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Jack Felter, A History Teacher, Returns Home To Bucolic Franklin Mills, Ohio, To Care For His Father, A Retired Pilot Who Suffers From Dementia And Is Quickly Losing His Memory Jack Would Love To Forget About Franklin Mills, And About Sam, The Girl He Fell In Love With, Who Ran Off With His Best Friend, Tony Except Tony Has Gone MissingSoon Jack Is Pulled Into The Search For Tony, But The Only One Who Seems To Know Anything Is Tony S Last Patient, A Paranoid Boy Named Cole Jack Must Team Up With Cole To Follow Tony S Trail And Maybe Save The World Their Journey Will Lead Them To Manhattan And Secret Facilities Buried Under The Catskills, And Eventually To A Forgotten Island In The Pacific The Final Destination Of Malaysia Airlines Flight When Jack Learns The Details About The Program Known As The Great Forgetting, He S Faced With The Timeless Question Is It Better To Forget Our Greatest Mistake Or To Remember, So It S Never Repeated

10 thoughts on “The Great Forgetting

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    The thing is, memory is about trust We have to trust that what we remember is fact And we have to trust what other people remember for things we never saw It was a disturbing and thrilling realization, that our grasp of the truth is dependent on the honesty of older generations, on the companies who write history books.once again james renner has written a kickass novel that is impossible to review it s a little bit easier than The Man from Primrose Lane because the book doesn t suddenly reinvent itself in the middle, but it s definitely a book where caution is required in reviewing it s best if you don t know what s going to happen until it s happening all around you which is the main difference between this book and a swarm of hornets.if i had to sell it in five words, it would be conspiracy theory road trip novel.fortunately, i have so many words like these umami pepsi make this a thing, please.not a helpful review so far so let me try to explain there s a kind of novel that always feels like a home when i come across one i can t articulate exactly what it is about these books except that they are paradoxically both exciting and comforting to me my heart beats faster while my body relaxes they have nothing in common with each other, although they frequently fall into the place where postmodern metafiction intersects with slipstream and kinda knocks you over sideways a little and has you questioning reality.Ron Currie Jr., The Sea Came in at Midnight, Jonathan Carroll, When We Were Animals, Gretel and the Dark, Infinite Jest, Evan Dara, The Dead Lands, Magnetic Field etc etc it s a feeling that registers as a tightening in my armskin first, and then i get warm and still and my brain locks in and i m just gone it feels like reading the forgotten bits of my own dreams which already sounds like the plot to a jonathan carroll novel feel free to run with it, j.c but also like how it feels to wake up after a seizure or a fainting spell, where everything is half familiar, half foreign if you ve never experienced either of those things, it is like how disoriented sam must feel at the beginning of each episode of quantum leap ask your parents.but anyway, this is one of THOSE books one of MY s such a specific experience i rarely get deeply immersed in a book where i m not constantly aware of myself as reader, but it s than just immersion it s quite physical there are plenty of books i love that don t give me this feeling, and there are plenty of books that started to House of Leaves but then ended up going in a different direction and all of this is just blather because i d much rather tackle the task of trying to explain some weirdo feeling i get sometimes that is likely due to an undiagnosed neurological disorder than to risk ruining this book by saying too much but for those of you who need than just how it makes my arms feel to decide whether or not to read a book, it s about history, memory, regret, some nerd bullshit, family, madness, secret agencies with your best interests in mind, grief, urban legends and what really happened to , the idea that knowledge is power, but memory even so, and whether it s better to remember and learn from mistakes both personal and cultural or to forget every last bit of shame and humiliation and historical atrocity and start over unencumbered and bigfoot.also, the truth about the moon is finally revealed and, oddly enough, it s what i ve been saying for years.renner does a really good job, through different characters, addressing some of the questions that would naturally arise from people confronted with Great Truths, but i still have a million questions, or at least two which i will hold for now until this is published not long now and we can all chat about it unless there s another round of the great forgetting and all of this gets wiped from my mind but i can t tell you any until you start boiling your water yayyy i totally forgot this was being sent to me and i opened the package thinking it was a different book and then i went SQUAWKKKK real loud when i saw what it was so i thank you james renner and st martins for making me scare my cat review comingcome to my blog

