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Tender as Hellfire [Paperback]

Joe Meno
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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books,U.S. (17 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933354305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933354309
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.5 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,760,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars an incredible piece of work 15 April 1999
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From the moment I picked this book up I was immediately captured by its unbelieveably vivid and well-told story. And the characters are so compelling and imaginative that I know they will stay with me for a long time to come. This is one of those rare works of literature that once you start reading it, everything else takes a back seat. I highly, highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its worth reading. 9 Feb 1999
By A Customer
This book I can asure you thats its worth reading. Joe Meno is a great writter and a wounderful brother too. I have read other writtings that Joe Meno wrote and they are outstanding. This book will bring thought to your mind. Its one of those books you don't forget.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a solid, colorful first novel 11 Dec 2000
By Joe J. - Published on Amazon.com
Tender as Hellfire is a colorful, imaginative, extremely humorous, yet ultimately truthful novel. The themes and motifs within are tight, the story given to us in entertaining instances that combine in the end as one whole picture of an alienated youth. Meno shows his talent for storytelling by simply casting his character into a chaotic environment and seeing how that charatcer will react. Simple as that. Within it is contained a complex story of a child trying to come to terms and cope with his father's downfall, so that he may escape a similar fate and rise above his 'cursed' surroundings.
It's a good read that moves well, entertains and will be remembered as a colorful piece of contemporary style. For how can one ever forget the Pigpen mascot scene? The King of the Tango? Chief? The fire motifs add a nice edge and hold it all together. The novel is by no means perfect; a formal review could name various flaws, but this book comes from a first time novelist who, with such voice, color, style and humor can only get better. If you like an easy read and cutting edge stuff, this is a great book to check out.
But a note to St. Marten's Press: fire your copyeditor. First time authors are already at a disadvantage, why make their situation harder by your incompetence in printing?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing as Hellfire 13 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Joe Meno clearly has a lot of talent---far more than the proofreader who allowed the abundance of typos in the book to slide by---but the end result is rather disappointing. Not only is the main character's thought pattern and point of view often difficult to follow, but I never truly felt as though I got to know any of the characters. Although Meno has a real flair for detail in scenes where heavy action action is occurring, large chunks of the prose drift by like zombies, never making an impression or creating better understanding of the characters. The author makes the mistake of showing rather than telling far too often to give readers a chance to see things through the eyes of these underdeveloped characters. The result is a story that drives home only a feeling of confused hopelessness, rather than fulfillment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This first attempt never quite gets off the ground. 21 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Meno's book entices you with savory characters and gritty prose, but suffers badly from a recurring point of view problem. As you read, you have the sense that with the start of each chapter, the narrator forgets everything he's previously told his audience. The magical connection writers create with their reader is dangled in front of us in one chapter and then snatched away in the next by this out of touch narrator. A sharp editor's pen could have reduced the redundancy of overdone description, and helped this first time novelist move through a narrative that mattered to the reader. A collection of short stories may have been a wiser choice for St. Martin's.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poetic and rough.... 3 Feb 2013
By XISDEAD - Published on Amazon.com
Joe Meno does it again. In this book he explore the lives of absolutely the most unintentional characters you will care so much about. Everybody in this book is described in a way that gives you a taste of another world that maybe not much people in literary circles know about. Without going into specifics about the story (because there are two summaries on the top of the reviews), the author takes you to a different set of lives that seem to make you want to care about these peoples lives and daily happenings. This (as most of Joe Meno's books) is not a fairy tale or a neat picture that will work out all in the end. Instead it lets you see inside the lives of these characters in a poetic and absolutely haunting sense that it will play on your mind for a while after reading this book. You want so badly for something to work out and lives to be uplifted, but that is not Joe Meno's craft. He gives you a series of feelings and leaves a chance for people to see the poetic structure and beauty in what at first seems like depressing circumstances and eccentricities. If you are tired of the usual read and want to take on something, just as the the books characters, from the other side of the tracks then give this book a shot. You just might love it like I did.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hellfire" powerfully conveys the loneliness of childhood. 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is about loneliness, and the ways we fight it. The stories savage all our comforting beliefs -- our parents can always protect us; the Midwest is peaceful; religion provides comfort -- and proves psychologist Sheldon Kopp's verdict: Childhood is a nightmare. Joe Meno writes with such power that you can't put this book down, no matter how much you wish you could.
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