"It's like I've got a shotgun in my mouth, with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal..." - Robert Downey Jr.The drugs just sort of happened. It's not like I'd traveled to Denver, Colorado to become immersed in the burgeoning marijuana scene, although it was hard to avoid. When I showed up, the pot industry in the Rocky Mountains was booming and w"It's like I've got a shotgun in my mouth, with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal..." - Robert Downey Jr.The drugs just sort of happened. It's not like I'd traveled to Denver, Colorado to become immersed in the burgeoning marijuana scene, although it was hard to avoid. When I showed up, the pot industry in the Rocky Mountains was booming and with the recent passing of Amendment 64, was on the tipping point of becoming revolutionary. Still, legal weed was the furthest thing from my mind on the day I abruptly quit my job at the office, cashed out my 401k retirement fund and hopped a plane from the east coast to the Mile High City. I did this under the false impression that it was to help out an old best friend who was in need, but really, it was all in the name of a forbidden love that I'd been repressing for years.I was only supposed to stay in Denver for a week, but when I met Reed, an Iraq war vet who managed a marijuana dispensary and smoked copious amounts of his product to deal with his PTSD symptoms, he hooked me up with a job delivering weed to dispensary patients, and my trip was perpetually extended. While I coped with the maddening futility that comes along with the wanting of something I couldn't have, I found myself escaping into a lifestyle entrenched in concerts, bars, drugs, and masochism, all set against the neon of Denver's notoriously wicked Colfax Avenue. What followed was a furious, chaotic journey through the emotional depths of a bittersweet addiction. And even though it nearly killed me, I grew to embrace it, I even begged for it; the precarious situations, the constant killing of time, the sleepless nights, the loneliness, the fear, the desire, the ache, the denial, the inconceivable belief that I could actually control the cravings and the constant longings and the endless capacity to never, ever get enough, while my haunted soul thumped in unison with my old heart, mercilessly demanding more and more and more and more... But I guess that's the whole point. I'm not even talking about the drugs anymore, at least not the ones you're thinking of....
|Title||:||The Taste Of Metal|
|Number of Pages||:||450 Pages|
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The Taste Of Metal Reviews
We did not actually pick this book.. it was passed to us at a party, so in a way, it picked us.It is a good story and keeps a great pace. I think it could have used a lot of editing.. some of the conversation felt either forced or simply unnatural. Also, (I live in Denver, so maybe I am being too harsh) there seems to be a lot of odd and extraneous detail about Denver from a character who just got into town. The story just didn't feel completely realistic in these regards.Anyway, I did enjoy the book overall. I would be interested to read more from Joe Hnida.
I ordered this book as a paperback, and I'm so glad I did. The first thing that drew me in was the cover, it imparted a feeling for me and I was instantly curious about the story itself. I enjoy reading autobiographies mainly, I can't even stomach the sight of another teenage vampire/werewolf or 50 shades knockoffs. Why the hell are grown adults reading YA anyway? So, I read the first 6 chapters as a sample waiting for the book to arrive. Refreshing. It's like the author knew my craving for a real story that would make me FEEL. A story with substance in that he didn't lose me at descriptions, 'Word Magic' is the only way I can describe it. I found myself actually remembering names of people, and laughing out loud at the main character Jake. Character Development was on point. I never had to go back and reread a section. You really get a sense of each person as Jake views them, and the author never left you wanting more from a character.I was captivated. It takes place in Colorado after Jake suddenly quits his job to go help a friend, but really, it's his wife that he's missing. Each 'Part' of the book (4 total) almost seems to have a different tone, as you're taken on a ride through the events in Jake's life. All the while an underlying sense of longing coupled with the fact that he's getting older leaves you to almost question your own life. Jake is conscious of everything as it happens around him, and he's coping with it by smoking a ton of pot, and unintentionally getting closer to his friend Reed. It reads like you're sitting at a bar having a few beers with your new friend Jake, and he's telling you this crazy story that you don't want to end...I would have followed him out back to burn one so that he could tell me more. It's intelligent, intoxicating, dark, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating all at the same time. If you're even mildly curious, stop reading this and just order the book. I finished it 24 hours, a personal record...because I couldn't put it down! This book grabs you until the end and leaves you wanting the follow-up more than you can imagine. Round of applause for Joe, I wish you the best of luck with this book! You're style is unmatched from what I've read, and you will always be on my favorite author list...not to mention credited for spiking my interest in Denver. Looking forward to Lament For The Echoes!
Awesome read! I dig Denver and this book makes me love it even more. Its real and speaks of the current culture of "weed" in honest and intriguing ways. There is such a weave of poetic, creative writing mixed up with torrential blunt force life that it kept pulling me deeper and deeper into things I had never truly thought about.I am from Colorado. I have grown up hearing about and experiencing the 30 miles of crazy that is Colfax avenue and this book captures so much more than my reality or imagination could ever create. The way it brings the underworld of Denver alive is SO real. Ive lived in Cap Hill for almost 10 years now and love the way this book has changed the way I experience my day-to-day travels. I find myself thinking about/acting out the book when Im taking the 15 down colfax or walking from downtown to cap hill on a cold snowy night.Its a raw book that comes from the heart. It will leave you wanting more the further you read!
Such an easy read and what a compelling story! Great for anyone who has lived in the Denver area and also great for anyone who had a friend struggling with drug addiction. Really though, it's a book for anyone: Joe's dialogue and descriptions are easy to follow. The seemingly unrequited love story sucks you in and keeps you there. Really recommend this to anyone!
I highly recommend this to anyone who has lived in the Denver area.