To anyone who is a fan and enjoyed this book I am sorry to be so harsh and critical but I have to be true and honest about my feelings. It was written in , and I generally read books that are written more recently because we are having such a rapid change in consciousness that older books do not quite hit the mark for me any more.
The title of this book hooked me as funny and compelling and creative. Lee Goldberg also writes for television. So, I went into this book with the likely probability of enjoying Lee Goldberg's writing and I did. Goldberg wrote compelling characters, ones that I rooted for and convincing villains that I disdained. The plot was make-believe in parts and convincing in enough other parts to keep me turning the page. With Lee Goldberg's history in the TV industry, maybe the parts that stretched the imagination, such as a cop getting a TV series to hush a bankable star's violent crime, are not far-fetched, I don't know, however, I doubt it.
The far-fetched parts were written in good fun it seemed, and I enjoyed them in that same vein. Enough suspense kept the plot moving and me interested in the outcome. It was interesting to read about behind the scenes behaviors on TV shows. I was also hooked by the pieces where Charlie stretches into the capacity of his TV character, like rising to his own potential. I enjoy reading about that kind of personal growth.
It was a light-hearted read and I would have enjoyed a series about this fellow Charlie Willis. Jul 13, Beth rated it did not like it Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. But when chapter 20 finished with Boo Boo dragging off Boyd "for a night of endless passion, doggie style," I'd most certainly had enough.
I wanted to like this book. Goldberg can certainly write. He provides details and has inside knowledge of the movie business that could be fascinating if not for the story line itself, which was really, really bad. Perhaps Goldberg prophesied my review of his own book: And if viewers can't suspend their disbelief, they can't enjoy the show and will tear apart the entire story, if they bother to continue watching at all. I tried to ignore the rude and crude sex, which I just don't think is necessary in a well-written story. I tried to ignore the errors, like calling Canyon Country "a scourging wasteland northeast of Los Angeles that was so inhospitable it could double for the untamed West and the surface of Mars" a description much more suitable to Lake Los Angeles, Littlerock, Adelanto, even Palmdale - a number of more desolate communities that do serve as filming locations than to thriving, busy, and well-populated Canyon Country, at least in the last twenty years.
I tried to ignore the ridiculousness of it all.
But in the end, trying to suspend my disbelief any further is simply exhausting. Jun 13, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. Usually, I hate Hollywood-type stories, so I started this book thinking it would be another book I'd delete from my ereader after I read. The beginning few pages didn't change my initial impressions because it seemed sort of a rambling prose and it jumped from character to character and we didn't know how all those people connected. Somewhere soon after, I realized I was hooked. The humor, the sarcasm, the satire, the incredulity - all of those things I was surprised by how much I liked this book.
The humor, the sarcasm, the satire, the incredulity - all of those things kept me turning pages and laughing the entire day which was all it took to finish reading.
The datedness of My Gun Has Bullets didn't bother me. The action is so non-stop, I didn't have much time to think about how much the internet and social media have changed Hollywood Yes, many of the plot points were ridiculous. However, it is supposed to be satire. Therefore, I didn't have any problems with suspension of belief. The ridiculous plot points were just crazy enough to make fun of Hollywood while still making you wonder if Hollywood would actually stoop to that level of crazy. I finished last year's taxes on October So, I was looking for something light, brain-dead and funny.
Several reviews referred to this book's frequent laugh-out-loud passages. So, I tried it. It is a spoof of the production business for network television series -- think The Player only with absolutely no respect. I was a little afraid, at first, that it might be necessary to have a mind that found network television amusing to really appreciate the book's humor -- and it wouldn't hurt.
Nonet I finished last year's taxes on October Nonetheless, it was light, brain-dead and genuinely funny -- at least in places.
Somewhere soon after, I realized I was hooked. The humor, the sarcasm, the satire, the incredulity - all of those things kept me turning pages and laughing the entire day which was all it took to finish reading. The datedness of My Gun Has Bullets didn't bother me. The action is so non-stop, I didn't have much time to think about how much the internet and social media have changed Hollywood Yes, many of the plot points were ridiculous. However, it is supposed to be satire.
Therefore, I didn't have any problems with suspension of belief. The ridiculous plot points were just crazy enough to make fun of Hollywood while still making you wonder if Hollywood would actually stoop to that level of crazy. Really enjoyed this book, and looking forward to reading the second one in the series. I had picked these two books up to read later - but then I got stuck sitting for more than two hours with my car in the shop.
The story might be a bit dated for some people - what with the names of older television stars, and parodies of past television shows. Being in my 50's, I'm probably the right age to appreciate this novel. Hopefully the second book is as good that this one. The Kindle book does have some typographical error - for instance, there were a few times when the word 'fun' was used when 'full' should have been - and a few more issues like that, but nothing major.
One person found this helpful. Take the plotting of Ross Thomas, the characters of Donald Westlake, the dialogue and settings of Dan Jenkins and the reality and grittiness of Thomas Perry, add a soupcon of Harold Robbins, and, properly mixed and baked, you have a Lee Goldberg thriller. I haven't read all of his work, but I think I will. Years ago I read somewhere that people tend not to laugh aloud when they are reading, even if they are amused. Goldberg has quite a catalog. I expect to be amused for quite a while. Can't describe how good this book was. This book was as good as any; exciting, fast-paced and funny.
It was a real surprise. Now got to read his other books. He is definitely one of my favorite authors now. I gave this outrageous satire four stars because it made me laugh.
Hollywood insanity was threaded throughout the storyline. It read like a sitcom. Lee is the funniest writer today, period. Rarely do I read books that I have to put down because I am laughing so hard, but so it is with Lee Goldberg. They are even funnier, but with Lee, you can't go wrong!
I enjoyed this book enormously. I worked it in between some pretty heavy reading and it was a tonic. Wicked satire and outrageous slapstick. The 2 bumbling and psychotic stunt men dreaming of starring in their own TV show are brilliantly drawn and deftly deployed. The topical TV references are dated now but still effective. The plot chugs smoothly along in the midst of all the madness and mayhem and the hero and heroine are totally likeable - worth rooting for. All in all My Gun Has Bullets is a refreshingly amusing mystery and well worth your time.
I'm surprised this book is so polarizing, because, on the balance, it's really quite an enjoyable story, with laugh-out-loud scenes often enough to keep your reading.
Yes, some plot points are larger than life, but it's that kind of story--an exaggeration of the genre, much like the Hollywood of the setting is larger and louder than life in every way. I raced through it, and enjoyed it the whole way, even when things got outlandish.
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