thomas's Reviews > War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones

War is Boring by David Axe
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Oct 09, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: comics, memoir-and-biography
Read in October, 2011

This book was too short--it did a lot of telling ("war is boring") and not very much showing. And what we did see wasn't how boring war is. We got to see the explosions and firefights. And while Axe is trying to get at something deep in this book, he really falls short and winds up coming off as a total self-absorbed asshole who thinks he's so special because he makes his living by being a spectator to human suffering of the worst kind. There are some illuminating moments, though, and it's a quick read. I just think that the things he's exploring and trying to say can't be said in such a small space.

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