Usually, I hate Hollywood-type stories, so I started this book thinking it would be another book I'd delete from my ereader after I read. The beginning few pages didn't change my initial impressions because it seemed sort of a rambling prose and it jumped from character to character and we didn't know how all those people connected.
Somewhere soon after, I realized I was hooked. The humor, the sarcasm, the satire, the incredulity - all of those things kept me turning pages and laughing the entire day which was all it took to finish reading. The datedness of My Gun Has Bullets didn't bother me. The action is so non-stop, I didn't have much time to think about how much the internet and social media have changed Hollywood Yes, many of the plot points were ridiculous.
However, it is supposed to be satire.
Therefore, I didn't have any problems with suspension of belief. The ridiculous plot points were just crazy enough to make fun of Hollywood while still making you wonder if Hollywood would actually stoop to that level of crazy. Really enjoyed this book, and looking forward to reading the second one in the series.
A fun bit of fluff centered around fictional L. English Choose a language for shopping. So, I was looking for something light, brain-dead and funny. Goldberg can certainly write. I don't go for zany. I raced through it, and enjoyed it the whole way, even when things got outlandish.
I had picked these two books up to read later - but then I got stuck sitting for more than two hours with my car in the shop. The story might be a bit dated for some people - what with the names of older television stars, and parodies of past television shows. Being in my 50's, I'm probably the right age to appreciate this novel.
Hopefully the second book is as good that this one. The Kindle book does have some typographical error - for instance, there were a few times when the word 'fun' was used when 'full' should have been - and a few more issues like that, but nothing major. One person found this helpful. Take the plotting of Ross Thomas, the characters of Donald Westlake, the dialogue and settings of Dan Jenkins and the reality and grittiness of Thomas Perry, add a soupcon of Harold Robbins, and, properly mixed and baked, you have a Lee Goldberg thriller.
I haven't read all of his work, but I think I will. Years ago I read somewhere that people tend not to laugh aloud when they are reading, even if they are amused. Goldberg has quite a catalog. I expect to be amused for quite a while. Can't describe how good this book was. This book was as good as any; exciting, fast-paced and funny. It was a real surprise. Now got to read his other books. He is definitely one of my favorite authors now. I gave this outrageous satire four stars because it made me laugh.
Hollywood insanity was threaded throughout the storyline. It read like a sitcom.
Lee is the funniest writer today, period. Rarely do I read books that I have to put down because I am laughing so hard, but so it is with Lee Goldberg. They are even funnier, but with Lee, you can't go wrong! I enjoyed this book enormously. I worked it in between some pretty heavy reading and it was a tonic. Wicked satire and outrageous slapstick.
The 2 bumbling and psychotic stunt men dreaming of starring in their own TV show are brilliantly drawn and deftly deployed. The topical TV references are dated now but still effective. The plot chugs smoothly along in the midst of all the madness and mayhem and the hero and heroine are totally likeable - worth rooting for. All in all My Gun Has Bullets is a refreshingly amusing mystery and well worth your time.
I'm surprised this book is so polarizing, because, on the balance, it's really quite an enjoyable story, with laugh-out-loud scenes often enough to keep your reading.
Yes, some plot points are larger than life, but it's that kind of story--an exaggeration of the genre, much like the Hollywood of the setting is larger and louder than life in every way. I raced through it, and enjoyed it the whole way, even when things got outlandish. See all 58 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 month ago. Published 5 months ago. Published 6 months ago. Published 1 year ago.
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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. In conjunction with his work on Monk and Diagnosis Murder , Goldberg wrote several original tie-in novels based on those series.
Goldberg has also written non-fiction books about the entertainment industry, including Unsold Television Pilots and Successful Television Writing. The 24th title, the Kindle Serial "Reborn," was published in January , and is the final book in the series to date. The fifth book in the series, "The Pursuit," was published in June and hit 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Both books are "Ian Ludlow" thrillers, the novelist hero sharing the same name as the pseudonym that Goldberg used to write his. A second series about Detective Eve Ronin, the youngest homicide detective on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department history, kicks off with Lost Hills in September to be followed by a sequel in .
He was the recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.
Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. This brash satire of television fare is as empty as My Gun Has Bullets (Charlie Willis Book 1) by [Goldberg, Lee]. This item:My Gun Has Bullets by Lee Goldberg Paperback $ Start reading My Gun Has Bullets (Charlie Willis Book 1) on your Kindle in under a minute.
His uncle is true crime author Burl Barer. He lives with his wife and daughter in Calabasas. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the weather forecaster, see Lee Goldberg meteorologist. Monk and the Dirty Cop". The New York Times. PW Talks to Lee Goldberg".