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Be Cool
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on August 19, 2000
Elmore Leonard, my favorite beach novelist, has put out another Chili Palmer novel (of "Get Shorty" fame). Not as either believable or as rip-roaringly funny as Get Shorty was.... Be Cool follows Chili into the music industry in California. The sequel to his famous movie (called, "Get Leo" in this book, although why, I don't know... we all know it's Get Shorty) was a bust, so he is onto searching for another story-line for another movie. As Elmore Leonard novels go, I thought this one was fairly weak... Leonard seemed out of his familiar surroundings and I miss, frankly, the bare-faced shysters, the loan sharks, the semi-mafiosos and the slick con-men of most of his other books. This novel didn't have the same wonderful surprising twists and turns... Chili's relationship with Elaine seemed forced, Linda Moon started out with some promise but Leonard is so busy trying to develop other characters (like the bizarre, huge Samoan homosexual body-guard) that we never feel we've completely 'gotten into' any of the characters. I will give Leonard a lot of credit however, for continuing to be the best at plot manipulation... how he has Chili manage the police, the Russian mafia, the record industry mafia, and just about everyone else so that he emerges with the usual clean nose, is a tribute to Leonard's abilities to think and write so complexly.
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on May 18, 2000
This, the sequel to "Get Shorty," takes Chili Palmer from the world of film to the music industry. Although one of the book's themes is a very self-conscious attempt to comment on the nature of sequels, it falls pretty flat since it's just not that good. The behind the scenes music stuff comes off as very cliché and dated, and just doesn't work very well. There is the usual cast of wacky Leonard characters, some more entertaining than others--but as I feel about other of his books, wackiness alone doesn't cut it.
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on April 11, 2000
I have, I believe, read every book that Elmore has written, and would rate this book one of his failures. The book, a sequel to "Get Shorty," rambles for nearly 100 pages before it develops any sort of plot. I hope that Elmore goes back to Florida for his next book.
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on March 31, 2000
Believe me, I'm a fan. And I know that every swing of the bat can't be a home run. Still, this one was a disappointment. Anybody just starting on the Leonard body of work should bypass this one in favor of almost any of his others. I give it two stars ( instead of one ) simply because Leonard can't write anything but snappy, engaging dialogue.
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I was very disappointed with Be Cool. Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite authors, but Hollywood had managed to convince Leonard to write this sequel to Get Shorty so it could be made into a movie. The main character, Chili Palmer, manages to walk through this totally lifeless story surrounding the record business. I recommend this book for diehard Elmore Leonard fans only.
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on July 23, 1999
When I read Get Shorty, I thought wow! this is Elmore Leonard's masterpiece--or one of them. And when I grabbed a-hold of Be Cool, that was what I was expecting, another masterpiece. Well,it's not. It's disappointing and lifeless, and just WEAK! Chilli Palmer is a great character and deserves a better story than this: another behind-the-scenes shuffle, this time centered around the music industry. This setting only serves to showcase a group of weirdos and eccentrics who's sole purpose is to make Chilli look cool. My advice, just sit tight, be cool and wait for Elmore's next book--it has to be better than this.
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on June 30, 1999
Sorry, Elmore, but this is not up to your sterling standards of the past. Playing off the popularity of Get Shorty and the movie of the same name starring John Travolta, Elmore Leonard has written a movie script that tries to pass as a novel. He should have called it B Movie.
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on June 8, 1999
This story gets old quickly. It has, like Leonard's other books, some interesting characters, but they didn't hold my interest.
I also grew tired of the idea that Chili Palmer was writing his movie as the story developed - that got old fast.
This almost seemed like an idea for a film sequel that was jotted down and then fleshed out to fit a book.
If you are a fan, as I am, you will enjoy this book enough, but it falls far below what I've come to expect from this author.
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on March 13, 1999
This sequel to "Get Shorty" is about sequels. Clever, huh? Not clever enough. The dialogue was vintage Leonard (of course) but I just couldn't get into the story. It was just too 'cute' for me, too pat, too easy. Also a bit disjointed and hard to follow.
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on March 13, 1999
I'm with the minority in this review group -- the anticipation of this book was much greater than the satisfaction in the delivery. I have been a big Elmore Leonard fan for a long time, but this one fell flat for me. I couldn't raise much of an interest in any of the secondary characters, and somehow the story seemed to draaaaaaaaaaaaag and draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag and draaaaaaaaaaaaaag from time to time. Nobody can bat .400 every time -- I'm looking forward to Elmore Leonard's next one.
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