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Random Acts of Senseless Violence By Jack Womack Random Acts of Senseless Violence Jack Womack s fifth novel centers on Lola Hart a girl whose family falls on hard times and moves to near future Harlem There surrounded by the new language and violence of the streets Lola s metamo
  • Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
  • Author: Jack Womack
  • ISBN: 9780246138507
  • Page: 497
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  • Random Acts of Senseless Violence By Jack Womack Jack Womack s fifth novel centers on Lola Hart, a girl whose family falls on hard times and moves to near future Harlem There, surrounded by the new language and violence of the streets, Lola s metamorphosis begins Womack astounds and entertains Publishers Weekly.
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    1. Jack Womack

      Womack s fiction may be determinedly non cyber, but, with its commitment to using SF as a vehicle for social critique, it definitely has a punky edge William Gibson once said that he thought he was interested in basic economics and politics than the average blue sky SF writer That counts double for Womack, whose fiction is packed with grimly amusing social satire and powerful little allegories exploring urban breakdown, class war and racial tensions Jim McClellan from an interview with Jack Womack, 1995.

    936 thoughts on “Random Acts of Senseless Violence”

    1. This book should be as famous as A Clockwork Orange like that one it has its own language and pictures a near future urban nightmare featuring gangs of feral children.But it isn t Perhaps the problem is the title, which is, when you look at it objectively, completely crap Perhaps the problem is that when people see that it s about a near future urban nightmare featuring gangs of feral children they think huh, I already read one like that.Doesn t stop them reading umpteen books about vampires tho [...]

    2. Well, in the areas of dark apocalypse fiction this one takes the cake I m reading a lot of dark books starring children lately, come to think about it.This is like a book version of the Telltale Walking Dead game starring Clem I don t have any better description, actually It s super dark Breakdown of society Diary entries of a kid Lord of the Flies ish Between this and Station Eleven I need to read a bunch of romance fluff for a while, haha.

    3. So tough to rate.1 Exquisite writing Mind blowingly marvelous The shifting voice of the MC is compelling and utterly believable.I ve penned myself dry with all I writ You give ear when everybody deafs and lend me shoulder constant if tears need dropping.2 The book kept me up ALL NIGHT I was unable to stop reading because I had to find out about Iz and Boob and Lola.3 At the same time, I hated the plot I m not saying it was a bad plot It was gripping and perfectly structured It s no mean feat to [...]

    4. Dear DiaryYou are the only one I can turn too when I am troubled and have no one to talk too My friends are all reading a book called Random Acts of Senseless Violence written by a guy named Jack Womack They think it s so cool and it does have a cool name and cover and I really wanted to like it Really I did but I just finished reading it and I feel kinda meh about it Maybe I was expecting from it, or maybe dear Diary, maybe I m too old to be cool any Or maybe it s just not anything very specia [...]

    5. OK, this novel, my second of Womack s and a sort of prequel to Ambient and Elvissey, although none of the same characters, the near future setting of NYC is the same Don t let the title scare u, this isn t by any stretch just a senseless exploitative scary story it s one of the greatest, most heartbreaking well written novels i ve read in a long time Even though it s along the lines of A Clockwork Orange, it s definitely original and way better in my opinion I m not really into coming of age boo [...]

    6. This is perhaps Jack Womack s unsung masterpiece Published originally in 1993, this book of America in dystopic breakdown is as sharp and alive today as it was then Told entirely through the diary entries of a sixth grader who watches her world transform as her own voice transforms within it, the book is a wonder How in the world did it slip off the radar I cannot do it justice in a review, save to say, this is something every sf reader from YA up should seek out and read If you re a reader or a [...]

    7. The best piece of dystopian fiction I ve read in a long time A very disturbing novel, the diary of a twelve year old girl living the beginning of a slow apocalypse and her transformation from the best girl in the school into an end of the world child Sometimes it was almost to disturbing watching this apocalypse creeping into her world, her city, her street, her building, her family and finally into her soul I m astonished that almost nobody seems to have read this brilliant book Read it and I m [...]

