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Born and raised in Las Vegas, Andrew Kiraly has sung in a legendary punk band, produced records by hopelessly obscure acts and penned his share of scathing rock criticism for plenty of alt-weeklies. He is a writer and editor whose fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including titles by Manic D Press and University of Nevada Press.
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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CityLife Books (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193504348X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935043485
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,874,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in Las Vegas, Andrew Kiraly has sung in a renowned punk band, produced records by hopelessly obscure acts and penned his share of scathing rock criticism for plenty of alt-weeklies. He is a writer and editor whose fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including titles by Manic D Press and University of Nevada Press. His humor has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Big Jewel, Yankee Pot Roast and more. He also has an MFA in fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a collection of 7-inches he wouldn't give up for all the mp3s in the world.

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Take the acrid wit and unsentimental poignancy of Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity," add the (slightly leavened) existential descent into oblivion of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," sprinkle in a pinch of the loss-of-innocence angst of Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad," and whisk in a whole lot of Lester Bangs. The result? "Crit." But make no mistake: Andrew Kiraly's debut novel isn't a distillation of the work of other authors -- his voice is distinctly his own. The book pulses with humor that ranges from high brow to no brow, with the smartest, sharpest dialogue this side of Mamet and Sorkin, and even as he mercilessly skewers pop culture and the (mostly) disgraced craft of music criticism, Kiraly finds the humanity in his splenetic-yet-sympathetic narrator, Gabe Sack, aka Le Connoisseur. As Gabe stumbles around L.A., Las Vegas and life in general, he lurches toward hard-earned, black-eyed enlightenment, somehow achieving a kind of lovelorn dignity as he comes to terms with the cowardice of cynicism. We should all be so fortunate.
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By Brian Rouff on September 24, 2011
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Andrew Kiraly has a way with words (not a bad trait for a writer). His pyrotechnic wordplay is on full display in "Crit," the story of a rock critic so burnt out that he writes scathing reviews without actually listening to a note of music. This book is flat out fun, from the outrageous band names to the dialogue that's a lot like real life only wittier. Every three or four pages, I had to stop to laugh or sometimes just to ask myself, "How did he come up with that phrase?" My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that the razzle-dazzle sometimes becomes too much of a good thing, like that third Krispy Kreme donut. Fortunately, about halfway through the book, something unexpected happens. We start to care about the characters. The technique is still there, but now it takes a back seat to the humanity. At that point, "Crit" delivers substance along with the style, making it a satisfying road trip indeed.
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A typical "weekend in Vegas" story is an impossible bad dream written by somebody who parachuted in with the publisher's credit card for a week of fun disguised, badly, as research. Rather the opposite is Andrew Kiraly's first novel, a dead-on satire of the twisted Las Vegas lounge scene and the oddballs who patronize it and cover it for industry and alternative media. It's written by a longtime resident and entertainment expert, but DISGUISED as a first-person account from one more parachutist. The characters who blunder through this dark world are utterly believable escapees from the LA rock scene. However improbable, every over-the-top situation actually could happen in Las Vegas and probably has. It's not only amusing but affirmative, one of its points being that no matter how weird and warped are some aspects of Las Vegas, somebody needs it to be just so!
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There is plenty to like in this book. [Kiraly] develops characters that are interesting, even if the reader cannot actually like them as individuals for most of the story. He sets the scene in Los Angeles and Las Vegas nicely, too, even if the reader does not actually want to be a part of the scenes he creates. Overall, it is a nice commentary on our culture as well, a culture that is full of anonymous and pithy assassinations in comment sections and blogs, perhaps suggesting that those who are quick to destroy the work of others might actually be merely looking for another way to avoid any sort of sincere self-assessment.

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