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Half Empty Paperback – December 12, 2004

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"A splendid trip into the modern psychosis of the New York City male." -- Ken Wohlrob, Bully Magazine

"[A] sexy and funny book that reflects the lives of normal people and also gives us something back. Highly recommended." -- Noah Cicero, Fifteen Project, January 16, 2005

About the Author

Tim Hall started writing in the mid-90s for the underground newspaper The New York Hangover, which counted among its fans such diverse personalities as Lewis Lapham of Harper's magazine and Joey Ramone. Over the past 10 years he's written for a number of other publications, including New York's Press, Post, and Observer newspapers. He lives in beautiful Jersey City, NJ.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Undie Press (December 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976346001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976346005
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,600,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Hall is the author of two novels (Half Empty and Full Of It), a collection of stories (Triumph Of The Won't) and a book-length essay (How America Died) which is being offered exclusively through TimHallBooks. His work has been reviewed favorably in Time Out Chicago, dComp, Go Metric, and Sheridan Sun. In June 2009 he began Uplift The Positivicals, a freeform text column for online comics site Act-i-vate. He is also a member of the editorial board of OutsiderWriters, where he serves as Naked Opinion editor. A native of New York City, he now lives in a small town on the outer fringes of Chicagoland. When not working on his organic garden or dreaming of warmer climates he travels to a number of small press and author fairs throughout the year, and hopes to see you there.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cashion on February 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
A thoroughly compelling first novel. Well drawn characters and a believable plotline with unexpected bends in the road. Like eavesdropping on the personal conversations of three busted denizens of New York City. Well done. Deserves to be widely read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Half Empty is not the sort of book that offers easy solutions or neat and tidy endings. The characters are flawed, sometimes self-destructive human beings. They do things that you know are wrong, that they know are wrong, but they do them anyway.

There are no heroes in white hats or cookie cutter archetype characters. Even Denis, the main character, has moments where he is really an unlikeable person. Having been sober for 30 days he now has to deal with the result of his drinking: the rest of his life. His stuggle to find love, not strangle his boss, and somehow still have something like a social life when all his friends continue to drink is well written in a sparse, almost spartan style that doesn't hide the ugliness and struggle behind flowery words or rationalizations.

Physically, my copy of the book was actually a cut above those issued by larger publishers with a good tight binding and crisp printing on good quality paper.

There is some rather explicit sexual content so Half Empty is probably not a good book for the children, but other than that I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys good literature.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen Moulding on March 2, 2005
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Half Empty is not only an engrossing read --compelling plot, witty voice, believable characters, in a vivid urban setting-- but it's an important novel. So much literature has either romanticized drunks and addicts as "hip" heroes, or demonized them as evil villains. At last, with Half Empty we get a novel that portrays the nitty gritty and hardships of maintaining early sobriety in a world that clings stubbornly to its myths and ignorance about addiction. More than that, this is a novel about resistance to change, about a struggle for human transformation just when it's needed most.
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