Overall rating and opinion of " The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson

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Re: Overall rating and opinion of " The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson

Post by azerikaj » 10 Jun 2018, 15:18

Vincent, yeah, other people do sometimes remind us what's important, but I thought that most of the supporting characters in that book were just props for the main character's realizations, and I thought the characterizations of everyone who wasn't Duke and Chico was a little weak.
Amy, I usually like addiction narratives a lot, but this one left me cold.

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Post by v_for_vincent » 10 Jun 2018, 22:45

SamSim wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 13:12
azerikaj wrote:
02 May 2018, 16:13
I agree. I think they were all stereotypes, of one kind or another. Like every woman in the book--very underwritten characters.
I haven't read the book yet, but the frequency of comments like these from people who have make me feel like I'm not missing much.
The book is good you should read it, it's a fast read the first two parts are so good on there out look.

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Post by anwidmer » 11 Jun 2018, 06:48

I have mixed feelings about this book, while some say it is great in the first parts it makes me wonder does it fall flat at the end? I cant stand that type of book.

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Post by anwidmer » 11 Jun 2018, 06:50

azerikaj wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 15:18
Vincent, yeah, other people do sometimes remind us what's important, but I thought that most of the supporting characters in that book were just props for the main character's realizations, and I thought the characterizations of everyone who wasn't Duke and Chico was a little weak.
Amy, I usually like addiction narratives a lot, but this one left me cold.
Im glad to read ypur review, i believe our line if thinking is somewhat similar and i believe i would most likely be left with the same feelings. I need solid supporting character lines to add depth to a book im reading...sounds like this isnt one for me. Thanks for your review!

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Post by mllamisaamadi » 11 Jun 2018, 08:29

the sword swallow and chico kids is an imaginary story that impressed me most,the characters have acoholism as a common social behaviour,sword swallow when ever he performs in the street,the other had the opportunity of been a president of student club,an encouraging and expository in study,i rate it 4-4stars,the author is excellent at his narration

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Post by Cdeutsch » 11 Jun 2018, 13:31

I gave it a 2/4 because the writing was questionable and I just couldn't find any reason to like Gary which also might be due to the writing style.

I found myself wondering if the biography Duke tells Gary was being written by Starlight was ever actually written. I would be interested to read that because the part about Duke was fascinating to me.

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Post by zandri » 11 Jun 2018, 14:47

When I first saw the cover of the book, I was immediately interested. The reviews, however, changed my mind. It seems that the book starts off with a bang, but looses some of its oomph along the way. I am still on the fence about reading this book.

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Post by Morgan Jones » 11 Jun 2018, 21:01

I was about to start this book today, but reading some reviewer's say that the female characters were underdeveloped pretty much made me lose interest.
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Post by v_for_vincent » 12 Jun 2018, 20:26

azerikaj wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 15:18
Vincent, yeah, other people do sometimes remind us what's important, but I thought that most of the supporting characters in that book were just props for the main character's realizations, and I thought the characterizations of everyone who wasn't Duke and Chico was a little weak.
Amy, I usually like addiction narratives a lot, but this one left me cold.
Chico was the best part of the book. I didn't find the first part as trilling. The kid's part have the book a time that allows you to finish it at peace. When I say weak, I understand his role was written pretty soft. But that evens out the novel plot

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Post by Maxxe Riann » 12 Jun 2018, 22:18

Love the idea of multiple perspectives. I already like stories about spectacle (ie sword swallowing!) and illusion. Not so sure about tattoos/drugs/etc. The wordplay and use of language sounds like something to look forward to. Can't wait to read this!

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Post by Melchi Asuma » 13 Jun 2018, 00:38

I unfortunately did not read the book to completion simply because I did not like it. I thought that the beginning was a litlle bit too flat for me that is getting to know Duke and Gary. Overally, I wasnt impressed. Ill try giving it a second chance though.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 13 Jun 2018, 10:05

I don't like it so much overall. I found the characters shallow and the narrative incoherent, descending into scene after gross scene without much point to it. Some attempt was made to explain why the characters were the way they were, but it could all have had more dimensions to it.

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Post by kjs237 » 13 Jun 2018, 11:23

I tried to develop an interest in the plot of this book but it failed to generate much enthusiasm for me. The struggles with addiction ad some depth but the way female characters are portrayed is a real issue for me. I do find the people who live in the world of the circus sideshow very interesting, but I didn't find that to be featured much in this offering.

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Post by Nmesoma » 13 Jun 2018, 19:11

My least favorite part of the book was the drug overdosing, every other part is my favorite parts or at least the good parts

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Post by azerikaj » 13 Jun 2018, 20:15

anwidmer wrote:
11 Jun 2018, 06:50
azerikaj wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 15:18


Im glad to read ypur review, i believe our line if thinking is somewhat similar and i believe i would most likely be left with the same feelings. I need solid supporting character lines to add depth to a book im reading...sounds like this isnt one for me. Thanks for your review!
You are totally welcome...I'm sure my opinions about books are worth what you are paying for them.:)

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