Item description for 50 Rooms by Jason Allan Cole...
50 Rooms is a collection of short stories based around a cast of characters who live in and around an abandoned hotel just off Hollywood Boulevard-two homeless teenage punk rockers who roam the streets of Los Angeles, scamming and stealing just to survive another night in a brutal and unforgiving city; a man who works in a slaughterhouse desperately fighting to keep his sanity and find some kind of meaning in his life; an emotionally abused small person who reaches his breaking point in a convenience store; a maniacal Hollywood stuntman and his neglected girlfriend and a writer who is visited by the ghost of Charles Bukowski. These are just a few of the inhabitants of the dark corners of this forgotten world. The stories explore the lives of people most of us never come in contact with and would prefer not to know. They travel into environments we will likely only ever experience in the pages of 50 Rooms. This is an excursion into the darker side of life: in the underground Los Angeles punk scene of the mid-eighties, the slaughterhouse, the car of an addict driving to a murder, the barroom haunted by a literary legend and the halls and rooms of an abandoned Hollywood hotel. 50 Rooms takes you places you've never been before-and will leave you with memories you need no photographs to remember.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Zumaya Publications US
ISBN 1934135755 ISBN13 9781934135754
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Jason Allan Cole's "50 Rooms" is filled with the heartbreak, loneliness and anger of the alienated souls who live in Los Angeles--or any other city in America. The book consists of Jasons thinly disguised autobiographical experiences, as well as stories of misfits and outcasts who are shunned or ignored by mainstream society. Nevertheless, there is redemption, perhaps too little or too late for some, but lasting for others. "50 Rooms" is a secular "Pilgrim's Progress" for the latter 20th century.
Great Debut Apr 25, 2008
This is a marvelous collection of short stories. But don't take my word for it, after all, Jason is my son. Instead, check out what J.A. Kaszuba Lock, reviewer for the prestigious Canadian literary site Bookloons.com had to say about the matter:
Bookloons.com - Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Lock - Jason Allan Cole, son of author Allan Cole, makes his debut with 50 Rooms - eleven short stories set in Los Angeles, California. They are eye-openers to a part of society that many try to forget - the homeless who dwell in the 'stinking alleys, and the condemned, abandoned buildings', down-and-outers, alcoholics, drug addicts, and dealers, and young Santa Monica girls lured willingly from their rich homes bordering Hollywood Boulevard.
Cole brings out that it isn't only the homeless who use these buildings, but also what he refers to as Playboy Gangster Crips who bring in their whores as well as drugs to sell. Sixteen-year old me, who has his space in one of the rooms, tells us, 'When you're homeless you get possessive. Much more than a person with many things of value ... when you have next to nothing, which in reality is nothing, you don't want to give it up to any man. What you have in your pockets is all that stands between you and the final insult of death and dishonor.'
The Quality of Mercy is narrated by Frank, a worker at the meatpacking plant. In the boss's office is a new secretary named Mercy, whose appearance brightens his outlook. Off to the Tattle Tale Room after punching out, and there she is - with the company foreman. Frank fancies taking her to dinner at a nice restaurant. He gets a new suit, a haircut, is off drugs for three weeks, and further into debt buying a new vehicle - all to impress Mercy. All Frank's efforts end in vain.
Another story begins, 'I was fifteen, and this would be the last year I would live at home.' With his parents and their friends, young Ethan does coke, drinks until all hours of the night, smokes pot, and takes Quaaludes. In a week he's homeless after a very drunk dad chases him down the street. 'The future was now. It still is', he muses.
In Short People we meet a midget named Carl, a mini-mart employee. Carl was never adopted from the county home, which he left at age eighteen. Carl hates his customers who have 'eyes with no souls behind them'. Anger gets out of hand - on both sides. Joe's story is earthshaking in He Drove. Joe seeks the whereabouts of Molly; he's been with others but cannot forget her. Anger turns to rage as he approaches her door.
The author - whose dedication to his wife Hiroko Cole reads, 'You taught me how to live again' - portrays the reality of street life. Common threads run through these stories that lean toward open endings, leaving readers pondering intent and meaning. 50 Rooms is not a light read but the characters, their world, and placement in society, are not promptly forgotten.
Oh, the Brilliance of Darkness! Apr 24, 2008
Jason Allan Cole's 50 Rooms is a journey into the seedy underbelly, grungy nooks and filthy crannies of Los Angeles... or to put it more accurately, the City of Fallen Angels. A must read in Punk literature, and if you have Bukowski on your shelves, then you must have Cole too. This collection of Fictional Shorts will send you reeling through the minds and faculties of the utterly peccant, the inebriate, the unhinged and even the psychotic. Scary, humorous and graphic, Cole makes a focused effort that is fascinating to read. Congratulations sir, on a great piece of work!
Bravo! Mar 26, 2008
With 50 Rooms, Jason Allan Cole has made his mark on the world of modern fiction with a book of short stories that rivals West, Vonnegut, or Hemingway, and is sure to impress even the toughest critics. Like a fly on a filthy paint peeled wall, the reader is given a little corner of every room in which to view the inner workings of the minds of its characters; the desperate, the marginalized, the insane, the alcoholic and drug addicted. They are all seeking something... a way out...a way in... a way forward...until the cruel irony of this world chokes the life out of them. Bravo! I can't wait to read the next one.