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  • Paperback
  • 298 pages
  • Not for Nothing
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • 15 November 2014
  • 9781938604539

10 thoughts on “Not for Nothing

  1. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNot for Nothing or How to make second person narrative interesting by Stephen Graham Jones This was my first Stephen Graham Jones novel and it won’t be my last I’ve always had a pet peeve against the second person narrative Using the second person the writer is constantly confronting the reader assuming that heshe’ll react positively thinking that heshe’ll be drawn into the story but reuiring increased suspension of disbelief for himher to actually enjoy the story You can read the rest of this review elsewhere

  2. Caleb Ross Caleb Ross says:

    click to watch the video book review on YouTubeReading Stephen Graham Jones is like being on a manhunt for a double amputee Even when I get him I don't get all of himNick Bruiseman is a has been PI who lives in a storage locker in Stanton Texas A small town 3000 people where everyone knows everyone So when Bruiseman gets hired things turn incestuous uicklyThe book will be released in March 2014 If you are a fan of detective novels and oral storytelling then I definitely recommend it But know you’re going to have to work for your rewardI've read a lot of Stephen Graham Jones show stack and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed just about all of itJones is an evasive storyteller very difficult to pin down and with plots that are often difficult to follow And I think with Not For Nothing his 18th book I've finally figured out why First his very conversational approach to storytelling much like one would imagine a storyteller around a campfire His sentences are often very beautiful but made so by disregarding some grammatical conventions He’s fine with sentence fragments and orders extra commas like their free He’s an oral storyteller above all else I think He just happens to write the stories downSecond his dialog is full of non seuiturs When used sparingly a non seuitur can describe the relationship between characters better than anything else Don DeLillo is the king of this But when every exchange has that “inside joke” feel it can be difficult for a reader to establish a firm footing with the charactersThird Jones uses very very very little “refresher” text text used to reminder the reader of important characters and events When you’re reading a 267 page book it’s necessary to be reminded often why characters events or places are important or even just to be reminded why we should care about a particular name Jones doesn’t do this very often I chalk this up to Jones being a mad genius Honestly I think Jones’ brain operates so uickly that to him something briefly mentioned 250 pages ago is still as fresh in his mind as something mentioned 2 pages agoFourth characters are often introduced uickly only to be forgotten for full chapters before being introduced again They aren’t allowed to stick Now for a book like Not for Nothing where new names seem to pop up every few pages I’m left trying to re familiarize myself with characters constantlyIf all of these things seem to you like they’d contribute to a very confusing story you're right His stories can be confusing Incredibly at times But often that’s the appeal Much like tracking down our aforementioned legless fugitive the thrill for me is watch the unfamiliar and at times erratic escape path To fully capture the fugitive all four limbs intact might not be very satisfying Because then you’ve got just another convict in custody Where’s the fun in that? Who wants to read just another detective story?

