4 out of 5 stars
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We follow Luke, a part-time employee and college student, in David Clark Done’s comic book Gone Bodfishin’. One evening, after an early shift at work, examining tax forms at a corporation, he meets Al, a cab driver. Al tells him he is almost there with his dream of establishing a movie set; all he needs to do is earn some money to get there. If Luke is interested, Al invites him to come help him build a movie set. Since Al used to be a stuntman, he could also teach him how to work as one in the movies. Luke finds that working as a history professor and getting a Ph.D. aren't as exciting as they once were after graduating from college. He realizes quickly that night that he wants to do something interesting with his life. After deciding to accept Al's offer, he sets out on an expedition to Bodfish Town the following day. He has made the decision to become a stuntman. Is the movie set thing real? Will Luke succeed in achieving his American dream, or will this prove to be an even bigger disappointment than his life before? Will they be able to build a movie set on their own, assuming all of this is real? Will that even be successful? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Luke is an interesting character who decides to give up his current life to pursue something intriguing and satisfying. Al serves as the group's brain, while Dean is witty and mischievous. In this gripping tale, Luke is the main protagonist, but we also get to see intriguing glimpses into the lives of other characters. The dialogue is also designed to mimic ordinary, dialect-speaking conversations because it's a comic book, which enhances the reading experience. I don’t think the book was professionally edited because there are a few grammatical and typographical errors throughout, but it didn’t take away from the reading experience in any way. Another negative aspect of the book is that, after he went to Kern County, he never spoke with his ex-girlfriend; therefore, there was never any closure between them. Either way, I would have liked to see some form of closure between them. Other than that, I don't think anything else needs to be changed. This book is not appropriate for young readers due to its profanity and sexual content. Considering the above-mentioned aspects, I would give this book four out of five stars because it was an incredible read, and I really enjoyed embarking on this exciting adventure with Luke and the others.
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