- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del; 1st Trade Pbk. Ed edition (1 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767900758
- ISBN-13: 978-0767900751
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Killer Instinct: How Two Young Producers Took on Hollywood Paperback – 1 Jun 1998
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Hamsher was a producer on “Natural Born Killers” and this is the book about the making of that film, from it,s embryonic stages right through to it,s release and the furore surrounding it.N.B.K. as it shall now be known was initially a script written by Quentin Tarrantino about two trailer trash lovers who go on a killing spree. Hamsher and her partner Don Murphy picked up the option on the script from Tarrantino who at this point was still a “video store geek”.Initially a mutual friend of both parties was slated to direct the supposed low budget film but when it became clear to Hamsher and Murphy that he was working under two misguided illusions : 1)That he actually had some talent: 2)That he had a clue what he was doing. ,and since they had no firm contract with him they decided to pass on his dubious directorial skills. Needless to say he does,nt take this well and decides to sue. As this drags interminably on it emerges that Tarrantino who by now is on the verge of making his big breakthrough with “Reservoir Dogs” does,nt want N.B.K. made and is encouraging the jilted would be director on from the sidelines.And then it gets really weird.
This is a riveting and revealing book, very well and waspishly written by Hamsher with pace and zeal. She,s not afraid to dish the dirt and some of her character assesments are so caustic they smoulder on the page. Not too many involved in this project emerge unscathed .Read more ›
It's a very entertaining book about the making of Natural Born Killers. Sadly having then re-watched the movie I can't help but feel it was a lot of effort for very little. The film is pretty bad.
You might expect it to be a bit cut off from the proper film making creative side as it's from the producer's point of view. She was always on set and was dealing with Oliver Stone all the time so it's not too far away from the actual making of the movie.
The stuff about music was very interesting. She appears to have been very important in finding music for Oliver Stone to consider (it turns out he knows next to nothing about music). She doesn't seem to get any credit for this outside of this book.
Interestingly she says she dislikes the soundtrack album. I bought the album on the cheap years ago and I hated it too. It wasn't full songs, but instead a heavily edited mix tape collage. Waiting For The Miracle by Leonard Cohen for example is a seven minute song, and yet it's less than four minutes on the CD. Also some pointless dialogue from the movie had been included. On a Tarantino soundtrack CD the dialogue works out of context as it's not plot specific stuff. In Natural Born Killers the dialogue was conventional plot driving stuff so it didn't work.
Her name was absent from the CD liner notes. Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails, came in very late and had little to do with the music selected. He is first credited, followed by Stone and then the (apparently useless) official music supervisor. I think she was right to be happy not to be associated with it.
There's a big section about a truck that turned up to be used as product placement.Read more ›
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Look no further than the heroine created by Ms. Sharp. You will quickly slip into the character's skin and see parts of yourself within her inner complexity. I felt like I walked the streets of Lancaster with her and felt the pain of her past that shaped her into who she is today.
Charlie Fox is strong and a survivor through and through. She reminds me of Charlaine Harris' Lily Bard, in the author's popular woman sleuth Shakespeare series (one of two excellent mystery series she wrote before the one based on HBO's True Blood). While Fox's adventures are more bloody, more violent, and more heart stopping than Bard's, my comparison is more due to the smooth story telling, excellent pacing, and credible characters, which makes the portrayal of these fictional women very real and very believable.
I raced through the pages eager to see where the writer would take us and how Fox would pull through. Very rarely do I give up an entire day of my life to a book. This one was the exception. I loved it so much I immediately bought a copy for my father and plan to buy the others in the series as well. Ms. Sharp has a fan in me for life and I can hardly wait to read what other adventures she dreams up for Charlie Fox. Simply outstanding!
Charlie is tough. She teaches women's self-defence (which she took up after being raped in the army), rides a motorbike and is very independent.
The book starts with Charlie's friend Clare being attacked during karaoke night at a local nightclub by reigning champion Susie Hollins. Charlie deals with the attack and is offered a job as a bouncer by the clubs owner. Hours later Susie Hollins is found dead - the latest victim of a homicidal rapist that has been terrorising the local community. Charlie suspects a link between the nightclub and the homicidal rapist and she begins to investigate.
The book moves along at a cracking pace and Charlie is a believable tough heroine. The identity of the killer may be obvious in a plot that has been used many times before, but Charlie is interesting enough to carry you through.
Zoë recently wrote about her fondness for Dick Francis books growing up, and I can see similar elements in `Killer Instinct'. Clever use of words, twists and turns in the story, and a central core of justice. I like details and back story so it's really satisfying to read about Clare and Jacob, as well as background about where Charlie came from as a person. Overall it reads like an easy conversation, with intriguing and sometimes uncomfortable elements.
My fondness for 'Killer Instinct' is also sparked by Lee Child's foreword; it is my favorite relateable anecdote for books - Lee,your story made me laugh out loud - thanks for the enjoyment! As for the book I devoured it in an afternoon, I couldn't put it down. For a first novel, it's impressive.
The series and the writing has grown from strength to strength, I suppose I enjoyed the later books more because I came across them first - though this filled in story links alluded to in the later books. I find myself liking gory detail much less these days, so for me it's a well-balanced blend of a rollicking good read, without the stuff that keeps me awake nights. Charlie herself is someone I can relate to, in how she attempts to address the effects of pivotal events in her life - seeing how she handles her dilemmas has kept me engrossed. Character development is something that really keeps my interest, as well as the unexpected, and I've certainly been surprised.
This is one of my all time favorite series. If you are just starting the books, lucky you. If, like me, you are starting it again, it is time well spent. But then I think any time spent with Charlie is time well spent.
Killer Instinct: Charlie Fox book one