The Mr. T Experience is one of my favorite bands, Dr. Frank is one of my favorite song writers, so when I heard he (aka Frank Portman) was writing a book I couldn’t wait for it to come out. I expected it to more or less be a novel version of an MTX song, this is almost exactly what I got. This is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Tom Henderson is you’re typical high school kid (at least if typical to you is the kid just trying to get by and seems to be failing at everything, and being the outcast while everyone else seems to be popular). Him and his best friend Sam Hellerman spend their time talking about girls, making up bands that will never exist and wondering why everyone seems to be in the ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ cult. Oddly enough with this book he stumbles on a secret code that was in his late father’s copy of the book. Now he sets out to discover the mystery of his dad, still while trying to balance school, girls, and a mom and wanna be pal of a step father. If you like the band Mr. T Experience, you should be right at home with this book, even if not, if you were the kid that didn’t quite fit in in school and couldn’t score to save his life, it’ll be like reading you’re memoirs. 368 pages makes up “King Dork” (also the title of an MTX song), this also makes for a good launch pad to get into Frank’s next book “Andromeda Klein”.
February 3, 2010
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January 1, 2010
I read this book a few years back, have tried a few times to find more books by this guy, never could. Then recently I did a check again and found out who the author actually was, Hugh Laurie, yes the same Hugh Laurie who stars as Dr. Gregory House, in the Fox show House. This came as a surprise because, well, who expects that. I’ll say I think he should stick to writing, or at least write more because I greatly enjoyed this book. Its someone what of a spy novel, but not quite, almost a spoof of one. It’s like James Bond with out the confidence or the ability to always be right. Like the guy you call if you can’t afford James Bond’s expensive drinking habit and gadgets. If you like fun spy movies and books you might want to look into this one, be warned though, pay attention, it has some twists along the way. 368 pages, Hugh needs to stop playing doctor.
October 7, 2009
Dan Brown wrote the book that had everyone going crazy for a while, then all the nuttiness toned down for a while, then they decided to make a movie out of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and it started all over again, but worse. Kind of like the movie, which sucked. This book took me a while to get through and for good reason. We’ve got 608 pages, about 300 of them are great, about half way through I feel this book really loses its momentum and just starts to get stupid. First half I was really into, cool mystery type deal, but after that it was pretty lame. By the end I felt kind of cheated, actually really cheated. If you’ve gotten nothing better lying around you might wanna take a flip through this book but I really can’t bring myself to say you should check it out, in fact you’d be better off just skipping it. Also I feel I should point out my disliking the book has nothing to do with the religious implications of the book, in fact that was probably what I liked best about it, how most things thought to be iron clad seemed to be a big conspiracy. Nope, I just didn’t like this book because it sucked.