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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Outside Reading; English Language edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097188014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971880146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rich Shapero is a writer and musician whose multimedia storytelling projects pioneer unseen worlds. At the heart of his stories are vast wildernesses, populated by mercurial private gods who promise deliverance to truer, more profound states of being. But transcendence demands sacrifice, and the paths of his protagonists are fraught with danger, dread and violence. Combining lucid prose with entrancing music, Rich conjures immersive visionary landscapes and characters who struggle to achieve summits of personal fulfillment.

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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Guy on Internet on October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got to page 41 before I realized that I could better serve my time by watching ice melt. I noticed a few things while reading: For one, the author loves his trees/plants. You'll spend a lot of time reading about how trees look; description doesn't particularly bother me in books (I like Herman Melville and Hemingway) but the author includes description with the grace of a limping duck-billed platypus. Most of his sentences would be translated as, "The kids were doing something AND THE TREES WERE THERE AND THEY WERE IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING."

The grammar is iffy on a regular basis. The author doesn't have any egregious errors (he seems to be hip with the whole noun/verb stuff) but his commas are suspect, and sentences are often written awkwardly.

I suppose to summarize, the content (actual plot) of the book was eh-whatever, but I was unable to continue because the writing style was pure dreck.

I'll give it this: the cover is very cool. Kudos, cover-guy.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on September 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was being desperately handed out by a group of actors (in costume) outside of my office. I watched from my window as they chased people around trying to give away the books before one of them eventually tipped the box upside down and the actors darted off down the street. I feel like that alone should have alerted me to the caliber of the read, but I still decided to waste my time with it anyway.
Never have I been so dissatisfied with something that was GIVEN to me. If your looking for quality prose, character development, plot, or even grammar then you've come to the wrong place. I was able to choke down about 40 miserable pages before deciding that i'd have to be heavily compensated to even finish the next chapter. A deep feeling of depression accompanied my reading of the book as I realized that literally anything would work as a better use of my time than this text.
If you feel like getting drenched in this author's egotistical excrement then prepare yourself for page after page packed with useless descriptions of shrubbery, poorly imagined characters, and an utterly miserable re-hashed plot.
In the post-read rage this book induced, I researched the author hoping that this was some form of practical joke, only to find out that it was worse than I could have possibly imagined. The author is a venture capitalist who couldn't get published anywhere so he created his own publishing company so that someone would print his book. Then when the book wouldn't sell, he turned to his check book once more and launched a multi-million dollar marketing campaign in order to promote his book and hand out hundreds of thousands of free copies to anyone un-lucky enough to take one.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ChemGuRu on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is probably more geared for the 9-13 year old crowd (although I don't think this was the author's intention). The descriptions of the scenery and people were flowery and poetic and nice at first, but grew tiresome and after about 50 pages of that with little plot development and a sophomoric feel I put the book down. The characters didn't seem real to me either. I don't think the author actually remembers being 6 years old (understandable since he is an order of magnitude older)or knows any kids because no 6 year old on earth would ever act so romantic and become so enamored. Six year olds are silly and fickle and boys and girls think each other have cooties. I tried to imagine the characters were more like 13 years old so that their behavior would make sense, but then they would say something a stupid 6 year old would say and it would ruin it. But in the long run the plot wasn't interesting enough to deal with any of that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ron Terborg on June 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Too Far" is a perfect title for this piece of flotsam. The literary community would be best served by Mr. Shapero having his misguided fingers shot full of lidocain in a last gasp effort to numb the pain he has inflicted on those unfortunate readers who were beneficiary to this most recent free book. Please ... please ... do the world a favor. Find a new hobby. Away from the keyboard. One that requires even less thought. Where incomplete sentences are tolerated. Take your darn plants with you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Random Objects on May 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
OK, here's the real story. This guy Rich Shapiro has a unique vision, at least in his own head, and he will stop at nothing to shove it in the world's face.

The world is full of terrible authors and musicians who want to be heard. The difference here is that Mr. Shapiro is independently wealthy and relatively "down" with the facade of marketing. His books, media and iPad apps are beautifully produced, as if money were no object. Even if a single person were to actually buy one of these books, this would be a massive money losing proposition. That's the thing. Despite the hundreds of thousands of copies of this works littering the shelves of thrift stores across the country, I don't think anyone has every actually voluntarily paid money for one of these things, except for the wayward book scouters who have noticed their flash brand new covers and listed them here used on Amazon. Shapiro hires an army of college students to hand out these books for free. His website is full of rather amusing videos of lovely college coeds trying not to giggle as they pretend to be engrossed in his multimedia experience.

Here's the thing. I get what he's trying to do. He saw some amazing stuff on some amazing Acid trips, and he wants to share it with the world. His books shift through various states of consciousness. That's nice, but you need to be a way better writer and musician to pull this off. This is the problem with having money. People will always show up to tell you that your are a genius. There is no feedback loop.

Here's my suggestion. Go out and find other authors and musicians who need to be heard, and promote their work.

I will say "Too Far" is ever so slighly less cringeworthy than Wild Animus: A Novel
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