The Last Days of Video

The Last Days of Video

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"It's 2007, and independent video stores are dying. Waring Wax is usually too drunk to worry about his declining business at Star Video, let alone his extinction in popular culture. But everything changes in his small college town when bright and shiny Blockbuster Video opens nearby: Clearly, this means war. The Last Days of Video is a hilarious elegy for a bygone era, a quirky and charming story of redemption for a group of loveable cinema freaks, and a love letter to the art of the movies"--Back cover.
Publisher: Berkeley : Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781619024854
1619024853
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAWKINS JEREMY
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 21 cm

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abcDena
Mar 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this nostalgic little book. It's the familiar tale of a group of misfits working in a store that's under threat from the monster known as The Future. In this case, the future comes in the shape of a new BlockBuster video store, down the street from a small-town but excellent video shop. The author does a great job involving you in the characters' lives, while taking you on a trip back in time. The book is full of pop culture references that will delight nostalgic Generation X-ers.

Very similar in style and tone to writers like:

Douglas Coupland
Tom Perrotta
Nick Hornby

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Colossus1574
Jul 07, 2015

I found this book quite enjoyable, and it made for a smooth quick read, nothing really there that makes you have to think too deeply about, but it does bring back a strong sense of nostalgia for the readers who remembered the days of the end of VHS and the dawn of DVD at the local rental shops. Without making too much of a comparison, this book feels a lot like Kevin Smith's Mallrats and Clerks, but without all the vulgarity and raunch. Because deep down even after all the hijinx is over, it's still boils down to being a nice feel good story about a few lovable characters in a small little town. (Being a movie buff will help a reader juice that little extra bit of fun out of this book with all it's film factoids and tidbits that come up throughout the story)

lib_apart Mar 18, 2015

Some scenes from this novel seem to be right out of a screenplay, which may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your perspective. This seems fitting considering the subject matter: a down-and-out video store that is facing the Blockbuster video behemoth. The characters are fun and it's a good read, but there's not much that's original here.

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