It concerns thirty or so characters and their connection, be they obvious or subtle, to an Asian woman who dies while stowing away on an international flight. Walker can write up a storm. Here's a synopsis: Boomtown is the third novel from Whitbread-, British Book Awards- and Perrier-nominated writer Nick Walker. If you like off-beat, slightly transgressive fiction then check this one out. This book is a lot like that.
In fact, it was so popular over there that author Nick Walker was drafted to teach one of their online classes. Authors are constantly striving to be 'original' these days, and for the most part, this doesn't work. Alas, my ecstatic use of punctuation was premature. So when LitReactor started up, I decided to reach out to Nick again, much like I did with. The characterization here is subtle but strong, and has more than a little bit of wit. His characters are brilliant, his dialogue sparkles.
I let a year go by and followed up again. This book is a lot like that. He is the author of 'Kanye West—Reanimator. Which is a shame because it is such a good and imaginative book. In America and Britain and the sky in between, an apparently disparate group of people is connected, whether intimate Cross a road, take a train, or get on an airplane and you put your life in the hands of a stranger -- every bit as screwed up, every bit as fallible and as human as you are.
I was disappointed in the lack of excitement over Boomtown, considering I know quite a few of you loved Blackbox. A radio talk show host who vows revenge on a caller who called her a whore. Blackbox is one of the best books I've read all year. Then the person turns out not to be a stranger at all, and suddenly it's much worse. The ending doesn't live up to the set-up, but it's a good holiday read. Does this mean there's a chance we might still see Boomtown next year? But i still can't bring myself to dislike it. Could this be what the Mayans were predicting? The characters include: A stewardess who helps the Asian woman board the plane I liked this book a lot.
This book has been a long time publishing. As the action veers across countries and time zones, the stowaway's real identity is revealed through stolen black box recordings, answering machine messages, sitcom outtakes, and court transcripts. Unfortunately, all remnants of said class were lost in The Great Drupal Transfer of the Aughts, and is one of posterity's biggest tragedies. If you haven't read it, I recommend you hoof it down to your local brick and mortar and pick up a copy. A fun, sad, disturbing read. Then the person turns out not to be a stranger at all, and suddenly it's much worse.
I think I might be the only person who has read this so you'll probably be able to find it cheap in a remainder bin. Then the person turns out not to be a stranger at all, and suddenly it's much worse. Headline believes it is very much for the cult market - I think it could be wider' -- Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller 20020927 'Complex narrative works well. I enjoyed this unpredictable and unique read. This was probably around '07. It takes a while to sift through the disparate characters' voices, and even longer to get to the emotional heart of their connection, a dead stowaway but it's worth it. You know how Magnolia had a whole bunch of characters and, as the movie unfolded, you began to notice the ways they were all connected? An actress who commits suicide to protect herself from her father.
Secure your own oxygen mask before helping someone else. An intelligent and invigorating novel with a bizarre menu of dysfunctional characters, Blackbox is the story of an attempt to erase a life on tape. The story is plausible and chilling though a story thread about a blackbox recording inadvertently winding up on side two of a fear of flying self-help tape falls strangely flat--I was intrigued and wanted to kow how such a mix-up could occur. Told in a shifting, circular narrative, the interwoven lives make up a jolting and layered puzzle that builds to a heart-stopping, chilling climax. But never fear, my emotionally sensitive bibliophiles, there is yet still hope; a faint glimmer of light exists at the end of this tunnel of industry sewage. Way back in twenty-aught-cinco, a fellow member introduced me to a little book called Blackbox: A Novel in 840 chapters.
An intelligent and invigorating novel with a bizarre menu of dysfunctional characters, Blackbox is the story of an attempt to erase a life on tape. This is because there are so many characters, and each is sometimes called by their first name, sometimes by their last name, and other times by their occupation. It's six degrees of separation on a grand scale, and keeps you guessing all the way until chapter one. Told in a shifting, circular narrative, the interwoven lives make up a jolting and layered puzzle that builds to a heart-stopping, chilling climax. Until the last 30 pages or so the book is disjointed and doesn't follow any one story for more than a few paragraphs. It took me several pages to figure out who was talking to me and where they fit in the story. Following heart failure on his 30th birthday, we follow the eponymous Richard as he learns to live with this new normal, and work out just how hard he can push his life before his implanted cardioverter defibrillator electrocutes his heart.
A woman who flies to prove that of all of her phobias, fear of flying isn't one of them. The format is strange, setting itself up as a backward countdown from 840 to one, but the reasons for this become clear by the end. The characterization here is subtle but strong, and has more than a little bit of wit. If you're a achiever you're probably already in the know , because Blackbox has something of a cult following. This book comes with that chart already made for you. You know how Magnolia had a whole bunch of characters and, as the movie unfolded, you began to notice the ways they were all connected? So I went directly to the source, as I am wont to do, and shot Nick an email.