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Now even with this somewhat serious subject matter, it's important to know that the book has some humor, and it mostly has to do with Jake's observations on this brave new world he has entered. And the book isn't just about drugs: it's about life, our expectations of ourselves, and our disappointments as we get older and find that things don't always turn out like we planned. I think a lot of 20- and 30-somethings might relate with this.
And I must add, the information on "bud" cultivation is fascinating. Who knew there were two main kinds of marijuana plants? I thought they all made you paranoid....But it will be interesting to watch Colorado, Washington state and the rest of the country deal with the inevitable legalization of pot.
I did not give the book it's 5th star because there are some parts screaming out for a good editor. I particularly thought the introduction was way too long and convoluted. But don't let this deter you: the story is solid, the characters superior, and overall, reading this book was a great experience.
Refreshing. It's like the author knew my craving for a real story that would make me FEEL. A story with substance in that he didn't lose me at descriptions, 'Word Magic' is the only way I can describe it. I found myself actually remembering names of people, and laughing out loud at the main character Jake. Character Development was on point. I never had to go back and reread a section. You really get a sense of each person as Jake views them, and the author never left you wanting more from a character.
I was captivated. It takes place in Colorado after Jake suddenly quits his job to go help a friend, but really, it's his wife that he's missing. Each 'Part' of the book (4 total) almost seems to have a different tone, as you're taken on a ride through the events in Jake's life. All the while an underlying sense of longing coupled with the fact that he's getting older leaves you to almost question your own life. Jake is conscious of everything as it happens around him, and he's coping with it by smoking a ton of pot, and unintentionally getting closer to his friend Reed.
It reads like you're sitting at a bar having a few beers with your new friend Jake, and he's telling you this crazy story that you don't want to end...I would have followed him out back to burn one so that he could tell me more. It's intelligent, intoxicating, dark, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating all at the same time.
If you're even mildly curious, stop reading this and just order the book. I finished it 24 hours, a personal record...because I couldn't put it down! This book grabs you until the end and leaves you wanting the follow-up more than you can imagine.
Round of applause for Joe, I wish you the best of luck with this book! You're style is unmatched from what I've read, and you will always be on my favorite author list...not to mention credited for spiking my interest in Denver. Looking forward to Lament For The Echoes!
Mr. Hnida has created an interesting story around a very belivable cast of characters, all of whom are likable and very well conceived.
This book has so much going for it with contrasts between drama and humor and plenty of action and love interests that I could see a script developing out of this. Something featuring Denver instead of LA. What a concept....