Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson(2 out of 5)

There was a heavy sigh of expectation that this was going to be similiar in awesomeness to Chuck Klosterman’s “Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs.” I wish that had been the case. It got great reviews in last month’s UK GQ, and it sounded great, so I ordered it in and bought it. Who is Jon Ronson? He’s the author of last year’s New York Times bestseller The Psychopath Test. He’s also the author of a little known book called “Men Who Stare At Goats” that turned into a well-known thing after George Clooney started in the movie adaptation of the book. I thought he might be related to Mick Ronson, producer extraordinaire, but no such association. So he was new grounds for me, as I hadn’t read his other books. 

The best story in the collection is no doubt the Robbie Williams story about his fascination and with UFO and alien abductions. The fact that he’s allowed to hang out with Robbie Williams while he pursues this side interest and allowed to write about it-  pretty cool. Also pretty cool is the first story about The Idiot Clown Posse-oops, I mean Insane Clown Posse- and their finding Jesus, etc. That in itself is eyebrow raising. Jon manages to stay impartial, but despite the differences in experiences and stories that he puts forth to the reader, it just doesn’t grab you. He has a very straight-forward style of writing, the only problem is that you read and read and read story after story, but none of them truly stick. That’s the only problem here, you read the stories, but they don’t stay in your head and heart after you put the book down. If I don’t find myself revisiting the book with others, then likely it didn’t make a dent in my psyche. Therefore, I can only give this collection 2 stars. It’s good, but it’s not knockout work. 

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~ by generationgbooks on January 16, 2013.

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