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    Find all of my reviews at this came out yesterday and it s amazing so it gets a bump Don t like it Life is long Longer than we allow ourselves to remember Understatement of the year I motherf ing LOVED this Holy hell Where do I begin Okay, so The Great Forgetting grabs you right from the cover So appealing to the eye, so understated, so perfect Then you open it and discover it s totally un put down able and that it s also one of those books where anything you say about it might be considered too much Which leaves a Kelly and Mitchell combo who have looked pretty much like this ever since finishing the book on Saturday The basics are our MC Jack is a history teacher who plans to spend his summer vacation giving his sister a much needed break from dealing with their father who is quickly fading away due to dementia It doesn t take long for Jack to catch up on small town gossip mainly that his old bestie Tony who also happens to be his high school sweetheart Sam s husband has gone missing Reluctantly Jack agrees to help track down his old friend which leads him to one of Tony s former psychiatric patients a boy named Cole who will attempt to open Jack s eyes to the truth of The Great Forgetting Then Sometimes I get the feeling that none of this is right So much mindblowing Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd that s all I can tell you Okay, well maybe not alllll This book is smart Like wicked smart But don t let that intimidate you Renner has done a great job of providing a cast of characters that are all Average Joes While they find themselves put in spectacular circumstances, they are people with not genius IQs so you never get lost in the crazy that is being thrown at you Renner also does something that normally I hate he inundates the reader with the present Now, this may end up being a novel that doesn t quite stand the test of time, but for today Right now This sonofabitch WORKS If you re into conspiracy theories and a story that stays on eleven for the duration, The Great Forgetting is not one to be missed Be prepared to question everything Oh, and make sure to get your foil hat fitted before even beginning Every star there is to star.Alright Review over now for the full disclosure B.S I never had contact with James Renner until he personally messaged me and asked if I would like to review his new book Turns out he saw my review of The Man From Primrose Lane which all of you should immediately read because the man ain t no one hit wonder and didn t despise my giffy style SUCK IT, GIF HATERS Upon receiving said message, I was very grateful to have stocked up on my supply of and proceeded to run around the house screaming about how awesome I am to my non book loving family who haven t yet figured out that I m kind of a big deal I should probably float my reviews all day every day frequently in order to break into the Top 5 of the fake popularity contest Whatevs Anyway to make a long story even longer, endless thanks to Mr Renner and to Trudi who turned me on to his work in the first place I can t wait to see what your crazy brain comes up with next.

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    When Jack Felter returns to his home town to help care for his dementia stricken father, he winds up looking for his missing childhood friend, Tony, the friend that stole his high school girlfriend Jack meets Tony s last patient, a kid named Cole with a very compelling delusion, that everything we think we know about history is wrongAfter reading The Man from Primrose Lane and True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray, I just had to read James Renner The Great Forgetting made him rise even higher in my esteem.The Great Forgetting is a mind bender of Phillip K Dickian proportions How much do we trust the history books How much do we trust our own memories What if the conspiracy theories are true This book raises those questions and .It s best to go into this book unprepared so I m not going to spoil the particulars Once the truth behind Cole, Tony, and the rest of what was actually going on was revealed, I had a hard time doing anything but finishing it.If I had to complain about something, which I won t, is that the characters were a little thin However, I loved Jack and his father, The Captain Cole grew on me as well, but I hated Tony and didn t trust Sam Hell, even Scopes and the Maestro turned out to have hidden depths.The tension toward the end was almost maddening I haven t felt this engrossed with a book since the Dark Tower series That s as great a compliment as I can give any book Five out of five stars.

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    What starts out as an intriguing mystery novel eventually turns into a devilishly wild ride of conspiracy theory SF, and this simple statement does nothing to explain just how CRAZY it ll get I m a very big fan of cross genre fiction and this one really fits the bill in a big, big way The mystery is clever and engaging and fascinatingly strange, but what really struck my fancy was just how good the characters are So much has happened in their lives and just getting to the point of the next reveal kept me glued to the page These aren t even big reveals, just character reveals, and yet because Jack kept digging, this whole book took on a fantastic dimension that just got deeper and deeper as we find out about Tony and Cole and the way the human mind can be a real nutter The whole book is a gradient It starts you out with the small stuff and as you get acclimated, it gets steeper and steeper into nutter land I m just glad I already boil all my water Of course, that may be because I drink little than coffee and tea, but you know how it is I avoid my Flouride in my water From there, however, I can t and won t spoil you, but if you re a conspiracy theory nut, yourself, do yourself a favor and read this little gem of a novel Take a bag of your favorite theories, shake them around, take three handfuls of them, and now toss them in the air Make connections Build a story around them where they all fit together Now read this book How closely do they match Not close enough Fine Add another handful of theories and build another story Closer YES lolI can t believe the author got away with everything he did The mystery connections were set up with some real brilliance And this, my friends, became one hell of a great SF With one caveat I debated knocking off a star for the slightly unsatisfying ending, but the whole ride of the rest of the novel was so strong and fascinating that I simply couldn t do that I had a really great time For those who ve already read it, I liked the Prologue fine It was the big action scene at the end and the immediate results of it, but not related to he who must not be named Maybe I just wanted something different to happen.But everything else I went fanboy all over it Thanks goes to the author for a physical copy of this book It was a real blast

