Clich I m sorry I appear to have dropped something Can you please pick p that name for me Have you read I Met Someone or added it to your TBR When I pick p a book by Bruce Wagner I know I will be staggered by the beauty of his prose see ote below laugh at his Asylum and Other Stories unfailingly wicked sense of humor and be left withnanswered Banana Fish, Tome 14 : uestions meaning I will ponder it for a long time after I put it down I Met Someone delivers on all these countsHere s a favorite passageTo Dusty doubles brought with them an inadvertent whiff of the sacred that both charmed and mesmerized Like denuded dream statuary they came to represent Woman bountiful and bottomless and eternal Staring at the loop of herself as the other as herself the actress zoned out and sunk deep in full fathom of the immanent familiar that inscrutable almost sardonically knowing face that represented her own It was empty and serene riveting as an ancient bulletin or the light from dead starsLike his other novels that navigate the Hollywood terrain I Met Someone reads like satire but isn t Check out West of Eden by Jean Stein and you will see that Wagner s fictions are no stranger than fact But those who write his work off as merely insider riffs on the Hollywood scene are missing the gravitas that is present in all his work This author always plays in the mystical and ineffable whether he s writing about the latest TMZ sensation or the tragedy of loss Like the Hollywood dream itself I Met Someone is at turns poetically sublime and turn your face away crude This book will astonish confound and break your heart I strongly recommend I liked the writing these characters were presented in full Hollywood talk love Hollywood which was fun to read The plot is veryp to date and the setting is luxury I loved this book I don t even know what to say It is so fluidly written so intuitive describing the things many of Cirsova (Issue us feel or have experienced but w a writer s finenderstanding of the nuances and details that go behind all of our various and conflicting emotions It s rare to read a book and say yes THAT that is exactly how I felt that time when esp when one has nothing in common w the characters at least on the surfaceBesides that there are some plot twists that even I who is never ever surprisedsees every plot twist coming was stunned by Like WHOA stunned Total credit to the author his amazing writing and having a lot of originality As background this novel centers around a female celebrity who is like a modern day Liz Taylor type a grand dame well loved and critically praised who also happens to be a lesbian and has a young wife She has a mommy dearest thing going on with her mother and has her whole past history of her life In the meantime the other characters including her gay BFF an extra on one of her movies who is dealing with the repercussions of her divorce are trying to nderstand their desires for their lives as they evolve and change all amidst the Hollywood celeb life w celeb cameos which is fun to read about too I wasn t thrilled with the ending but it was a good way to end it I can see why this writer is a screenwriter The whole novel itself was better than any movie I ve ever seen My friends know Asma s 3 rules for a great novel This one actually only has met 1 of the rules maybe 15 And I wouldn t say that this is a great novel This is like something else altogether This is not a novel This is like a graphic novel but without pictures The writing is so vivid and alive that calling it a mere novel is not The glamor of their lavish carefully calibrated celebrity life After Allegra suffers a miscarriage Dusty embarks on a search for the daughter she lost at age sixteen and ncovers the answer to a The Volleyball Coaching Bible - Volume II (The Volleyball Coaching Bible, uestion that has haunted for decades With riveting suspense Wagner moves between the perspectives of his characters revealing their individual trauma and thencanny conne.
I wish it was possible to give less than one star to this book The thought that kept running through my head about this book when I finally decided to abandon it was Free at last Free at last I have given Diccionario trilingüe Miskitu - Sumu-Mayangna - Español up on perhaps two to three books in my lifetime of reading I tried really tried to get through this book but after reading 100 pages and skimming about 50 I just couldn t finish it The characters are pretentious self involved name droppers whose italicized speech patterns are annoying to read The only redeeming moments in the story occurred in the two scenes I read in which Dusty returned to Utah to meet with an old boyfriend and a former neighbor There was no riveting suspense as promised in the description of the book and so I m happy to move onI received a review copy of this book from Penguin s First to Read program in exchange for my review I got an ARC of this book for a review I had a very hard time with this book and could not finish it which almost never happens The reason I was interested in this book because it starred a LGBT main character in a book targeted at the general reading public But as soon as I started reading that didn t matter any The first word that pops into my head when reading was pretentious It feels like the author is trying to proof in the most obnoxious way possible that he is educated and smart with a big vocabulary of fancy words The italics were also horribly annoying I assume they were meant to emphasize a word in direct speech but nobody speaks that way The reason why I don t talk about the story is because I got so annoyed with all the technical details that I really didn t care any whether the story was good or not The elouently written but nauseatingly discomfiting kind of tale Wagner has built a career on has finally met an accessibility his previous and largely superior novels lacked Absolutely no one can touch him and humiliation would await anyone who tried to emulate the high wire act only he can perform his Joycean flourish a