Wednesday, May 21, 2014

City Solipsism by Zack Love ~Review~ *****

Have you ever been on a train, bus, metro/subway — or any other shared space with strangers — and started to wonder what that person right next to you is thinking? Did you ever start to think or hope that maybe your temporary neighbor was somehow sharing your thoughts and/or desires? Ever sensed some sort of romantic connection or sexual tension and wished you could get into the individual’s head, to know for sure?
“City Solipsism” will take you on a journey into the mind of one commuter on a New York City subway car, riding next to and thinking about a person standing awkwardly close…The man and woman are total strangers but their proximity is almost intimate, as their hands share the same metal subway pole…
NOTE: Readers seeking the over-top hilarity of “Sex in the Title” should know that “City Solipsism” is written in a very different style. Rather than a comedic series of misadventures in New York, this short story takes more of a philosophical and psychological walk through the mind of a male New Yorker observing the woman standing next to him.

When I started City Solipsism I didn’t know what to expect, but what I got was all around brilliance. I love that Zack isn’t afraid to write books that are completely different than what I’m used to reading. This is one of those books; it is definitely one of the most insightful writings you will read.
Jack is your ordinary guy and I enjoyed getting inside his head and know what he was thinking. I mean we all do it. We set somewhere a doctor office, a subway, a restaurant and look at the people around us. Wondering what they are thinking, where they’re going or what it would be like to talk to them and get to know them better.
I love how intriguing Jack’s character is. He is always thinking of the outcome and pondering around the what if’s. He is one of those that believe things happen for a reason including a chance encounter with a beautiful woman. I felt bad for Jack when we get a little insight on his past relationships. I wanted him to find that Florence was definitely put in his path for some wonderful reason. I felt so bad for him when he and she go their separate ways and he doesn’t speak to her. You are just left wondering where it will all lead. And let me add that the ending is priceless and just outstanding.
So if you love to read something a little different and get into the head of a man who can’t seem to understand why the beautiful woman beside him was put there then you need to give this little short story a read. It’s definitely worth reading and a wonderful book.
5 *'s  
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Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.
To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.
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