  3. Larry H Larry H says:

    I'd give this 45 starsFull disclosure I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalleys in exchange for an unbiased reviewNick Bruiseman is a disgraced former police detective and private investigator forced out of his job—and the town of Midland Texas—after an investigation goes than a little awry He returns to his small hometown of Stanton Texas where he hopes to drink the rest of his days away days he's spending working for and living at Aardvark Custom Economy Storage Free room free board so long as nobody complains about me taking liberties with their stuffHe's hoping for anonymity a life where he doesn't have to handle anything complicated than picking up chopped beef sandwiches from the nearby water station and letting his old friend' son and his band practice in one of the vacant storage units But one day in walks Gwen Tracy former high school cheerleader and homecoming ueen over whom Nick was rather obsessed back in the day their encounter in his truck one night during senior year didn't help his obsession any She wants to hire Nick as a private investigator because she says she is being threatened and stalked by an ex convict she met while tutoring at a prisonShortly after Gwen leaves the storage company Nick gets a visit from another old friend Rory Gates Rory was the star football player to Gwen's cheerleader the homecoming king to her ueen Nick and Rory used to be friends despite their competition over Gwen Now Rory wants to use Nick's services to spy on his wife whom he believes is having an affair He's not interested in taking no for an answer The catch of course is that Rory is now married to Gwen so Nick has in a short amount of time been hired by both husband and wifeThen someone gets murdered and Nick is suspected of the crime which brings him into contact with a shady attorney that owes him a favor As Nick desperately tries to clear his name and prove what really happens he finds himself in unending trouble and in the crosshairs of a number of people including a sheriff sure that all roads lead to his guilt and a pool shark with a violent streak to whom Nick has owed money for uite some time And of course the judge who banned him from Midland pops up tooI really enjoyed this book a great deal and thought Nick was a pretty terrific character He makes no bones about his flaws and he doesn't care what people think about him most people at least; he just wants to live the rest of his failed life in an alcoholic stupor But he cannot turn off his detective instincts and his need to try and both clear his own name and figure out what's really happeningStephen Graham Jones has created a memorable group of characters which seem familiar but are complex than you first think It's a plot full of twists and turns and I like how it kept me guessing If I have any criticism it's that there were perhaps too twists—as the story neared its conclusion I had to re read a bit just to be clear on what exactly happened and who was really involved But in the end Nick Bruiseman and the folks in Stanton Texas were fun to spend some time with and I hope Jones takes us back on another journey to Stanton sometime soon

  4. Eric Guignard Eric Guignard says:

    REVIEWED Not for NothingWRITTEN BY Stephen Graham JonesPUBLISHED March 18 2014Not for Nothing is a gritty twisting detective tale set in small town Stanton Texas where everyone knows each other and business affairs are conducted by the ghosts of high school cliues In fact one of the clever and most successful elements of this story is the yearbook esue feeling of it; the protagonist Nick Bruiseman a disgraced ex cop and now drunk security guard fumbles his way through a series of double crosses and murders and all the time every person he comes in contact with —either friend enemy ex lover etc—is from his school or is the child from someone from his schoolThe book is rather slow and leisurely to read much like life in Stanton The story is drenched in sadness and dejection but also in humor and suspense It has a hundred twists and not all of them are necessary but it’s a thrilling ride nonetheless The narrative seemed a bit choppy at times but that ties into Nick’s perpetually half drunk take on the world around him Then again this style of writing seems to be a signature of the author Stephen Graham Jones; reading him is as of someone verbally telling a story with detours hiccups gaps asides and all other means of genuine conversation Rather than polished smooth the writing is raw and legitimate and embodies an unfamiliar beautyAs a side note after reading the first couple of pages my mind slowly recoiled in a double take of reluctant dawning horror This book was written in second person point of view The audacity The inhumanity The dread It’s a rare enough feat to pull off a successful short story in this POV but I don’t know if I’ve ever read a full length book in this way which has held my interest excepting childhood Choose Your Own Adventures and I was instinctively averse to continue However Jones managed to build a story filled with empathy sadness humor insight that in retrospect seems integral to having been 2nd POVFive out of Five stars

  5. Priscilla Priscilla says:

    Jones does such a seamless job of telling Nick’s story your story that you willingly go along And in fact you will forget you are reading in second person most likely because you’ll be able to smell the hot air see the big sky taste the chopped barbecue sandwich or the stale burrito from the convenience store I highly recommend it The novel that is not the convenience store burritoRead my full review here

