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I hate Thomas Trofimuk.
I’m sure this sounds a tad extreme, especially since I’ve never met the man. Mr. Trofimuk could very well be a perfectly charming individual--kind to animals and small children--but I don’t care. I hate him in the small-hearted way that only writers (and perhaps actors) hate another: with a mixture of jealousy and miserable respect, hidden behind giant fake smiles. For the record, I should clarify that I don’t hate all writers, only those who produce books like Waiting for Columbus, which is exactly the worst kind of novel: fantastic, and written by someone other than me.
There are three reasons, specifically, that Columbus causes pain in my soul. First, because I wish I’d written it. Second, because I fear that Trofimuk has stolen all the good words. Third, because he tricked me. You see, normally I dissect novels rather than actually read them; I pull out the story’s entrails and comb through them inch-by-intestinal-inch, because anything I learn, I can steal. But Trofimuk made me forget my larcenous ways, and forced me to rush headlong through his story, reading it simply for pleasure. I’m a writer, goddamn it; I don’t do anything for pleasure!
If you give him the chance, prospective reader, Trofimuk will use his sorcery on you, too. He’ll steal precious hours from your life, which could be used for riding horses or volunteering for charity. He’ll make you ignore your family, and possibly even forget to feed your children. Worst of all, he’ll set you up with all these little details that you think are simply nice touches in the story, but are actually landmines planted in your subconscious, waiting to explode with pathos and beauty when you least expect it.
So go ahead. Let Trofimuk steal your time and explode your head. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. --Andrew Davidson
I would give this novel 4 and a half stars if I new how to do it. Interesting tale of intrigue I was never sure if Christopher was the villain or the hero. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sharlane Jarvis
Once in a while you are completely surprised by a book. That was my case when a friend gave me a copy. If you have read the other reviews you have a basic idea of the story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Longhand
I don't give 5 stars often, but this was well deserved. The writing was excellent and the story was fascinating, subtly humorous, and touching. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by M.E.
Waiting for Columbus is a well thought out and beautifully written novel. It is almost as if there are three separate stories at work here. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven
This book is based on an interesting premise, but I would not say it was well done. There seemed to be holes in the story, and parts of it seemed illogical to me, and other parts... Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Orion
It was often poetic and sometimes beautifully written, but unfortunately as a novel, his characters were strangely uncompelling. Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by K.Vertitas
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I picked it up because I was headed to Spain, but SO didn't see where it was going. Gripping, sad, mysterious, couldn't put it down.Published on August 20, 2012 by Dia Adams, The Deal Mommy
A friend put me on to this book and its not normally the sort of thing that i would read.
I thought it was great, a challenging read, yes but so worth it. Read more
I couldn't get past the illogical and unrealistic portions of this novel and there were other things that just didn't sit well with me. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Barbarino