The thing is memory is about trust We have to trust that what we remember is fact And we have to trust what other people remember for things we never saw It was a disturbing and thrilling realization that our rasp of the truth is dependent on the honesty of older Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work generations on the companies who write history booksonce again james renner has written a kickass novel that is impossible to review it s a little bit easier than The Man from Primrose Lane because the book doesn t suddenly reinvent itself in the middle but it s definitely a book where caution is reuired in reviewing it s best if you don t know what soing to happen until it s happening all around you which is the main difference between this book and a swarm of hornetsif i had to sell it in five words it would be conspiracy theory road trip novelfortunately i have so many words like these umami pepsi make this a thing pleasenot a helpful review so far so let me try to explain there s a kind of novel that always feels like a home when i come across one i can t articulate exactly what it is about these books except that they are paradoxically both exciting and comforting to me my heart beats faster while my body relaxes they have nothing in common with each other although they freuently fall into the place where postmodern metafiction intersects with slipstream and kinda knocks you over sideways a little and has you uestioning realityRon Currie Jr The Sea Came in at Midnight Jonathan Carroll When We Were Animals Gretel and the Dark Infinite Jest Evan Dara The Dead Lands Magnetic Field etc etc it s a feeling that registers as a tightening in my armskin first and then i Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village get warm and still and my brain locks in and i m justone it feels like reading the forgotten bits of my own dreams which already sounds like the plot to a jonathan carroll novel feel free to run with it jc but also like how it feels to wake up after a seizure or a fainting spell where everything is half familiar half foreign if you ve never experienced either of those things it is like how disoriented sam must feel at the beginning of each episode of uantum leap ask your parentsbut anyway this is one of THOSE books one of MY booksit s such a specific experience i rarely Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War get deeply immersed in a book where i m not constantly aware of myself as reader but it s than just immersion it s uite physical there are plenty of books i love that don tive me this feeling and there are plenty of books that started to House of Leaves but then ended up Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French going in a different direction and all of this is just blather because i d much rather tackle the task of trying to explain some weirdo feeling iet sometimes that is likely due to an undiagnosed neurological disorder than to risk ruining this book by saying too much but for those of you who need than just how it makes my arms feel to "decide whether or not to read a book it s about history memory regret some nerd "whether or not to read a book it s about history memory regret some nerd family madness secret agencies with your best interests in mind Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America grief urban legends and what really happened to the idea that knowledge is power but memory even so and whether it s better to remember and learn from mistakes both personal and cultural or to forget every last bit of shame and humiliation and historical atrocity and start over When Jack Felter returns to his home town to help care for his dementia stricken father he winds up looking for his missing childhood friend Tony the friend that stole his high schoolirlfriend Jack meets Tony s last patient a kid named Cole with a very compelling delusion that everything we think we know about history is wrongAfter reading The Man from Primrose Lane and True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray I just had to read James Renner The Great Forgetting made him rise even higher in my esteemThe Great Forgetting is a mind bender of Phillip K Dickian proportions How much do we trust the history books How much do we trust our own memories What if the conspiracy theories are true This book raises those uestions and It s best to At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture go into this book unprepared so I m notoing to spoil the particulars Once the truth behind Cole Tony and the rest of what was actually Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity going on was revealed I had a hard time doing anything but finishing itIf I had to complain about something which I won t is that the characters were a little thin However I loved Jack and his father The Captain Colerew on me as well but I hated Tony and didn t
Trust Sam Hell Even Sam Hell even and the Maestro turned out to have hidden depthsThe tension toward the end was almost maddening I haven t felt this engrossed with a book since the Dark Tower series That s as Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism great a compliment as I canive any book Five out of five stars Friday afternoon in the psych wardMan am I Boggs: A Comedy of Values glad to see you again I was starting too a little stir crazy in here Seriously these idiots are just impossible to talk to I ve tried you know really tried to Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago get through to them but they think I m delusional They re too farone to realize that I m the only sane one in here You mind closing the door These walls have ears if you know what I mean and I don t wanna add any fuel to their fire Pull up a chair time is of the essence The situation Berlioz and the Romantic Century grows despe. Jack Felter a history teacher returns home to bucolic Franklin Mills Ohio to care for his father a retired pilot who suffers from dementia and is uickly losing his memory Jack would love to forget about Franklin Mills and about Sam theirl he fell in love with who ran off with his best friend Tony Except Tony.