    8. The trouble with reading dystopian fiction all the time is that bad dystopias are annoying, good dystopias are depressing, and excellent dystopias are devastating This is the third kind Random Acts of Senseless Violence tells the story of America s implosion in the brilliantly immediate format of a tweenager s diary The writer is plunged straight into the life of Lola, a twelve year old girl living with her parents and younger sister in New York The way that total social breakdown plays out in t [...]

    9. This book began poorly I was so very, very bored and unimpressed with the story Some how or another I picked the book up not knowing that the entire work is the diary of a twelve year old girl I try hard to not read anything about a book once I have decided to read it and this kind of bit me in the butt in this case The story is lacking that extra spark and I am biased against books with minor protagonists The title is misleading The shelves people have thrown the book onto are misleading This i [...]

    10. This is a well written book It is told from the point of view of a young girl whom we get to watch disintegrate in exquisite detail Some will respond that it s not her disintegration, but in a very real sense it s the story of her and her society coming apart As I said, it s very well done and I know many rate this book very highly.So, this is one of the most depressing, sad, harrowing books out there and if that s what you re looking for you will have found it here.I rate books on than just co [...]

    11. This book is awesome, and it s a during the apocalypse epistolary YA book full of teen lesbians, which all adds up to why on earth haven t I heard about this before now especially since it was written in 1995 One of the things that makes this book so good is that it s the story of the transformation of a girl from a sheltered, private school attending, not concerned about anything person to someone who ends up abandoning her family because they re not very helpful and making her own way in the w [...]

    12. I found this a quick and engaging read Truth be told, I m wondering if I lack some empathy gene, because I didn t find it nearly as harrowing or depressing as many other reviews have stated Partly, I think, is because the author started focusing on Lola s descent into violence the gradual shift in voice and action is skillfully done than fleshing her out as a character take away her burgeoning sexuality and what else is there And, honestly, is it really futuristic dystopian This sh t is already [...]

    13. Fantastic, moving and poetic YA, maybe, if A Clockwork Orange or Lord of the Flies or 1984 are YA The end left me with a big lump in my throat I thought of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, then of Charly in Flowers for Algernon, then of Hamlet s The readiness is all as he avenged his father s murder and sealed his own fate I also thought of all the sweet, innocent, abandoned, grief stricken kids I ve known who ve been sucked into gangs, the Juvenile Justice system and early deaths And now tears. [...]

    14. Una obra valiente y estremecedora olvidada hasta su recuperaci n hace unos a os De las mejores novelas de ciencia ficci n de los 90.

    15. My wish for this year is that just once, just one time, just for a second, there would be a Jack Womack book that I could actually recommend to people Because he s a good author And as I slowly maneuver my way through the DryCo books, I do like them quite a bit The futurespeak isn t completely impenetrable, the plots are intriguing and kind of freaky, and there s something very organic about the world of the books But the ones I ve read, I can t recommend Random Acts of Senseless Violence doesn [...]

    16. This book is bleak Bleak as in baby sparrow being left to die in the middle of a desolate moor during a heavy winter sleet storm after its mother and siblings were eaten by a sadistic cat, who probably wasn t even hungry just cruel, just so so cruel.It s also a good book.Lola a clever happy 12 year old living a comfortable existence in the upper west side in New York starts a diary Day by day she chronicles a steadily disintegrating society and the impact it has on her and her family as they str [...]

    17. I happened upon this book on a list of most underrated unknown works Upon completion, I m not sure if I agree with that designation While I liked the fictional setting of a near future New York on the brink of collapse and anarchy, that may be about all that I liked It was written in a dear diary format that I found irksome, but not nearly so irksome as the 12 year old girl as written by middle aged white male perspective It never rang true to me This became even grating as the narrator, over t [...]

    18. Take Oliver Twist, A Clockwork Orange, and Maggie, a Girl of the Streets and beat them into a pulp with a baseball bat, and you ve got Random Acts.The last line made my heart lurch in horror, and not cynical, unfeeling horror of The Wasp Factory, but the kind that comes from genuine despair I m afraid that this is one of those books I m going to be cornering unsuspecting people with at parties and saying Have you read this f cking thing while they cough and try to shuffle away.Mindlost and unsou [...]

