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  • By Patricia Parkinson
    Feb 28, 2005
    "Coffee Joe, By Jim O'Connor" I think Coffee Joe is a great book waiting to happen. The story has such potential if fully developed. It is set in the future where the government pretty much runs the show. Joe gets busted for caffeine use and loses his job because of that. When Joe decides to hang out at the local cafe, things start happening... The problems I had with the book were: Joe's age and appearance were never revealed, along with the supporting characters. Since this is a futuristic book, there was not enough description to get a feel for the time and place where the story unfolds. I didn't understand the ending and how it came about. But the story pulled me in so that I had to keep reading. As I stated earlier the book has such potential to be a great book. So on that note, I would recommend it.
  • By rabscuttle
    Aug 31, 2004
    "Review of Coffee Joe, By Jim O'Connor" The world painted in "Coffee Joe" by Jim O'Connor is a stark, blighted America of the near future. An America where meat, cigarettes and even caffeinated coffee are all declared illegal. An America where, to insure that we are protected, citizens are subjected to random drug tests (for caffeine and other offending substances), fed fluoridated sweetener instead of sugar and have their computer scrutinized on an almost daily basis for illicit software. An America where social engineering borders on the brink of insanity. In this world we meet Joe. Jim O'Connor's book presents us with Joe in a first person narrative. Joe has just lost his job for testing positive for caffeine, stops by his favorite diner to contemplate his next move and here's where the fun begins. Through it's five brisk chapters, Jim O'Connor takes us deeper into Joe’s America of tomorrow and how Joe fights back. This book has a great premise, and some very... More > tight and illustrative prose. The dialog seems a couple of rewrites away from being "worth a read" to being a very good book. Because of it's being written from a first person perspective, we get great insight into the person of Joe. The book does leave a couple of promising turns untied, and the ending at best seems off the tale, pretty abrupt, anti-climatic and really, a bit confusing. There are also some minor proof-reading errors in the book (words spelled correctly, but the wrong word used - for example using the phrase "foreign evasion" when the book meant to use "foreign invasion"), as well as a brief, abrupt change of font for about 8 paragraphs in the middle of the book. That being said, I did find myself thinking about the America set-up by Jim O'Connor in "Coffee Joe" and how really unnervingly close to our reality this could become in just some 16 odd years. Thinking about a book in this way could almost be the highest compliment that can be given. "Coffee Joe" kept me coming back and caring about what would happen to Joe and to America. "Coffee Joe" by Jim O'Connor gives you a good read, and then some - I'd definitely recommend it as a book to get and read.< Less
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Lulu Enterprises, Inc.
July 7, 2004
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.52 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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