James Renner ✓ 3 downloadIp mainly that his old bestie Tony who also happens to be his high school sweetheart Sam s husband has Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago gone missing Reluctantly Jack agrees to help track down his old friend which leads him to one of Tony s former psychiatric patients a boy named Cole who will attempt to open Jack s eyes to the truth of The Great Forgetting Then Sometimes Iet the feeling that none of this is right So much mindblowing Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd that s all I can tell you Okay well maybe not alllll This book is smart Like wicked smart But don t let that intimidate you Renner has done a Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) great job of providing a cast of characters that are all Average Joes While they find themselves put in spectacular circumstances they are people with notenius Is so you never Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture get lost in the crazy that is being thrown at you Renner also does something that normally I hate he inundates the reader with the present Now this may end up being a novel that doesn t uite stand the test of time but for today Right now This sonofabitch WORKS If you re into conspiracy theories and a story that stays on eleven for the duration The Great Forgetting is not one to be missed Be prepared to uestion everything Oh and make sure toet your foil hat fitted before even beginning Every star there is to starAlright Review over now for the full disclosure BS I never had contact with James Renner until he personally messaged me and asked if I would like to review his new book Turns out he saw my review of The Man From Primrose Lane which all of you should immediately read because the man ain t no one hit wonder and didn t despise my One Touch of Scandal giffy style SUCK IT GIF HATERS Upon receiving said message I was veryrateful to have stocked up on my supply of and proceeded to run around the house screaming about how awesome I am to my non book loving family who haven t yet figured out that I m kind of a big deal I should probably float my reviews all day every day freuently in order to break into the Top 5 of the fake popularity contest Whatevs Anyway to make a long story even longer endless thanks to Mr Renner and to Trudi who turned me on to his work in the first place I can t wait to see what your crazy brain comes up with next What starts out as an intriguing mystery novel eventually turns into a devilishly wild ride of conspiracy theory SF and this simple statement does nothing to explain just how CRAZY it ll Bulletproof Feathers get I m a very big fan of crossenre fiction and this one really fits the bill in a big big way The mystery is clever and engaging and fascinatingly strange but what really struck my fancy was just how Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store good the characters are So much has happened in their lives and justetting to the point of the next reveal kept me Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 glued to the page These aren t even big reveals just character reveals and yet because Jack kept digging this whole book took on a fantastic dimension that justot deeper and deeper as we find out about Tony and Cole and the way the human mind I almost forgot to write this review ba dum buma complex fast paced scifi tinged thriller that often feels like a lighthearted romp despite the heavy themes and upsetting deaths on display reat artists will continually revisit their pet subjects and themes Renner
clearly a reat writer does the same in this second novel whicha Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) great writer does the same in this second novel which again with how humans processrief loss and trauma often by wait for it forgetting but also by rewriting histories both personal and large scale in his ingenious and mind boggling first novel Judge for yourself its believability and then try to tell yourself no matter where you may be it couldn t happen here Carl Kolchak from THE NIGHT STALKER movieHoly Cowwhat did I just read THE GREAT FORGETTING blew my mind Author James Renner really puts the hammer down with conspiracy theories well drawn characters and thrill ride like pacing in this uniue and original novel I also loved how he paid homage to such a vast array of pop culture books and history in his story telling SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEADWithin these pages you will find DB Cooper THE DEADLIEST CATCH tv show plus Captain Phil The Koch brothers 12 Angry Men FAHRENHEIT 451 and even the classic Saturday morning TV show LANCELOT LINK SECRET CHIMP end spoiler Not to mention a host of other cool stuff If Ernest Cline teamed up with Douglas Preston Lincoln Child the result might very well be something like THE GREAT FORGETTING This story was reminiscent of the old NIGHT STALKER series and "even so probably could have been made into an X FILES movie Just a fantastic readI don "so probably could have been made into an X FILES movie Just a fantastic readI don know exactly when I was in this office last Some ways it seems like I never left But no that s not right For at least a few days I was away far away in the hands of men with no faces and no names They broke me down broke my story down telling me how it hadn t happened the way I claimed At least that s what I think they did between injections Memories fade fast enough without chemical help but if I don t tell this story now I don t think I ever will Carl Kolchak from Mr RING Almost a 4 star but I cannot round it up It was at least 4 star in entertainment value until the last 13rd of the book Then it was notThe time conundrums and other facile interconnections of Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide gradients as this book definesradients did not ma. Catskills and eventually to a forgotten island in the Pacific the final destination of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370When Jack learns the details about the program known as the Great Forgetting he's faced with the timeless uestion Is it better to forget our reatest mistake or to remember so it's never repeated. .
