Saturday, September 18, 2010

5 Selected Goodreads Reviews of Scorch Atlas

"This was maybe the worst book I've read in five years. The author is trying too hard to be unique, but doesn't have the talent to pull it off. Instead the book ends up feeling adolescent, indulgent and clumsily written." - "Kristen" 1 of 5 stars

"A novel featuring all-new scenes, Scorch Atlas is literature." - "Mickey" 5 of 5 stars

"The prose is quite good, and the premise is interesting, but wow is it ever disgusting. Some of the descriptions were so vile that I could barely make it through the book--and it gets more repulsive as the book goes along. I think the author is talented, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone." - "Sarah" 1 of 5 stars

"It's amazing that a book this poorly written could actually get published . . . These stories read like a bad imitation of Samuel Becket. Artsy, self-indulgent, pretentious, and just really, really bad. The kind of stuff I used to read and make fun of in my undergraduate writing workshops. Wish I could give this one less than one star." - "Lee" 1 of 5 stars

"Makes the characters from The Road look like a bunch of pussweeds." - "Andrew" 5 of 5 stars


Tyler Gobble said...

Sarah's rating is a little confusing to me.Praising the book like that and giving it such a harsh rating and zero recommendation seems contradictory. I can sympathize with the difficulties with some of the images, but man, I feel bad that she has let such things that truly help make the writing superb dissuade her from indulging herself and others in this sweet book.

Andrew's review is one that's been popping through my head constantly while I've been reading SA. Very true.

This is a cool post, Blake.


thanks Tyler :)

Anonymous said...

That Andrew guy is my hero.

F*ck the free world, Blake, Scorch Atlas is a damn good read.

Molly Gaudry said...

SA is great and the next and the next and the next will be even better and better and better and isn't this out of character for you anyway, reading/posting about the past when there are future words to think about instead? Hail to the chief, Blake--that's you--and, now, back to the new.

Robert Kloss said...

deer lee. i see your a big fan of "Samuel Becket"? me too! lets hang out and trash writers we don't understand sometime.