Friday 23 May 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (Famous: A Novel)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


Update: I finished the novel this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's fast paced and well written in a style that makes it easy to read. Some have complained about the ending but for me it worked well and I keep thinking about it. Rating: 4 out of 5.

Famous: A Novel by Blake Crouch


Let me tell you something about being famous. First off, it doesn't make you depressed or dissociated from humankind. That's all bullshit. Being like the very best thing in the world. Everybody knows you, everybody loves you, and it's just because you're you. And that's supposed to make you want to eat sleeping pills? Only reason celebrities say fame blows is so we won't hate them. Because if we really knew how happy they are, how incredible it is just to be them, to own the world, we'd hate them, and then they'd just be notorious.


Famous: A Novel



Book Description:


  "My name is Lancelot Blue Dunkquist, and the best thing about me is, when you doll me up right, I look just like the movie star, James Jansen." Meet Lance. 38-years-old. Works a meaningless job. Still lives above his parents' garage. By all accounts, a world-class loser. Except for one glaring exception... He has a million-dollar face. Lance has been mistaken twenty-eight times for the Oscar-winning movie star, James Jansen, and for the last 10 years, he's saved his money, studied Jansen's films, his moves, his idiosyncrasies, even the way he speaks. Now, after an unceremonious termination from his job, Lance has decided that the time has come to go after his dream. From New York's ridiculous avant-garde, off-off Broadway scene, to the surreal glitter of Los Angeles, follow Lance on his madcap journey of self-abandonment to become his likeness. Part comedy, part human tragedy, and part suspense, the world through the eyes of Lancelot Blue Dunkquist is like none you've ever seen.


  1. Interesting concept for a book. I do wonder how it all turned out. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

  2. This doesn't sound like anything I've ever read before! I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for it. It sounds like it could be really amazing or really bad.

  3. I love books with quirky characters and Lance sounds like he's beyond quirky! This sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: THE DOCTOR'S INDISCRETION.

  4. What a beginning! I would keep reading.....

    Here is my Book Beginning post!!

    What a 56!!

    Here is my Friday 56 post!!


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