Rate by the day The alarming rate at which things are progressing is untenable man You have ot to Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 get me out of hereFirst things first though have you started boiling your water Good Thanks for humoring m I m so remiss in my reviews of late but I really wanted to make sure I wrote something for this one to draw your attention to it A because it s a whole lot of wacky weird and wild fun something I ve come to expect from this author and B said author wasenerous enough to send me a copy in the mail so the very least I can do is tell the reading world what I thought of it James Renner is the author of the mind bending enre mashing The Man from Primrose Lane and you really must read that one if you are looking for something that is wholly unlike anything else There was some buzz a few years back that Bradley Cooper had been tapped to star in a film adaptation but no updates on that yet I didn t know what to expect in picking up The Great Forgetting but you can bet I approached it with keen anticipation Renner is a brave author who doesn t ever make safe choices He marches out into the badlands of crazy and bewildering sees what he finds there and then puts it into his story It doesn t always work but considering the kind of uniue crazy pants he s peddling it works amazingly unforgettably heh well most of the time This one starts as almost a uiet domestic drama an unassuming high school teacher returns to his hometown where his sister is looking after their senile father Jack has to deal with an ex irlfriend who married his best childhood friend Tony But Tony has Classic Rough News gone missing and his wife wants Jack to help heret him declared deceased In his efforts to do this Jack meets a boy named Cole the last person Tony had any significant contact with before his disappearance Cole is a patient in a psychiatric ward suffering from complex and paranoid delusions Or are they The Jack talks to him the further down the rabbit hole he Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) goes And takes us with him Side note of interest James Renner is definitely an author to watch And while he has a noteworthy talent spinning wild and crazy tales of speculative fiction Renner is also a dedicated true crime writer He is currently researching the unsolved disappearance of Umass nursing student Maura Murray and will publish True Crime Addict in May 2016 about his experiences The Maura Murray case is a real life rabbit hole story and it is very easy to become lost in all the moving pieces and arm chair detective theories that exist for this cold case Renner also maintains a blog of his ongoing investigations that makes for riveting reading if you are into that sort of thing Two young armchair detectives are also hosting a pretty decent podcast right now about the Maura Murray case in which Renner has been auest The hosts are currently at work on a documentary In the immortal words of Jack Black from Tenacious D this book is my Cream Dream Supreme I fell in love before I was done with the first page The story is right up my alley with conspiracy theories and overnment cover ups and it is about as original a book as I have ever read The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins and The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch come to mind in terms of just how uniue this one was and it will have a place among my favorite reads ever There was a part in the beginning where the main character is at "A COUNTY FAIR AND NOTICES A GIRL FOR THE " county fair and notices a irl for
the time that is among the most beautiful things ever writtentime that is among the most beautiful things ever written had such an impact I forgot I what I was reading for a minute and was fine if it had morphed into a straight up love story But enough with the suishy stuff I sincerely had a ton of fun reading this and at times sat back and marveled at the scope of the author s imagination I mean where does he come up with this stuff The pacing was perfect the characters so real it hurt and I was praying he stuck the landing and I would not be stuck with an awesome 78 of a book only to be disappointed with the ending Happy to say the conclusion was satisfying appropriate and my only Common People: The History of An English Family gripe was the damn book wasn t five hundred pages longer This book spoke to me I dreamed about it while sleeping and it consumed my attention while awake Love is not a strong enough word for my experience reading this and I cannot recommend it enough I dive it 6 stars if I could shit probably even 7 Find all of my "Reviews At This Came "at this came yesterday and it s amazing so it Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare gets a bump Don t like it Life is long Longer than we allow ourselves to remember Understatement of the year I motherf ing LOVED this Holy hell Where do I begin Okay so The Great Forgettingrabs you right from the cover So appealing to the eye so understated so perfect Then you open it and discover it s totally un put down able and that it s also one of those books where anything you say about it might be considered too much Which leaves a Kelly and Mitchell combo who have looked pretty much like this ever since finishing the book on Saturday The basics are our MC Jack is a history teacher who plans to spend his summer vacation conquest and community:the afterlife of warrior saint ghazi miyan giving his sister a much needed break from dealing with their father who is uickly fading away due to dementia It doesn t take long for Jack to catch up on small townoss. Has Composition and Literature: Bridging the Gap gone missingSoon Jack is pulled into the search for Tony but the only one who seems to know anything is Tony's last patient a paranoid boy named Cole Jack must team up with Cole to follow Tony's trail and maybe save the world Their journey will lead them to Manhattan and secret facilities buried under the.