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    Friday afternoon in the psych wardMan, am I glad to see you again I was starting to go a little stir crazy in here Seriously, these idiots are just impossible to talk to I ve tried, you know, really tried to get through to them, but they think I m delusional They re too far gone to realize that I m the only sane one in here You mind closing the door These walls have ears, if you know what I mean, and I don t wanna add any fuel to their fire Pull up a chair, time is of the essence The situation grows desperate by the day The alarming rate at which things are progressing is untenable, man You have got to get me out of here First things first though, have you started boiling your water Good Thanks for humoring me Your eyes do seem to be a little bit clearer today, so let me ask you another question Do you know what a gradient is Yeah, it s sorta like an incline in a road I suppose, but that s not exactly what I was getting at You see, the truth about what s really going on out there is so inconceivable that your mind would never be able to accept it, if I told you everything all at once So, we ll use a gradient instead, or a system of baby steps little truths if you will that ll help to ease your mind into realizing that ultimate truth What I ve developed is a seven step gradient, comprised of seven impossible facts Each one progressively harder to accept than the one before Don t worry though, the proof is out there, and I ll show you where to look But, you ve gotta be patient, it s gonna take some time to work our way through all the steps And, you ve gotta be willing to do your part, meet me halfway Do a little research of your own even.If you re ready, let s begin.Impossibility 1 The earliest anomaly can be traced back to a man known only as the Maestro who s radio cuts in SQUAWK SQUAWK SQUAWK BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM Oh shit Nooooo Damn it, not again view spoiler This was well written, imaginative, and meticulously researched novel The first part was interesting, but it eventually became a bit too much Sorry, I m just not a fan of kitchen sink conspiracies I didn t care for the payoff, and the 9 11 tie ins were off putting, to say the least There also wasn t nearly as much action as one would expect from a story like this So there you have it I like the author, really enjoyed his first book The Man from Primrose Lane, but this one not so much.Final Verdict Dan Brown s done better hide spoiler

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    I almost forgot to write this review ba dum bum.a complex, fast paced, scifi tinged thriller that often feels like a lighthearted romp despite the heavy themes and upsetting deaths on display great artists will continually revisit their pet subjects and themes Renner clearly a great writer does the same in this second novel which deals again with how humans process grief, loss, and trauma often by wait for it forgetting but also by rewriting histories, both personal and large scale in his ingenious and mind boggling first novel, the canvas was relatively small and the focus was intimate Renner was exorcising personal demons and obsessions, and also penning a sad but warm love letter to his home state Ohio in The Great Forgetting, the canvas is wider writ large, it encompasses the Holocaust and, in a way, Holocaust denial , 9 11, and all sorts of conspiracy theories writ small, it subtly probes how people deal with painful emotions and things gone awry in life there s so much going on in this novel that I frequently had to cling to those recognizable Renner themes to keep my bearings at times it felt as if he threw everything he was currently interested in at his writer s wall and kept not just what stuck, but what slid off as well as a result, the book is often chaotic in an enjoyably berserk way, but just as often felt like it could have used a bit mapping out before finger met keyboard several highly intriguing and sympathetic characters are unfortunately lost in the breathlessly paced mix despite my issues, this is certainly a worthy accomplishment and an enjoyable read I m looking forward to reading by him.

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    I m so remiss in my reviews of late, but I really wanted to make sure I wrote something for this one to draw your attention to it A because it s a whole lot of wacky, weird and wild fun something I ve come to expect from this author and B said author was generous enough to send me a copy in the mail so the very least I can do is tell the reading world what I thought of it James Renner is the author of the mind bending, genre mashing The Man from Primrose Lane and you really must read that one if you are looking for something that is wholly unlike anything else There was some buzz a few years back that Bradley Cooper had been tapped to star in a film adaptation, but no updates on that yet I didn t know what to expect in picking up The Great Forgetting, but you can bet I approached it with keen anticipation Renner is a brave author who doesn t ever make safe choices He marches out into the badlands of crazy and bewildering, sees what he finds there, and then puts it into his story It doesn t always work, but considering the kind of unique crazy pants he s peddling, it works amazingly, unforgettably heh well most of the time This one starts as almost a quiet domestic drama an unassuming high school teacher returns to his hometown where his sister is looking after their senile father Jack has to deal with an ex girlfriend who married his best childhood friend Tony But Tony has gone missing and his wife wants Jack to help her get him declared deceased In his efforts to do this, Jack meets a boy named Cole, the last person Tony had any significant contact with before his disappearance Cole is a patient in a psychiatric ward suffering from complex and paranoid delusions Or are they The Jack talks to him the further down the rabbit hole he goes And takes us with him Side note of interest James Renner is definitely an author to watch And while he has a noteworthy talent spinning wild and crazy tales of speculative fiction, Renner is also a dedicated true crime writer He is currently researching the unsolved disappearance of Umass nursing student, Maura Murray and will publish True Crime Addict in May 2016 about his experiences The Maura Murray case is a real life rabbit hole story and it is very easy to become lost in all the moving pieces and arm chair detective theories that exist for this cold case Renner also maintains a blog of his ongoing investigations that makes for riveting reading if you are into that sort of thing Two young armchair detectives are also hosting a pretty decent podcast right now about the Maura Murray case in which Renner has been a guest The hosts are currently at work on a documentary.

