Skip to main content

The Wheelman (Duane Swierczynski)


Dear Mr Swierczynski:
I hate you for being such a good author. By hate, I mean envy, and by author I mean sheer awesome dude. So, to recap, I envy you for being a sheer awesome dude.
I read The Wheelman over a couple day span on the local transit system. It was less polished than your later novels such as Severance Package or The Blonde. It is weird to describe pulpy books as polished, but I am sure you are picking up what I am putting down.
I know it is your book and as such, you already know the plot, but bear with me while I summarize what I read. In a nutshell, The Wheelman is a back and forth tale about a mute getaway driver in a botched getaway. Robbing a Wachovia bank was easy, the plan was solid and the route out of inner Philly was mapped and ready to go.? Unfortunately, someone spilled the beans on the plan and the getaway turned more into? 
From there, things just get bloody.. very very bloody. I don’t think a single character makes it through the plot with out landing some horrible flesh wound. Were you eating a lot of spicy foods when you wrote this? Recovering from surgery and on a multitude of steroids? Were you mugged and left for dead in Mexico, lying in the cold desert night considering how you would pay back those who wronged you?
Regardless, The novel was awesome, and I would love to drink a beer and chat about the wrongness of being in a corrugated pipe, 60 ft down with a corpse on top limiting movement as one bleeds out.. Call me. We’ll go to the Horse Brass pub.
Dear everyone else who is not Mr. Swierczynski,
This book was goddamned good.

Comments

  1. I read this a while ago.

    I thought it was O.K. It has a very fast pace.

    But the main character and his close accomplice are not particularly likeable people even in the way that criminal types can be likeable. It struck me that it used its fast pacing try and get around the very implausibility of much of the action.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I can see that. It is looser than many of his other books, and seems to rush through the plot in an effort to showcase the plot...

    The good thing is that with in the first ten pages, this is easily recognized as being a book where every douche-bag involved will be losing some blood.

    I agree with you, i was surprised that i was not tied to any one character, caring for their survival. I guess this is a good thing based on the outcome :)

    all in all, i still really enjoyed the novel, just in a different manner than other books of Duane's.

    Thanks for stopping in Russel!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

AbyssRium (IDLE Idea Factory) + Strategy

Tap games are a dime a dozen in the mobile world. Most (as is AbyssRium) are free with ad-supported revenue and/or provide efficiency cheats in a store.

AbyssRium sets itself apart from other tap games by leveraging a unique concept. In a Synthetic ocean, you are the ever loving caretaker of a talking 'Coralite', which to the best of our perceptions is an underwater volcanic vent. The point of the game is to build strength and vitality for your volcano and its surrounding wild life; evolving animals and fortifying new types of coral. As each element of your world is enhanced, you elicit more vitality from the creatures for use in evolution.
It is easiest to think of your mobile device as the side of a giant fish tank, and you are going to be tapping on the glass. While you were told in life this was bad for an aquarium, in AbyssRium, your Coralite considers this loving attention. It smiles at you, gives on screen hints, and makes a slightly disturbing orgasm face every time y…

Interview: Q&A with Joseph M. Reynolds, author of Make Dust Our Paper

During the Fall, I received a copy of a book that has had surprising staying power in my mind. Initially, I had mixed feelings, some ambiguity regarding the work. When it clicked with me, it really fell right into place.

Make Dust Our Paper has reserved a permanent place in my collection.

Like the nosy reader I am, after reading I emailed the author with a few followup questions about the plot. Ultimately, he answered my questions then he agreed to be interviewed about his novel and other topics. The holiday season is terribly busy for people, so I really appreciate that he was able and willing to take the time.

With that, much thanks to Joseph M. Reynolds!


Synopsis of Make Dust Our Paper:
"Carrigan approaches the millennium New Year craving climax and culmination. What he finds instead is constant anti-climax, and lack of definitional consequence for his failures and failings and genius. A conceptual heir to Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, this novel explores everything …

Generations: We all forget our roots

Greater than half of my life (so far) has passed since I was a teenager. Some days I cannot even fathom the decisions I made and the sense of ambiguity I felt.

I lose the feeling associated with being both Invincible and Powerless. Everything I thought I could do seemed to have arbitrary corrals blocking the path.

Well crafted Graphic Novels like Generations help remind me if those feelings, insulating the generation after me from my history hazed misconceptions.

For reference, this Graphic novel was written by Flavia Biondi.. Many websites are misspelling her name as Bondi (no 1st i) .. I am looking at you Barnes and Nobel, and other bloggers!
Generations (Flavia Biondi)144 pagesLion ForgeISBN-10: 1941302505ISBN-13: 978-1941302507ASIN: B076HCV9Z2 Buying books through links on this site will not cost you additional money. But, these links support this site and may generate a commission. Consider buying a copy for yourself or your local library!

Everyone is running from something. It …