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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Almost Lizard is an original take on a fictional autobiography which, with some tighter editing, could have been taken to a new level. Higgerson is clearly a man with a lot of interesting ideas and the highlights in the book, the big set pieces, are superbly done.
I don't often, if ever, feel the need to tell people what's happening in the books I read but I found myself doing this fairly often in this case. The story of how the narrator's parents meet is brilliantly crafted, and the conclusion to the episode about writing a child's story made me laugh more than any other book has ever done before. My only criticism is that it's about pages too long. There are just too many sections where too little happens. If a page doesn't move the plot forward, contain an interesting idea or move you in some way through how it's written, then it shouldn't be there.
And there's quite a lot of filler in here. I'd still highly recommend it though. A book like The Almost Lizard lives or dies by its narrators voice; if you're going to spend over pages deep inside the head of one character, especially one who does the abhorrent things Danny does, you need to engage with that voice or you've no reason to stay.
Fortunately James Higgerson is up to the task. Danny is a gifted storyteller, not just in the fake soap episodes he creates, but in the way he relays them to the reader. In fact if he wasn't a sociopath, Danny would be pretty fun company. You'll note I mentioned the abhorrent things Danny does, but not that Danny himself is abhorrent.
There was never enough venom in Danny's voice for me to be repelled by him, I don't get the feeling he enjoys hurting others, just that he's so wrapped up in his own game he can't imagine what it's like to be real any more. All sounds terribly clever, but it grows out of the story and doesn't come across as smug.
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If anything there were moments where it all seemed too real. Although Danny takes things to extremes, he does live in the real world, and most of us have imagined what our own lives would look like filtered through the lens. In a world where nearly every new bands album is advertised as 'the soundtrack to your life,' it's even encouraged. This creates both a srength and a weakness in the narrative; the disturbing parts are made more so because they feel real, yet in places the book shys away from what's happening.
For example, Danny doesn't really go into detail about his sexual exploits, going so far as to film himself faking sex but keeping his boxers on because he 'isn't THAT curious'. I could understand if it was just talked around, the literary equivalent of a cutaway, but Danny will openly say, 'I won't go into detail but..
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Thinking about it, I suppose there's an argument to be made that the very shows he emulates reference sex but never show it, but since Danny is speaking to us from outside his own device, by which I mean he's not treating the reader as a last interview or part of the show; he's acting completely outside of that frame , it feels like this sets up a safety barrier in a story where safety should be a foreign concept.
Also, a word on the formatting; the Kindle iPad version doesn't have page numbers, using location numbers instead. Considering this book is a kind of list of events, for example his parents lives are laid out in painstaking detail from their births, to their meeting, to Danny's own birth, etc. The location numbers really don't help much. If that kind of thing is likely to bother you, go for the print version instead.
One person found this helpful. I like how the author portrays Daniel. No one really knows what goes on in a child's head or the consequences of acting out their fantasies. This is not normally my type of book however once I got started I was intrigued to find out what Daniel was going to do next. The Almost Lizard takes you on a trundle through the mind of a young man who certainly does not believe himself to be anything other than sane.
It is a window into our narrow perspective on how we think versus how other people think. How are we to judge our sanity? It is relative and without a frame of reference we assume that what we are and think are normal. Our protagonist is a kind of machiavellian anti-hero, you don't end up liking him or really sympathising with him - but nevertheless you find yourself drawn to understand him and reflect on your own internal dialogue and what it might mean if that was exposed to your nearest and dearest. I like that the book doesn't flinch from the unlikeability of Danny Lizar, whilst allowing you to recognise that all has not been precisely fair on him at the same time.
If you like the way Kurt Vonnegut makes you ponder your life, views and relationships without making his characters fill the corners you should try this book. Format: Paperback. Daniel begins to realise that, in life, you cannot write all of the scripts, there is no-one there to shout cut or hit rewind and, inevitably, all manipulations have their repercussions. Read more Read less. Chance to win daily prizes. Get ready for Prime Day with the Amazon App. No purchase necessary.
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Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Editorial Reviews Review 'a superb tragicomic satire on our soap-opera-saturated culture'--Sam Mills, author of The Quiddity of Will Self 'a neat idea The novel goes along at quite a pace, with all of the confidence, and some of the self-doubt that inflicts every teenager. James Higgerson is a talented writer, with a bright future ahead of him, and will be a name to look out for. What follows is a voyage through mental illness in a TV and media-obsessed society.
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Higgerson takes us on a journey Both gripping and poignant. I suggest you grab this book and relish in the grit of growing up in the north of England in the 90's See the review. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. This item: The Almost Lizard.
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