Men are the thing to fear
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History sometimes suggests that the only thing worse than a man without a purpose is a man with one. Be that as it may, Danny Kaneen, failed novelist, womanizer, part-time gourmet chef and problem drinker, is unwittingly and hilariously failing his way toward a better understanding of the suffering world, right here in the benighted landscape of the American masses. He's stumbling toward a purpose. Together with his unscrupulous lawyer friend Dale Credenza, Danny is unwittingly on a collision course with human need. And with love. Look out. Be afraid. Such discoveries don't always have the effect you'd expect.
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Jan 9, 2015This book is really a great read. There are parts that had me laughing out loud and others that had me shaking my head and saying "WTF!". Danny is a despicable character but to be honest, most of us can see him looking back at us from the bathroom mirror. I read it twice and enjoyed it more the second time around. A great first effort and I look forward to more work by Mr. Morrison.
Jul 15, 2014Reviewed by: Lisa Brown-Gilbert, Pacific Book Review An evocative work of contemporary fiction Men are the Thing to Fear by author Robert Morrison is an absorbing read that draws readers into the captivatingly debauched world of central character Danny Kaneen, an anti – hero who evolves into a surprising hero. For author Robert Morrison this is his first published novel in which he successfully proves his mettle as a literate fiction storyteller. By virtue of the title alone readers will find that they are intrigued enough to dip into this book but once they are into the story they will find that they are compelled to follow the story through to the end. The story revolves around the life and times of Danny Kaneen, the intriguing principal character who candidly narrates the intimacies of his actions, thoughts, and desires. He shares a bawdy and selfish viewpoint, which will evoke a range of reactions from the reader, sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, and sometimes enraging and at... More > other times deeply insightful. Danny is an imperfect man but a perfectly engaging character by virtue of his weakness for drink, his lack of direction in his career, and hedonistic attitude towards women which makes you want to hate him but you are drawn to keep reading out of curiosity to see where this rake of a character winds up. Danny lives for the thrills of a good time and does not take life seriously so when his world comes crashing in on him through a series of unfortunate events he struggles to find his way to a happy and productive path. However, despite his shortcomings a slight undercurrent of empathy runs within Danny Kaneen that eventually helps him to evolve as a character. While on his road to redemption, he has to face some undeniable truths and make a serious but heroic life altering decision, which helps him to come to terms with not only his personal issues but also the issues of those closest to him. I enjoyed reading Men are the Thing to Fear, it was an entertaining, character driven and cohesively plotted read that kept my interested piqued until the end. Author Robert Morrison has a writing style that is intelligent and demonstrates a genuine talent for weaving a story with fascinating characters faced with real life situations and issues relevant to current modern society. I recommend this book to any adult reader that likes a well-told, realistic story.< Less
Jul 6, 2014“Men are the Thing to Fear”, is the first novel by author Robert Morrison. The cover is as compelling as the title, so I was intrigued to read the work. Like a chorus follows a verse, the book is written first as a “blue comedy” (a comedy that is largely about sex, and often contains shocking sexual imagery), then transitions into a “black comedy” (humor that makes light of otherwise serious subject matter, such as death, or abuse). The characters, many with different countries of origin, cultures and dialects, leap off the page with funny scenes of miscommunication and incorrect interpretation, while we learn more about the main character, Danny, and his penchant for haphazard sexual relationships. After a series of meaningless conquests, Danny sets out to employ a tactic just to attract more women to augment his long line of empty, singular encounters. However, in the process, he draws to himself a wealth of surprisingly satisfying, redeeming and more true relationships. I became... More > very engaged in his transformation from casual predator, to nurturer and vigilant protector, and enjoyed the page-turning story to the end.< Less
Jun 10, 2014I know I should have hated this protagonist, Danny Kaneen, at least until the end, but I was laughing so hard I couldn’t bring myself to—especially as I found myself able to identify with him. This may be the book’s greatest charm and importance; the author meets sense and idiocy, prejudice and understanding, savagery and civilization, halfway—right where he may meet a great many of his male readers—and recruits them by dangerous means to a better purpose in this violent, frightening age for America. And it’s just so damn funny, and disturbing, and profound, and full of life good and bad. Great read, great entertainment.
Apr 29, 2014Morrison did an extraordinary job on this novel. It is extremely well written and actually made me laugh out loud at times. The characters are well defined and all of the different subplots blend amazingly well into one great storyline. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys losing themselves to a good story.
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- Robert Morrison (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Robert Morrison
- March 8, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.23 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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