The list author says: "I'm starting out the year, inspired by the last book I finished in 2008, Nick Hornby's Shakespeare Wrote For Money, to choose more entertaining books instead of Literature that, while groundbreaking and incredibly well written, proves to be incredibly boring. We'll see how it goes. Like most readers, I get on different kicks."
"One of my favorite anecdotes about Sid Vicious is from "Please Kill Me," where he's singing Jim Reeves' songs, drunk in a stairwell. Punk and roots music aren't that far removed, and the Sex Pistols on paper should have been huge in the south, populated by their supposed target audience- poor, angry people who love music at a gut level, but they were just too alien for most good 'ol boys."
"Balancing out the lame, name dropping "card carrying member of the Chelsea" aspect of his life with the behind the scenes kitchen, truly insightful cooking tips, the latter aspect wins out to make this an enjoyable read. Plus, like most professional chefs, especially ones who start at a very young age, he probably never developed the social skills to avoid being a d-bag."
"This is by far the best Jim Thompson novel I have read to date, having previously read "Texas by the Tail," and "The Transgressors." Where those books had their moments, they also contained some boringness. This book however is just straight through great crime fiction."
"Not knowing all the allusions made in this (until I read the appendix after), I still enjoyed this in the way a kid might enjoy a movie. After reading the appendix, I get the feeling I'll enjoy it in the way a parent does, getting all the sly jokes that are just above a child's level."