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Great concept but left me wanting. You keep waiting for some clarity, an explanation of exactly what is going on. I don't expect everything to be tied up in a little bow, but this left me feeling disgruntled. Not sure if there is a sequel, but it needs one. It's a mental "coitus interuptus".
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I WAS LOST IN A FORREST OF AHOLES
You've heard, he cusses like a sailor? I grew up with a sailor as a dad, and bad language does not bother me. This is full of swearing, sex innuendoes, gore, humor and losers. The first eleven chapters deal mostly with the punk losers, sort of Beevis and Butthead types. It is full of a lot of sarcastic LOL jokes, often sex related. I was in High School when punk got started and no one I knew understood it. It was a very minor group of people who did not seem to like themselves.
YOU'D HAVE TO DIG A HOLE FOR THIS APARTMENT TO QUALIFY AS A SH@% HOLE
In chapter 12 we start to get a little explanation of what is going on. It makes you hungry to find out more of what is going on. The whole book is not just silliness, there is actually some intelligence behind the writing. Towards the end when we should have been finding out what was going on, the book goes into pyro technics and all meaning is lost. I would have liked to have understood more of what was going on. This seems to be set up for a sequel, but I don't believe I should have to buy another book to find out what I should have in book one.
I will say that this is not same sh@% different toilet, this is a lot different from most of what I have read. The closest I have come to it would be Rant by Chuck P.
Narrator was pretty good.
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great story that im amazed isnt a film yet. well performed and had me buying the next book straight away
The Unnoticeables is comprised of three different stories. The first is told from the perspective of a deadbeat punk, living in New York City, in the late 70's. The second is a stunt woman / waitress in Los Angeles, in 2013. The last story is from an unnamed narrator, in an unknown time.
In each story, there are several creatures, The Angels, the "Empty Ones", the "Tar Men" and the titular Unnoticeables, all of which ultimately serve a being called 'The Engineer'.
As the novel progresses we learn the motives of these creatures and how the three different stories interlink. Without giving too much away, there are revelations about humanity, existentialism, abjection, etc, so if like David Wong's stuff, this will be up your alley.
Even if you are my familiar with Wong, or don't like his stuff, I would still recommend this novel. This is because Brockway excels in his description throughout this book. He paints a more vivid picture than Wong, or indeed a lot of other authors I have read / listened to.
In particular, the way in which Brockway describes some of his horror scenes is particularly harrowing! Again, without spoiling it, there are more than a few moments that had been grimacing or gasping. There is one scene, and you'll know it when you reach it, which takes place at a party in a mansion in Los Angeles, which will stick in my mind for a long, long time!
Thoroughly enjoyed The Unnoticeables and would read other work from Brockway!