Book Review: Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another book review! This one actually marks a premier for me. The author approached me and provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for a review. So here we go!

Cold Calling Haydn Wilks Goodreads Cover

Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks, Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
We closely follow the life of a call center employee. His time at work, his time at home, his time out and about. But then he gets drunk and does something unbelievable…

 

The Rating:
Well, I had my problems with this one. Haydn Wilks names Bret Easton Ellis (among many others) as his influence and that shows. To be honest that’s not a writer I fancy at all, so I had my problems getting into the book. Just like with Ellis’ works I never find any connection with the characters, nothing relatable no matter how hard I try. And the constant listing of daily activities usually annoys me.
Wilks does the same but as his main character hasn’t much going on, it’s quicker to go through and made it more enjoyable for me.
It’s a rather short book (63 pages) so the story doesn’t have ages to unfold. I like that things are sped up but I still have my troubles grasping the characters real intentions and whatever goes through his brain.
I’m still not sure whether I like the abrupt ending, although it was a smart move.

So, if you like writers like Bret Easton Ellis, I’m 100% sure that you’ll love this book. For me it was just not quite right.

Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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5 popular and famous books that are completely overrated

There are some books everybody loves. Books that have basically reached some untouchable cult status. But after reading several of those praised novels, I was disappointed. Read on to find out which books I’d never touch again…
(There are detailed reviews on all of the books, if you want to find out more check out the links!)

 

1. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald):

the great gatsby
I can’t even tell you how many great things I heard about this book – everything from “a classic” to “must read for everybody”. But my excitement started to fade rather quickly.
For some reason all of the characters remained shallow until the end of the story. No way you could bond with any of them. The story didn’t hold any surprises, in fact I never even managed to thrill me. There was no point throughout the whole book where Fitzgerald would have managed to get under my skin. For me Gatsby is not that great. Continue reading

Time to Talk about Books: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Today I want to talk about the novel “American Psycho” which was published in 1991. It was written by the acclaimed Bret Easton Ellis who is said to be “Catcher in the Rye for the MTV Generation”. In 2000 the book was turned into a movie starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.

The Plot:
The diary-like written story follows the life of Patrick Bateman, a handsome and succesful young man. That’s what he appears to be on the surface. Throughout the book we learn that he is nothing less than a psychopath. He reports how he kills several women and homeless people, how he maltreat animals. Continue reading