There are some lovely moments of sly humour particularly with a key name. The history of characters is well-researched. Everything works, and works well.
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Is it a ghost story? Suspense, horror, comedy, tragedy?
A little of everything, perhaps. I try not to draw comparisons to other works in these pages, but the one which sprang most readily to my mind was Haruki Murikami. And it's a favourable comparison. As ever, I try to find something to balance the positive in each review, but in this event I'm genuinely stuck. The best I can come up with is that I'm not too keen on the cover.
Ewald has produced an absolute gem of a book, and I genuinely cannot wait for his next work. Oct 24, Mary C. He Who Shall Remain Shameless is an adventure that is absurd, yet fascinating. Ewald's narrator is obsessed with finding the almost-famous and expanding their online presence.
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Most, if not all of these people are dead. Watch and learn as the narrator interviews the ghost of Harriet Quimby, the first female airplane pilot, and Linda Gary a voice-over actress for the cartoon She-Ra, and others, as he attempts to steer them towards what he believes is their salvation online. As bizarre as this world was, I found myself enjoying the collection of stories more and more as I read deeper and deeper. Once you understand what the heck is going on, it becomes absorbing. The best part is, all of the ghosts in Ewald's world are real characters that you can look up and read about.
Who knows, maybe their online presence is thanks to the narrator and Ishy.
My only complaint was, I found the conclusion to be very unsatisfying and confusing and not in the good confusing way. I think the author took the easy way out, and thus the end doesn't quite resonant with the rest of the work. But that didn't really matter, as each vignette stood alone very well, so the conclusion wasn't all that important.
I would recommend this to fans of absurdest literature as well as up-market fiction readers. It was quite fun! Nov 30, Lilyn G. Its just different enough that I was never quite sure if I liked it or not.
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The absurdity and grimness that quite often went hand in hand both appealed to, and repulsed me. In my mind, this is definitely a niche book. If you favor the absurd, and finding out random stuff ab He Who Shall Remain Shameless is probably the oddest thing I read in Otherwise, definitely read the reviews first, and approach with caution. Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
How could this tale fail to fascinate? The protagonist is David Ewald - not the author, but a fictional character with the same name as the author - and he's on a mission to protect some of history's noteworthy, yet relatively obscure, from being erased from memory forever. Ewald is, in a very literal sense, accompanied by the Internet as a companion. This is fresh, unexpected writing, with a little bit of everything: It's a dark, heavy novel that never feels too heavy.
Lovers of cerebral metafiction will delight in it. There were some darker, more suspensful stories that I thought worked quite well, but then there are some lighter, satirical stories that didn't amuse me as much as I think they were meant to. That contrast in styles was rather jarring, and it kept me from settling in.
There's a nice sense of history to the story, and it really feels as if Ewald did his homework, but ultimately I just found that it was taking me longer and longer to return to it after each story. Fans of satire, off-beat horror, adventure and literary fiction. Bianka rated it liked it Mar 04, Goodbadbizarre rated it liked it Apr 27, Aneesa marked it as to-read Jun 30, Brad marked it as to-read Mar 16, Natasha Morgan marked it as to-read Nov 07, L marked it as to-read Mar 21, Ellie Red marked it as to-read Mar 06, Fenia marked it as to-read Mar 06, Joey Woolfardis marked it as to-read Feb 10, Emily added it Jun 12, Diane davis is currently reading it Sep 25, Beth Ringwald is currently reading it Mar 10, Karen Townsend is currently reading it Aug 28, Laura marked it as to-read Apr 26, Conrad Pollock marked it as to-read Mar 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Videos About This Book. Visit him at http: Books by David Ewald. No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Our protagonist, who shares the same name as the author of this book but definitely isn't him and that's explained in the book , believes that the internet can keep the memory of people alive forever. All he needs to do is convince them to embrace it. That kind of describes Ewald's story too. Each chapter is about a ghost the protagonist encounters and some were better than others. In some chapters, Ewald successfully builds suspense; particularly with those who died a violent death.
These are his better chapters. Other chapters fall short when Ewald abandons suspense in favor of a satirical approach, as when the protagonist encounters King Aegeus of Greek legend.
It's as if Ewald isn't certain what type of novel he's trying to write. Ewald deserves credit for his research. As each ghost was introduced, I couldn't help but see what I could learn of them from a couple of quick searches I discovered Mr. Ewald's fingerprints on multiple occasions. While I knew of a couple of these figures, most of them were unknown to me. Ewald deftly collects fragments and scraps of these lost souls and builds believable characters out of them.
Again, those in the suspenseful chapters proved to be the most memorable.