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Hyena Paperback – September 23, 2014
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“Angelini’s book is like a mix of Charles Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson, chronicling a whirlwind of belligerent wild tribulations all his own…You won’t be able to put it down, and you will come out understanding and understood.” (Mariah Summers BuzzFeed Books)
About the Author
Jude Angelini was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. He got his start as a guest and comic on The Jenny Jones Show and now hosts his own show, The All Out Show, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He loves reading Elmore Leonard, science fiction, and medieval fantasy, as well as antiquing and playing a good game of backgammon. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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You can watch some of Rude Jude's interviews on youtube, those are pretty funny as well. The dude has character.
The biggest flaw with the book is that the stories get repetitive after awhile. If they aren't about him doing drugs and/or having sex, they're about his family or his longing for the One That Got (Thrown?) Away. Each piece is beautifully written and achingly sincere, but the themes blur into one long, monotone landscape after awhile. The force of his honesty starts to lose its edge when you read about the same basic confessions over and over. He has a knack for analyzing his mistakes and self without coming across as preachy or self-pitying, which is amazing actually and keeps the tales moving without ever growing too stale, but in retrospect it feels like some of the pieces could've been eliminated or joined together to avoid blunting their energy with repetition.
Minor quibbles for what is one of the best story collections I've read in a long time. Beware: these tales are about as X-rated as they get without crossing over into full-out smut.
In his follow up Hummingbird, he continues with that raw emotional appeal, maybe even on a deeper level. His gut wrenching, but often humorous struggles with love and life, give us a glimpse into the mind of a man who struggles with self acceptance, yet continues to strive for more.
The book touches on themes of substance abuse, sex, relationships, breakups, but twists them into humorous short stories that are palatable, heart wrenching, and hilarious.
If you're going to read this book, follow up with Hummingbird. Jude's writing style reminds me of a more vulgar Frank McCourt. His ability to connect to the reader using writing that is not full of flowery words, but rather fraught with meaning despite that, is uncanny. Neither book is a disappointment, but rather can't be put down. I read Hummingbird in one day and Hyena in 2 days. Believe the hype.
I heard Jude's distinctive voice throughout the book, which made it much more vivid. After reading the book, and knowing what he has going on in outside activities, my desire for the All Out Show to go to a 90% talk format is a pipe dream. Jude is off to bigger and better stuff, as long as he allows it without blowing up his spot. I do think this is where Jude stands above some of his peers, he has a desire to move forward, and doesn't seem afraid of success.
Back to the book... if you enjoy raunchy humor, vivid storytelling and cringe inducing situations, you're doing yourself a disservice if you haven't read this book.
And Jude, whenever you're back in MI, come up to Flinttown and we'll tear up LLT & Cloud Nine.
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I'd definitely encourage others to read this.