Monday, December 15, 2014

Eleven reader reviews, "The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan" , 4.7 stars out of 5


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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!, February 5, 2015
This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
This is a fantastic read. The characters are crazy, but in the best possible way. Gager has gone where few (if any) authors have ever gone and created a lyrical comedy with writing that is second to none. Simply put, this novel should be in every literature lovers hands.

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5.0 out of 5 stars  And like Jesus, viewed as crazy, December 11, 2014
This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan tells the story of the universal timeless human dilemma of how the ‘protagonist-ship’ of our own story must be relinquished knowingly or not, voluntarily or not, to another in order to discover one’s true self and desires…and all the failures, self-inadequacies, dreams, others and innocent sacrifice it takes to get there. The clever and bold writing of Tim Gager ingeniously takes you through it without even realizing it using the normal lives of an intriguingly odd medley of characters….sparing no pride or humiliation. Real life in all it’s eccentric dimensions. Bill Sloan had to lose himself in tragic failure to find himself…his true self. For me, as a Jesus lover, Kate and Ethan combine to create the Savior Jesus image. And like Jesus, viewed as crazy, wacky or out there, it is through their love and sacrifice that real life comes. And to borrow the words of another playful poet... “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon, they danced by the light of the moon.” Well, it’s not sand or the moon or dancing…but it is hand in hand. Great story, great characters, great writing and great wisdom! Thanks Tim! Write more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Psycho-Analysis Right Here!, November 27, 2014
By 
Tower (Minneapolis) - See all my reviews
Timothy Gager achieves an incredible feat in "The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan." The style and structure is innovative and experimental, yet Gager somehow weaves together the lives of this cast of misfits without ever losing the forward momentum of the larger storyline. This is a brilliant story that dives deep into the human condition. Reading this book will make you think everyone in the world is simultaneously crazy and the most sane person you know. It's a difficult read at times because of the non-linear structure, but it rewards the patient reader. I strongly advise against reading a bunch of other books while reading this one. It's meant to be taken in all at once so you can get to know these characters and remember them well along the journey.
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 5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun-Filled Zany Story, November 26, 2014
By 
Jeffrey Miller (Daejeon South Korea) - See all my reviews
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Bill Sloan might be the world's worst psychologist, but don't tell him about it. He's got enough on his plate dealing with his own anxieties and inadequacies let alone the problems of others in Timothy Gager's fun-filled, zany story, The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan.

Gager is brilliant the way he sets up this novel and weaves the characters in and out of the story, which, as one can guess from the title, starts with the appointments that he has on Thursday. However, that's just the beginning. With multiple perspectives, Sloan's inner thoughts, and plenty of dark comedy thrown in for good measure, the story of Sloan and his patients is also a mosaic, as one reviewer has already pointed out, of humanity's messiest moments. And when Sloan ends up on his own television show (which might remind one of what happened to Howard Beale in the 1976 classic film, Network, when the newscaster got his own special show) anything can happen.

Interestingly, television does play a big part in the story, whether it's references to individual shows--Sonny and Cher/Sunny and Share (love it!)--or the way that television has impacted our lives (with a nod to Marshall Mcluhan) there's no doubt that Gager drew upon his own television upbringing to provide readers with some of the book's more brilliant moments.

Sloan might not be able to fix all his patient's problems, but does give it his best shot for better or worse. It's as though Gager has held up a mirror to the world and through the eyes of Sloan and his patients, we also see the world for what it is, which might not always be to our liking. We might cringe as readers when we see that way that Sloan treats his patients, but it's only because we cringe at what we know what is the truth in the sometimes disturbing, twisted world we live in now, or as Shakespeare wrote, "there's a method to the madness."

Jeffrey Miller,
Ice Cream Headache


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5.0 out of 5 stars Do read this book!, November 26, 2014
By 
Marie A.
This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
Timothy Gager's new novel captures the absurd, the funny, the zany, and the deeply sad -- while still managing to leave readers with a hint of groundedness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love this one!, November 14, 2014
By 
RLS (Newton, MA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
A pop-culture romp through the bizarre mind of Bill Sloan... Gager, an accomplished poet, has proven himself to be a fine novelist too! Hope to see more novels from him!!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Gager's new book is complicated, intricate, and unexpected--much like life itself., October 30, 2014
This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
An old joke goes something like this: Somewhere out there is the world's worst doctor--and someone has an appointment with him in ten minutes.

Tim Gager's new book The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan is a fantastic take on the idea of the world's worst psychologist, Bill Sloan, a therapist with delusions of adequacy. The novel's unique structure skillfully combines psychological intake notes, unguarded inner reflections, and straightforward narrative to create a mosaic of humanity at its messiest and most fully human. I wouldn't necessarily recommend seeking counseling from Bill Sloan, but I definitely recommend spending an hour each Thursday with Gager's terrific book--although I'm sure you'll want to extend those reading appointments.


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4.0 out of 5 stars but I think that fans of experimental fiction will really enjoy the unique structure and insane characters (literally) that Gage, September 24, 2014
This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
The Thursday Appointments... is a crazy book about crazy people. It wasn't really my type of book, but I think that fans of experimental fiction will really enjoy the unique structure and insane characters (literally) that Gager brings to light in his novel. Gager took some risks here and his writing rings with a certain desperate truth- though the book is clearly rooted in dark humor, an earnestness hovers just below the surface and keeps the story from being overwhelmed by its outlandish characters. Readers who are looking for something different and surprising will definitely enjoy this book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is such a fun romp that it's easy to overlook just how good the writing is., September 19, 2014
By 
D. S. Atkinson "wightknyte" (Denver, CO United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
This book is such a fun romp that it's easy to overlook just how good the writing is. Gager weaves an impressive amount of highly developed, individualized characters into a gripping and entertaining storyline effortlessly, but the reading is so enjoyable that I only realized that going back to think about it. I just chewed right through, loving every minute. I've been a fan of Gager's writing for a while, but I think this is really some of his best work.

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 3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to understand this one, September 4, 2014
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I don't know who Bill Sloan is and neither does he. What a cluster of insanity this book is. Frankly, it looks as though someone took a bunch of weird characters and strung them together to print something. I really did not understand a great deal of the book, the characters and the point. I had to slog through a lot of it. There is very little character development and you really don't get a good grasp before they start interlocking. The concept of the book is very good, though.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Make an appointment with Tim Gager, August 23, 2014
This review is from: The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Paperback)
A totally engaging novel. Highly entertaining. Wonderfully ironic and witty. Gager writes with consummate awareness of the human condition––in all its bizarre manifestations.
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