Random Acts of Senseless Violence

Random Acts of Senseless Violence

Jack Womack / Sep 19, 2019

Random Acts of Senseless Violence It s just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary She s a nice middle class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town A normal happy girl But in

  • Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
  • Author: Jack Womack
  • ISBN: 9780575132306
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary She s a nice middle class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town.A normal, happy, girl.But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in aIt s just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary She s a nice middle class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town.A normal, happy, girl.But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in a year No one notices any Soon Lola and her family must move over to the Lower East side Loisaida to the Pit and the new language of violence of the streets.The metamorphosis of the nice Lola Hart into the new model Lola has begun

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      • 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.


    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more from it, or maybe dear Diary, maybe I'm too old to be cool anymore. Or maybe it's just not anyt [...]

    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 a [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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. [...]

    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 more than [...]

    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 wa [...]

    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 more 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? Thi [...]

    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 no [...]

    14. Una obra valiente y estremecedora olvidada hasta su recuperación hace unos años. De las mejores novelas de ciencia ficción 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 recom [...]

    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 s [...]

    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 more grating as the n [...]

    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 u [...]

    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 i [...]

    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, [...]

    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 Europea [...]

    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 Ann [...]

    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 t [...]

    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 more oppression of women dressed up as revolutionary.This book follows the early adolescence of a girl in New York, as society starts to erod [...]

    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 occur [...]

    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 anymore. It can be very [...]

    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 more intense with each book. He's one of those guys who gives his characters their own vern [...]

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