  6. Nadine Jones Nadine Jones says:

    45 stars One way to close a case is to solve it you know The other way is to just step back and let things happen This book confused me but that's okay I had most of the mystery figured out a few steps before Nick but I never did understand a few things First of all what is a water station? I've never heard of such a thing before and I was willing to just ignore it but it gets mentioned a lot 22 times to be exact It sounds like a place like a gas station? a deli? I googled and Wikipedia tells me it's a place where trains stop to refill water needed for the steam engine But that doesn't sound uite right The entire book is filled with that sort of thing little snippets and snatches that I can't uite grasp What was the deal with Jimmy Bones anyway? And the Lawler kid? What was that? What did that mean? I don't have a fucking clue just let it go like a strange dream that doesn't make sense but keeps flowing forward anyway Okay Nick Bruiseman what else you got for me? Keep it coming I can take itOddly this is a second person present tense book and usually I hate that but this time it just added to the general grit and sweat and dust I was wallowing in Okay I can take that too Nick appears to be a functioning drunk than a little bit confused and believe me Nick I'm right there with you But Nick is understanding the unspoken undertones that are whipping past me “So this place like you remember it?” Sherilita asks “What else could it be?” You nod to her look down at your foot on the rear tire for a moment “It’s the same” you say “We’re all just older” The silhouette of her head rocks back a bit with what you don’t exactly know then her son falling into the melody of a song she probably taught him she says “It’s all exactly the same Nick Don’t you see?” “If I’m the same how could I?” Yeah I don't see it either Is anything ever the same? Does anyone ever know? Do you know? Does memory distort the present or inform the present? Who can you really believe anyway? Is this a bad idea?This is all incredibly compelling despite my constant low level confusion It's got atmosphere It's modern hard boiledThis book will get to you You'll feel the sweat taste the dust blowing in the air hear the old screen doors creaking and slamming and feel the dizzy throb of a cheap drink and an old hangover on top of it Some things you will see coming and some you won'tWords I had to look up Water station I still don't know what this isCircle system dittoWrecker I correctly guessed that this is a tow truckTurnrow a strip of uncropped land at the edge of a field why you would mistake this for road I do not know

  7. David Tromblay David Tromblay says:

    This is one of the most uniuely framed detective stories I've ever read The use of the second person throughout this book read like a good friend whispering in your ear reminding of all the shit you stepped in and tried to forget about I recently read Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice and while reading Not For Nothing I was reminded of the tagline they used in the movie he may not be a do gooder but he's done good And Stephen Graham Jones has done good once again Bravo

  8. Brett Peters Brett Peters says:

    While I have great respect for the uniue voice and style of Stephen Graham Jones getting the chance to hear a lecture and meet him at a book signing event I found Not For Nothing extremely underwhelming I found the second person style distracting the plotline erratic with a minimal payoff and the characters holding seemingly randomized motivations such as Arnot and Gwen I also didn't find Nicholas to be a very compelling protagonist even as an anti hero typeI eventually plan on reading Jones' Growing Up Dead in Texas in hopes that I can gain a greater appreciation for his work

  9. Eddie Generous Eddie Generous says:

    A great mystery that unravels on as many blunders as clues Nick Bruiseman lives up to his name fantastic antihero Stanton and its locals are rough and realistic with a dash of nuts What really makes this book is the prose Written in second person this one absolutely drags you in and makes you keep reading even when it's almost four in the morning and you should probably have gone to bed hours ago

  10. Deb Deb says:

    35 stars but not uite 4

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Not for Nothing[Download] ➾ Not for Nothing Author Stephen Graham Jones – A novel written in second person The town is Stanton Texas population three thousand; the private investigator is disgraced Midland homicide detective Nicholas Bruiseman who's so down on his luck that A novel written in second person The town is Stanton Texas population three thousand; the private investigator is disgraced Midland homicide detective Nicholas Bruiseman who's so down on his luck that he's forced to take a job as a live in security guard for the town's lone storage facility This is his new life—starting over with nothing Not for PDF \ in the town he grew up in.

About the Author: Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six collections He really likes werewolves and slashers Favorite novels change daily but Valis and Love Medicine and Lonesome Dove and It and The Things They Carried are all usually up there somewhere Stephen lives in Boulder Colorado It's a big change from the West Texas he Not for PDF \ grew up in He's married with a couple kids and probably one.