on 13 August 2005
This book is typical of Hunter's style, it mixes a lifelong obsession with gridiron, gambling, politics, paranoia, corrupt officals and a sense of dark and vicious humor that is the mark of the original gonzo journalist. This book is a series of articles writen originally for ESPN, it's most frightening entries are around 9/11 when hunter asks 'where were you when the fun stopped' and over the next series of articles predicts the road that America will take to a T. Not in the same class as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or The Great Shark Hunt, then again what is? Rest in Peace DOCTOR.
on 12 April 2008
This is a collection of sports columns that HST did for the American press from November 2000 through to Oct 13 2003 (so there are many Bush references). Unless you know Hunter S Thompson already or are an avid American Sports follower and know your Redskins from your Red Sox (or care), I would stay away from this.
For HST fans who already know his work, there are no surprises here. Each column is only a few hundred words and you can dip in and out if you want without losing anything. Much of the politicking and references to sport or current affairs are even less relevant to a non-American, but there is still some joy to be had with his style and irreverence.
on 4 April 2012
The expression "Hey, Rube", is given as the traditional fairground barker's cry to attract a gullibe punter in to see the show inside the tent.
How very apt.
This is a set of weekly bulletins that HST was contracted to write, which are now packaged together under one cover. There is very little continuous flow between articles, many of the sportsmen referred to are now either retired, or their names never made it over here, and many of the US sporting idioms translate about as well as would cricket writng to an American.
Finally, you have to look really deeply into the style of writing to even come close to seeing soem of the prose of a man whose previously glorious use of language was once described as crackling like gunfire. Yes, he was on the downhill slope by the time he wrote these. I bet he even delivered each article on time!!!!!
Hey, Rube, wanna buy a book by the legendary Hunter S Thompson, who wrote "Fear and Loathing..........."? Go on, pick up a copy. It's real cheap. Treat yourself.Go on, Rube, you know you want to.
Well, thank God this sucker only paid £3.99 for it. I don't think I even finished it.
Save yourself the money, and buy pretty much anything else HST did. It even makes "Better Than Sex" look good.
I only hope HST was able to see the joke of taking the (probably over the odds payment) for these pieces in the knowledge that they weren't up to much.
Hey, Rube, indeed.