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Eating Smoke by Chris Thrall
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Dec 05, 2011

really liked it
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Read from December 05 to 10, 2011

What a fabulous read. This book definitely leads you into the descent into drug psychosis as you watch helplessly as Chris Thrall spirals out of control and is seemingly unaware of his ability to grasp reality. It all starts swimmingly for Chris Thrall who is forever optimistic when he heads to Hong Kong to become wealthy off a business venture only a young and naive individual would think would be successful. When this unsurprisingly fails, Chris (or Quiss as his Chinese or Filipino friends refer to him) finds a job that hires basically anyone as long as they are white. You are introduced to strange characters in this job from schizophrenic Neil to his outrageous boss. Things take a turn for the worse or in Chris's eyes for the best when he is introduced to crystal meth (ice). He begins to make numerous social faux pas and starts rapidly losing job after job. It almost appears that he is completely clueless to the reason that is and due to his increasing paranoia that ensues from his using, he blames all of his problems on imaginary conspiracies against him by the Chinese. The reader will sometimes wonder how real ANY of it all is because Chris is rarely if ever sober so what he thinks happened in a conversation; most likely didn't. Good read. As he described himself in the book, he is the perfect character for the "Just Say No."
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Reading Progress

12/05/2011 page 60
14.0% "So far so good."
12/09/2011 page 236
56.0% "So far one of the most captivating autobiographies I have ever read."

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