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Bleeding Edge

Pynchon, Thomas

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Bleeding Edge
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New York City, 2001. Fraud investigator Maxine Tarnow starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO and discovers there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left of the tech bubble.
Publisher: New York :, The Penguin Press,, 2013
ISBN: 9781594204234
1594204233
Characteristics: 477 pages ; 25 cm

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agree with everyone else. i got bored with this book really fast and found myself skipping over pages. no stars from me either. don't waste your time with this book.

Annoying style. Reads like the author was on uppers the whole time he was writing. Too smart-alecky for its own good. Stopped reading after four chapters. Don't bother.

Jul 14, 2014
  • foggyi rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I wanted to read this book for its great revelations and understandings of 9/11 but paid too high a price. Right away it comes off as too esoteric. The only people are Jewish New Yorkers, everyone else is an ethnic or regional caricature. With no constructed plot there is no hero's journey. There is also no antagonist but rather the pop culture of the late nineties still oozing into the new century. Pynchon's only goal here may be to lament the loss of reality. New York as it was for his generation. Real capital and real labor that leads to real production and real fulfillment. And a time when the hyped-up ever-present threat of a bogeyman did not consume our daily lives. These are worthwhile pursuits but poorly achieved. Be careful when embarking upon this book. Abandon when you find yourself counting the pages.

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Dec 26, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The most incredibly tedious and monotonous book ever; all the characters sound alike, as if they have the same voice, et cetera! This is surely one over-hyped author! Maybe it's ethnic; you have to be a Jewish New Yorker to appreciate this extraordinarily monotonous pile of something or other? Based upon this novel (?), it should be suggested that writing might not be Pynchon's strong point, he should think of pursuing some other career track? Or stick to writing those AIPAC newsletters?

Nov 09, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If not the greatest novelist of his generation (that goes to Philip Roth), the reclusive Thomas Pynchon may be the most influential, as he casts a shadow that falls over big guns like Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, William Gibson and Jonathan Lethem, among others. His latest opus, his 8th novel, takes on 9/11 and the the mood and events of the early '00s. Pynchon is nothing if not ambitious, but this ultimately falls flat and fails to make sense of the period, despite copious period details like the growth of the internet, the dotcom bubble, Keanu Reeves movies, Jay-Z and Nas, beanie babies and even "Friends." Yes, Thomas Pynchon, the writer of "Gravity's Rainbow" has put "Friends" in one of his books. And this is an odd, uneven mix of the whimsical and trivial with the tragic and grave. Pynchon's late style is strangely lighter and more superficial than in his earlier works. "The Trade Center tower were religious too. They stood for what this country worships above everything else, the market, always the holy f***in market."

Oct 29, 2013
  • diggie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i'm not sure how successful it is as a novel, but then i'm not sure it is a novel.
it is definitely the funniest thing i've read in a long time.

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