Article first published as Book Review: Not Famous Anymore by Michael Loyd Gray on Blogcritics.
Not Famous Anymore by Michael Loyd Gray is a fictional book which addresses the price of fame. We all know that being famous cannot be easy, but why do famous people who got what they wanted keep complaining?
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- 260 pages
- Publisher: Three Towers Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595981578
My rating for Not Famous Anymore – 4
Not Famous Anymore by Michael Loyd Gray(website | Facebook | @moonpie125) asks a very interesting question: what if you were famous and decided you didn’t want to be known anymore?
I keep hearing that often, someone who achieved the pinnacle of success now, when they got it, all of the sudden acts as if it is a burden. While I’m sure that it’s not easy, that is the price of success in that arena and they knew well ahead of time what they were getting themselves into.
What I find even more fascinating is the whole cultural phenomena of people wanting to be famous even if they are made to look like total idiots.
Every now and then my wife and I accidentally watch one of those idiotic gossip shows on TV (TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, etc.) out of sheer boredom, lack of reason or simply as brain porn. Whenever we see the shenanigans of the rich and famous I repeat the same point I have repeadted to friends, family and whoever is willing to listen (or unwilling and has the unfortunate luck to be in the area), I can understand them, they are not normal people.
DaVinci wasn’t normal.
Mozart wasn’t normal.
Michaelangelo, Picasso, DeNiro, Pecsi – they’re not normal.
Which explains their behavior, use of drugs and why they think they look better with plastic skin than carrying the evidence a life worth living on their faces (Kenny Rogers, I’m looking at you).
I couldn’t tell if my book was an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) or not, I hope it was since I found several misspellings and formatting issues (expected in an ARC, I’m only mentioning this because I couldn’t tell).
This is a well written novel with a protagonist which most of us cannot identify with, Elliott Adrian, is a rich, handsome movie star, a little town boy who made it big in Hollywood and now, wants nothing of it. However, the more I read, the more I discovered that behind the jerky showoff is just a defense mechanism to deal with the stresses of life in tinsel town as well as the pressures from the sharks which hound him daily.
It is obvious that Mr. Gray does not like the Hollywood scene, while glitzy it is a fake. A distasteful, tacky atmosphere where no one is who he/she says they are and you cannot believe anyone anymore. No wonder a small town boy like our protagonist needs a drink to get up in the morning.
This is mainly a dialogue driven novel, there isn’t much action but Gray keeps the interest page by page. While sometimes the dialog seems unimportant (as is much of our dialogue on a daily base) it is still believable.
Not Famous Anymore is a good novel by a strong writer and I’m glad I read it. The book encompasses excellent dialog with strong storytelling and I am looking forward to read more of his work.
Elliott Adreian’s parents have died when he was young, and while playing with a sword from WWII he accidently cut off his brother’s arm. Now a famous action hero, Elliott is a jerk and a drunk (but still popular).
Realizing that he is on his way to the point of no return, Elliott goes to rehab and starts a road trip ending up in his hometown. On the way Elliott meets old friends, old loves as well as new ones.
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LC Book Tour for Not Famous Anymore by Michael Loyd Gray:
- Tuesday, August 27th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews – spotlight
- Wednesday, August 28th: WV Sticher – spotlight
- Thursday, August 29th: Never Too Fond of Books – spotlight
- Friday, August 30th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World – spotlight
- Saturday, August 31st: The Book Bag – spotlight
- Sunday, September 1st: Seaside Book Nook – spotlight
- Monday, October 8th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
- Tuesday, October 9th: Man of La Book
- Thursday, October 18th: she treads softly
- Monday, October 22nd: Never Too Fond of Books
- Tuesday, October 30th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
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