manic satirical irony that would decimate any smug millennial a sense of ghoulish humor that could embarrass the most hardened dark web dwellerThough his signature verbosity and stunning cadence is noticeably absent here and there there is a certain festivity in watching him tone down the linguistic pyrotechnics in service to a plot driven black hearted calliope of a story This review was originally posted on www125pagescom I Met Someone was so close to being the first book I have ever DNF d It was just so not for me I opened with a self absorbed star name dropping like it was her full time job moved to a young man who did things for the LULZ and then explained that LULZ were a step beyond an LOL and good lord the selfishness that abounded Then a bright shining spot Around 13% in there was a section that was just moving Full of emotion and depth I was hooked Then it got worse and then worse and then just so much no This is marketed as a suspensethriller and it is not It is a contemporary fiction about awful people doing awful things to people they supposedly love To say much would reuire spoilers and I am not about that So I will just say I just did not like I Met Someone if that one bright shining moment could have carried through I would have loved it Bruce Wagner has aniue voice and he can connect with readers just not this one Favorite lines No if she was going to be The Very First Christmas Stocking the Gifts of the 7 Coins unfaithful she d feel better about waitingntil her spouse wasn t so miserable so vulnerable It was too easy Biggest. An emotional thriller by novelist Bruce Wagner I Met Someone is the story of a fictional Hollywood marriage on the precipice of disaster and an enthralling meditation on the world in which we live Bruce Wagner’s I Met Someone is the story of Oscar award winning actress Dusty Wilding her wife Allegra a long lost daughter and the nspeakable secret hidden beneath.
Ight I know that sounds strange but read it and maybe you will see what I mean I m excited to read the author s other works and watch the movies he has worked on It is precisely Wagner s willingness to describe our world as it is that makes this book and his others so brilliant The critics often slam Wagner for wasting his formidable talent as a writer the man can turn a phrase on nworthy lowbrow pop culture subject matter but this assessment misses the point Distasteful as it may be to delicate critical sensibilities Wagner s niverse is governed by TMZ and the citizens pledge allegiance to their inalienable rights to nfettered narcissism and the pursuit of fame Wagner is a scholar of pop culture he does his homework he is fluent in the profane discourse He humbly accepts for better or worse we live in a Kardashian zeitgeist He Pirate Barbarian uncovers depth in the superficial and meaning in the seemingly meaningless That said he is not a redeemer of pop culture he is simply an astute observer of the machinery It is Wagner s willingness to face the reality of our times and tonderstand it with scholarly anthropological rigor that makes him such a great writerno doubt one of the best of his generation In this way his is a bit like the Zizek of the fiction world Thanks to NetGalley for the ARCUgh Not good That s all I have to say So stereotypical so one dimensional so boring Just not good Avoid avoid avoid Bruce Wagner s newest book I Met Someone tells the story of a Hollywood starlet who is searching for a daughter she had many years ago while also dealing with the emotional strife of losing an nborn child Admittedly this isn t a book that I would normally be drawn to but after seeing it surface over and over on lists of recommendations I thought I would see what all the hype is aboutMarketed as an emotional thriller I was expecting to need a full box of tissues and maybe a therapy session or two But it wasn t that sort of book not to say it was a disappointment but it certainly wasn t what I was expecting What it was however was what I felt was a very human portrayal of what this character was going through You see so often we read characters that are awesome in the book but would never be a real person outside of the novel But with Bruce Wagner s writing you always get the sense that these very well could be real people that we are reading aboutRecently I ve really been into books that are beautifully written There s something to be said for escaping into a world that is so elouently presented that you feel it almost sparkles a bit I am in awe of the brilliant writing that Bruce Wagner brings to this book Whether it s describing a beautiful day on set or the drab reality of losing a child the wording is simply stunningWhat did I think I liked this book but I didn t love it There were many things that I felt were done well the settings were perfectly explained the writing was beautiful and I felt that the character presentations were very well done and accurate However I couldn t get past the name dropping or pretentiousness that some of the characters seemed to embody I know it s Hollywood and there is an expected sense of self righteousness but it felt almost over the top and exaggerated in an otherwise fascinating storyWho should read it If you enjoy beautiful writing you will not be disappointed by this one But I think the perfect reader would be someone who finds themselves enad by the glitz and lifestyles of the rich and famousWEBSITE TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM. Ctions to each other's past lives I Met Someone sends the reader down a rabbit hole of the human psyche with Wagner’s remarkable insights into our collective obsession with great wealth and fame and surprises with nimaginable plot turns and nexpected fate Alternately tender shocking and poetic I Met Someone is Wagner’s most captivating and affecting novel ye.
Bruce Wagner is the author of The Chrysanthemum Palace a PEN Faulkner fiction award finalist; Still Holding; I'll Let You Go a PEN USA fiction award finalist; I'm Losing You; and Force Majeure He lives in Los Angeles