    19. It deserves 5 stars, probably It s full of so much reality, though, that I can t bring myself to do it All the content and trigger warnings, folks All of em I literally envisioned their second house as the one where trauma first happened to me at Lola s age This is not an easy book.Reading this book in the time of Trump was like circling the sucking, swirling depression hole blindfolded You re just asking for it I found myself pushing to get to the end so I wouldn t have to keep living in it.The [...]

    20. Recommended on YALSA BK as a good dystopian title starring a 12 year old girl.Random Acts is the story of a young girl in a near future Manhattan dealing with an increasingly violent culture Over the course of about six months, Lola s life falls from upper middle class life into violent crime and life on the streets The novel watches her life, instincts, and language change Of particular note is this language thing The first entries are in traditional conservative modern grammer By the end, you [...]

    21. Thanks BBC2 A good read for recommending this one Would have never picked it up otherwise Really enjoyed the depiction of a society under thread couldn t exactly work out if it was some sort of dictatorship, terrorism, but it didn t matter and what it feels like to lose control of your fate due to economic circumstances which you can t influence Also thought it showed the helplesness of middle class people in these circumstances without a social support systems as we enjoy in most European count [...]

    22. This novel should be compusory reading in every school Maybe I am biased Maybe it s because I can remember New York City in 1993 and the vibe in the air back then that this was indeed the beginning of the end.Although the book is set decades into the future, Womack could not have anticipated how fast events would occur nor how the apocalyptic urban chaos he describes would be outdone by reality within eight years Still, it s prescient, no doubt, and the teenage Lola, as the antithetical Anne Fra [...]

    23. What a book The emotional roller coaster was so intense, poor Lola If you want a grim portrayal of what our future might look like in the next decades then read this book.

    24. This is a very good novel that I think was done a disservice by being pigeonholed by publishers as a SF work due to the author s previous novels Aside from being set in the near future as imagined in the 1990s it really had nothing sci fi about it and I can see where it would have struggled to fit with the for hard genre reading crowd It was also poorly dressed I had an early paperback edition and the blurb on the back even had multiple inconsistencies with the content that makes me think the pu [...]

    25. I almost never contact authors about their work, but this book was so brilliant and disturbing, and so under appreciated, that I tweeted at poor Jack Womack who was very kind and appreciative To me it felt like it made up for the books I was supposed to find radical or mind altering, like On the Road or Clockwork Orange, which to me just seemed like oppression of women dressed up as revolutionary.This book follows the early adolescence of a girl in New York, as society starts to erode around he [...]

    26. Ah, thank you, S.F Masterworks series Another literary spec fic book that I would have never found otherwise Like the Clarke book, this one opens with an impassioned intro from another author William Gibson , explaining why this is such a secret, cult favorite I m liable to agree It s original, explosive, exaggerated, tragicomic, and did I mention original It s double original It s n original It was fun and dark and demented I loved it The titular random act of senseless violence occurs late in [...]

    27. One of the few reading experiences in which a male author evokes a female protagonist so impressively Lola is Harriet the Spy gone wrong I love the way her first person narrative slowly hints at the chaos of a world falling apart This is an intimate beautiful book, what YA should be and rarely is The scene with Mr Mossbacher and the dumb waiter might get my vote for most simultaneously disturbing and hilarious scene in a book ever.

    28. An unexpected pleasure I m not sure why this book showed up in my hold queue maybe I read a review that Dan liked filed the title away In any case, welcome to the diary of Lola, a 12 year old who lives in a New York that the army half occupies, where TB is rampant, where the only job her father can get is in a giant bookstore working 80 hours a week for a sadist and you thought your boss was bad the President has been assassinated so often, no one cares any It can be very hard to get into the pa [...]

    29. Random Acts of Senseless Violence is the first book I ve read of Jack Womack, but it won t be the last Let me say upfront that Womack is a fringe writer, meaning he writes for a very unique audience I imagine his fans are the same kind of people who like TWIN PEAKS, which means he s an acquired taste What makes him so different Mostly his prose, which I m told is at its most understated here, but gets intense with each book He s one of those guys who gives his characters their own vernacular, s [...]

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