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    Judge for yourself its believability, and then try to tell yourself, no matter where you may be, it couldn t happen here Carl Kolchak, from THE NIGHT STALKER movieHoly Cow.what did I just read THE GREAT FORGETTING blew my mind Author James Renner really puts the hammer down with conspiracy theories, well drawn characters, and thrill ride like pacing in this unique and original novel I also loved how he paid homage to such a vast array of pop culture, books, and history in his story telling SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD Within these pages you will find D.B Cooper, THE DEADLIEST CATCH tv show plus Captain Phil , The Koch brothers, 12 Angry Men, FAHRENHEIT 451, and even the classic Saturday morning TV show, LANCELOT LINK SECRET CHIMP end spoiler Not to mention a host of other cool stuff If Ernest Cline teamed up with Douglas Preston Lincoln Child, the result might very well be something like THE GREAT FORGETTING This story was reminiscent of the old NIGHT STALKER series, and, even so, probably could have been made into an X FILES movie Just a fantastic read I don t know exactly when I was in this office last Some ways, it seems like I never left But no, that s not right For at least a few days I was away, far away, in the hands of men with no faces and no names They broke me down, broke my story down, telling me how it hadn t happened the way I claimed At least, that s what I think they did, between injections Memories fade fast enough without chemical help, but if I don t tell this story now, I don t think I ever will Carl Kolchak, from Mr R.I.N.G.

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    In the immortal words of Jack Black from Tenacious D, this book is my Cream Dream Supreme I fell in love before I was done with the first page The story is right up my alley with conspiracy theories and government cover ups and it is about as original a book as I have ever read The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins and The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch come to mind in terms of just how unique this one was and it will have a place among my favorite reads ever There was a part in the beginning where the main character is at a county fair and notices a girl for the first time that is among the most beautiful things ever written, it had such an impact I forgot I what I was reading for a minute and was fine if it had morphed into a straight up love story But enough with the squishy stuff, I sincerely had a ton of fun reading this and at times sat back and marveled at the scope of the author s imagination, I mean where does he come up with this stuff The pacing was perfect, the characters so real it hurt, and I was praying he stuck the landing and I would not be stuck with an awesome 7 8 of a book only to be disappointed with the ending Happy to say the conclusion was satisfying, appropriate, and my only gripe was the damn book wasn t five hundred pages longer This book spoke to me, I dreamed about it while sleeping, and it consumed my attention while awake Love is not a strong enough word for my experience reading this and I cannot recommend it enough I d give it 6 stars if I could, shit, probably even 7.

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    Almost a 4 star but I cannot round it up It was at least 4 star in entertainment value, until the last 1 3rd of the book Then it was not.The time conundrums and other facile interconnections of gradients as this book defines gradients did not make sense by then, and the outcomes became cartoonish as a result This author has immense skill in interfacing current or past minutia of culture and media into context of story and characters That was absolutely 5 star level, and the parts of the book I liked the best It reminded me of an early Stephen King.But with extra long verbosity and introduction of too many intersects to match past Nazi or forgotten history, for me anyway the tension dissolved By page 250 only a few of the characters kept their depth And by page 300, they all had progressed from idealistic yet flat cardboard figures and finally converted to tech game avatars Very disappointed that such an excellent slant and conceptual premise could have ended up as only a 3 star Because the premise is an exceptional one and it was translated well for a goodly portion Mu itself and its components were ridiculous in comparison Forgot to add ITALICS Flash backed past events and characters histories are represented by a break in the normal print pattern chapter In other words, you will have page after page after page of italics to read over a dozen times in this book It was appalling No, beyond annoying to the point that I was taken right out of the complex storyline Please, please, please, publishers and authors Return to a chronological and English specific norm of print This method is overused and killed all the critical logic here at the same time.