- 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 (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,361,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Too Far Paperback – 2010
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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.
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
After reading the book and a number of those poor reviews, I think I have an explanation. I notice that an awful lot of those reviewers state that they had been given a copy of the book for free on their college campus. Now, I don't know Shapero and I'm hypothesizing, but this seems to have been one of Shapero's marketing techniques.
I can see why he might have gone that route. This is a book that speaks in symbolism and says a lot with what isn't said. And I can follow the logic that a bunch of university students, still immersed in deconstructing the classics and, I don't know, reciting Byronic verse or something might be a good audience for this type of literature. However, it ignores the fact that college campuses are also full of 22-year-old Engineering students, and football scholarship recipients, and any number of students that don't fulfill the description of literati.
I mention all of this because, though I didn't find myself a fan of the book, I think some of the poor reviews can be taken with a grain of salt as having been solicited from the wrong audience. (Not that that makes them less than legitimate, but the overwhelming number of poor reviews could stem from the book only making it into the hands of people who weren't likely to enjoy it.)
Now, why didn't I (a literati at heart) enjoy the book? Because I thought it was overwritten and indulgent on the author's part. As I mentioned, it's all symbolic. The children create a world of their own to deal with the troubles in their lives and much of it mimics those same troubles.Read more ›
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Too Far is one of those books that I really don't know what to make of. Was it bad? Not necessarily--I wanted to know what would happen next, and the bizarre nature of the book... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sara V.
Right at the beginning the writing is quite pretentious. The way children's thoughts and feelings are presented in this book are unreal and overly dramatized. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Arastoo Darakhshan
I actually really, really enjoyed this book until the last two pages. The ending is so lackluster and unfulfilling, INCOMING SPOILER - basically, "They move away from each... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alice
I was camping in the woods and really needed something to keep my fire going. I threw in this book and voila, that fire really raged. Read more
If I had to describe this book in one word? Trite.
It reads like it was written by a 16-year-old currently having huge epiphanies about the "real meaning of... Read more
I agree that if you haven't read the entire book, don't write a review. I borrowed this book from a friend a while back and loved it so much that I want to buy myself a copy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Emily
The children are six years old, attempting to have sex, eating pot laced brownies. I threw this book out my car window mid paragraph. Disturbing.Published 22 months ago by tbm
As this boy explores th ewilds beyond his back yard, the vivid verbal images help you remember the imagination you had when you were six.Published 23 months ago by Lorraine Wendell
Read Bridge to Tarabithia it's 120 times better! Hands down worst book I've ever read! I'd have never finished it had it not been the book we were reading for book club.Published 23 months ago by Celeigh