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eBook Boy Wonder ePub

by James Robert Baker

  • ISBN: 0451165063
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: James Robert Baker
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Signet (January 2, 1990)
  • ePub book: 1917 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1572 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 693

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James Robert Baker (October 18, 1947 – November 5, 1997) was an American author of sharply satirical, predominantly gay-themed transgressional fiction.

James Robert Baker (October 18, 1947 – November 5, 1997) was an American author of sharply satirical, predominantly gay-themed transgressional fiction. A native Californian, his work is set almost entirely in Southern California. After graduating from UCLA, he began his career as a screenwriter, but became disillusioned and started writing novels instead.

James Robert Baker builds tension marvelously as the plot takes increasingly more bizarre and hilarious turns, yet he. .

James Robert Baker builds tension marvelously as the plot takes increasingly more bizarre and hilarious turns, yet he never betrays the integrity and believability of the characters he has created and the world they inhabit. As I said, I've read the book many times and each time I finish I'm amazed at how excellent a writer James Robert Baker was. It's a shame he decided to end his life; I've also read his first novel, "Fuel-Injected Dreams," which is quite good as well. Bottom line: if you get a chance to read this, do so immediately.

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A classic gay novel by the author of Tim and Pete

Another Boy Wonder Cultist! Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 12 years ago. I read this book when it first appeared in paperback, and have read it countless times since. It is truly one of the most savage, satirically funny books ever written.

Boy Wonder" was the second novel Baker published under his own name - the first, a bizarre sendup of the music business called "Fuel-Injected .

Boy Wonder" was the second novel Baker published under his own name - the first, a bizarre sendup of the music business called "Fuel-Injected Dreams," plays with the same themes of artistic ambition and sexual craving - and it fit perfectly into the late '80s/early '90s wave of nihilist fiction popularized by Bret Easton Ellis and Irvine Welsh. Unlike those infamous bad boys, though, Baker never gained much cultural currency. Part of the reason, most likely, is that Baker didn't play the publicity game very well - he was far too angry for that.

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Baker (Fuel-Injected Dreams, 1986; Boy Wonder, 1988) brings together two gay ex-lovers for a 24-hour swing through the streets and byways of . Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, and violence: the guided.

Testimony by those that knew him document life and times of rebel filmmaker and Hollywood wildman Shark Trager, and of his stormy days and raunchy nights spent in pursuit of a twisted Californian dream

Comments

Steelcaster Steelcaster
Exciting plot, tremendously funny, a brilliant satire which also contains a compelling love story. The best depiction of Hollywood and Southern California I have ever read (I lived in Hollywood for 15 years) expressed in a series of hilarious, unforgettable momologues (from character 'interviews'). Baker carries 'black humor' to an extreme, but what makes this tolerable is that you really start to care about some of the characters, especially the 'lead couple'. As the plot includes some extreme sexual and violent
scenarios, it can be off-putting if these offend you, but for me, these are much less important than the tremendous
monologues and dialogues, the way they dovetail with each other, and especially the deeper layers of the relationships which come through in re-readings. I have read this book over ten times now, five while living in LA, as much for the details of the local color as for
the humor and the heart-gripping tragicomic ending. And each time I read it, I discover new aspects of the characters, and of their relationships, which I had missed before. I think it takes around four readings just to fully get everything that is happening in this novel.
As several reviewers have said on Amazon, this is a book which you will be re-reading the rest of your life (if you enjoy the first reading, that is!)
Ffrlel Ffrlel
His most popular book. The funniest summer read of the 1980s and still funny 25 yrs later when I reread it. The story of Shark Trager, Hollywood wunderkind, from beginning to end. Every chapter an interview by the with a character and the author.

Everyone who read this book loved it.
Anarus Anarus
...and a great love of films and film stars in every page.
Ynye Ynye
Long book (560 pages) that follows the life of (fictional) Shark Trager from birth to death. It follows his obsessive love for a woman and movies, his rise to the height of power in Hollywood and his inevitable crash and burn. It's all told by interviews with everybody who knew him. The novel is sad, hilarious, incredibly vicious, full of sex and drugs but always fascinating. Along the way it takes vicious swipes at Hollywood actors, actresses, directors and studios. This is not for everybody. Some of it is incredibly cruel and the graphic sex and drug abuse may bother some readers. But if you love extreme material and love movies--this is for you. The views of Hollywood are dead on accurate and it was pretty obvious that some of the characters are based on real people. Also the main character is--by turns--egostical, cruel, pathetic, kind, sweet and vicious but you never want to stop reading. I've read this at least three times in the past and each time I loved it! A one of a kind book. Well worth getting--if you can find a copy.
Thomeena Thomeena
After stumbling across this novel several years before and having lost it again as it was passed around my work place and being ravenously devoured by everyone in the office, I was lucky enough to find a copy of the UK printing in a little bookstore in London. Good luck to everyone in finding the book wherever you are. It is nothing short of brilliant; The most savage and yet still affectionate skewering of Hollywood I have ever encountered. As the documentary style plot progresses, you will find yourself laughing long and out loud as things continue to get more and more ridiculous in the life of protagonist Shark Traiger. James Robert Baker builds tension marvelously as the plot takes increasingly more bizarre and hilarious turns, yet he never betrays the integrity and believability of the characters he has created and the world they inhabit. The ending is fabulously perfect!
Ceroelyu Ceroelyu
I found this book buried in the back of my local public library, and am extremely happy that I did. I think I can say, without any hyperbole, it's one of the best books I've read in my life. I've read it about a dozen times, and each time I find something new to laugh at.
An oral history of a deranged movie producer's rise to the top, fall from grace, and return to power, there are more laughs and over the top situations in this book than in any other. The discussion of the flying pigs had me on the floor, crying my eyes out because it was so funny. While the situations are over the top, never once does the book cross over into being ridiculous or unbelievable.
I don't know of there being any real problem with the book. As I said, I've read the book many times and each time I finish I'm amazed at how excellent a writer James Robert Baker was. It's a shame he decided to end his life; I've also read his first novel, "Fuel-Injected Dreams," which is quite good as well. ...
Bottom line: if you get a chance to read this, do so immediately. You won't be disappointed.
caster caster
One of those books you want to simultaneously tell everyone about and at the same time want to keep it just for yourself.
I read this book when it first appeared in paperback, and have read it countless times since. It is truly one of the most savage, satirically funny books ever written. Reading as an oral biography of film director/producer Shark Trager from his birth (at the drive in cinema, no less) to the bitter end, it features some of the most over the top, laugh out loud, "Oh my God!" moments in literary history.

Though not for those of a nervous disposition, Boy Wonder will reward anyone with an interest in Hollywood and the "creative process" involved in making movies. It also has the best Academy Awards scene ever written--why don't the real Oscars ever give us as much real drama!?!

If you do buy this book, guard it carefully. If you loan it out, you will certainly never get it back!