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“Characters and timelines interwoven to provide the reader with different points of view for the same events. Also, great insight into what it must be like for a seasoned reporter to experience the monstrous changes in the print industry as electronic books and newspapers grow in popularity.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Disappointing. Cliched, too many characters, lost track of what the heck was going on. Like his nonfiction so much more.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Pete Hamill continues to be one of my faves.”Mary Clarendon wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Disappointing. Cliched, too many characters, lost track of what the heck was going on. Like his nonfiction so much more.”Linda wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really more of a 2.5 stars”Casey C wrote this review Friday, November 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“fast paced and full of city energy, enjoyed the characters and the connections. loved the newspaper business story. ”patricia s wrote this review Tuesday, August 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pete Hamill's Tabloid City is like book turned into a poetic mural about New York City. I loved the way that he weaved together so many different stories into such a great treasure.
He starts off with the city room of the New York World and the Editor in Chief, 71 year old Editor in chief, Sam Briscoe looking for the "wood" (the big story of the issue). I loved the references to the newsrooms of the past and the feeling of nostalgia. There was sort of a gritty romance with the city. With the Internet news, you don't get to know the people writing the stories.
Helen Loomis like Sam, is another reluctant bridge to the past, aching for a smoke and using her column, nicknamed "Vics and Dicks" to give people a few laughs for the day about dumb criminals.
There are many more characters, a victim of serving in Iraq, now in a wheelchair, a black converted to a terrorist group and his father heartsick and working against it. A sad but real love story between Sam Briscoe and very intelligent and generous woman and so many unforgetable stories make up this complex painting.
I really loved this book, everything fit together the gritty and the beautiful, the sad and regretful, and it was all pure poetry to me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a feeling for the complex city of New York and also enjoy great and I mean great writing.
Come on, read it, if you don’t like it, you can blame me!”
“ I love Pete Hammill, old-school NYC newspaper man writing! Post-read....kind of a disappointment”paula k wrote this review Saturday, June 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautifully written, though a bit slow. Great treatise on the demise of the American newspaper.”Rick B wrote this review Tuesday, May 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“April 2012 Book Club Read... Book was very busy. Some of the girls got the audio and liked it better. It started as a newsroom story....too many stories within a story.”BeBe wrote this review Thursday, April 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Some highlights at times, and good for people who like the genre, but not a great read for general audiences.”Dave M wrote this review Monday, March 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hamill serves up a gritty slice of NYC noir in his latest novel, centered around a daily tabloid teetering on the brink of obsolescence. The breakneck pace of the narrative parallels the journalists' race to beat the clock and score "the wood" (lead story), an effect heightened by Hamill's staccato style. Good stuff! ”Darra W wrote this review Saturday, November 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No