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Refresh, Refresh txt Refresh, Refresh , text ebook Refresh, Refresh , adobe reader Refresh, Refresh , chapter 2 Refresh, Refresh , Refresh, Refresh 43838d The War In Iraq Empties The Small Town Of Tumalo, Oregon, Of Men Of Fathers Leaving Their Sons To Fight Among Themselves But The Boys Bravado Fades At Home When, Alone, They Check E Mail Again And Again For Word From Their Fathers At The FrontOften From Fractured Homes And Communities, The Young Men In These Breathless Stories Do The Unthinkable To Prove To Themselves To Everyone That They Are Strong Enough To Face The Heartbreak In This World Set In Rural Oregon With The Shadow Of The Cascade Mountains Hanging Over Them, These Stories Bring You Face To Face With A Mad Bear, A House With A Basement That Opens Up Into A Cave, A Nuclear Meltdown That Renders The Pacific Northwest Into A Contemporary Wild West Refresh, Refresh By Benjamin Percy Is A Bold, Fiery, And Unforgettable Collection That Deals With Vital Issues Of Our Time


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10 thoughts on “Refresh, Refresh

  1. says:

    Aaargh This book has had me tied up in knots since I finished it yesterday I don t know if it s because of the air of quiet desperation hovering around the pages, that certain knowledge that NOTHING will end well for anyone, or if it s the fact that I have two teenaged boys whose futures I m worried about It s not a pleasant feeling.The boys in this story live in rural Oregon Their fathers are fighting in Iraq There s not much to do but hang out in the Walmart parking lot, drink, and get Aaargh This book has had me tied up in knots since I finished it yesterday I don t know if it s because of the air of quiet desperation hovering around the pages, that certain knowledge that NOTHING will end well for anyone, or if it s the fact that I have two teenaged boys whose futures I m worried about It s not a pleasant feeling.The boys in this story live in rural Oregon Their fathers are fighting in Iraq There s not much to do but hang out in the Walmart parking lot, drink, and get into trouble And fight The boys stand in a circle and wail on each other First with boxing gloves, later with sticks and, dear god socks full of pennies Then they go home, get on the computer and look for emails from their dads Constantly hitting refresh, refresh, they hope for a sign One that, no matter what it says, means Hey I m alive The artwork in this graphic novel is excellent Seasons bleed into one another, and the beautiful landscapes contrast sharply with the violent story The plot itself is far from perfect Some storylines emerge, get interesting, then disappear altogether, or are left up in the air.Having a parent fighting overseas is something many children and teens have had to deal with I hope their options turned out to behopeful than the ones facing the boys in this book


  2. says:

    I really should dock a star because of the over familiarity of the themes Meltdown for instance is a post nuclear accident story similar to The Road, and in another a father and son come across a body on a hunting expedition, much like Carver s So Much Water So Close to Home and maybe for its extreme masculinity women hardly feature except as longed for or disgusted by creatures These are mostly Iraq war stories, but set in the Oregon towns the soldiers leave or come back to and the protag I really should dock a star because of the over familiarity of the themes Meltdown for instance is a post nuclear accident story similar to The Road, and in another a father and son come across a body on a hunting expedition, much like Carver s So Much Water So Close to Home and maybe for its extreme masculinity women hardly feature except as longed for or disgusted by creatures These are mostly Iraq war stories, but set in the Oregon towns the soldiers leave or come back to and the protagonists are often the ones left behind Refresh Refresh refers to a son checking his emails from his father which become less and less frequent as he enters the combat zone Most feature hunting, shooting, motorbiking, drinking, knifing An ex soldier keeps a sawn off foot in a bucket of formaldehyde, another watches the bullet blast towards him and screws up his face to absorb it A softball portion of his skull comes off and strikes the wall behind him with a red and gray splatter He slumps back and his beer tips over and gurgles across the table in a foaming rush.There s so much death about deer and bear as well as human that you may feel like the pilot who transports body bags some of them leak through their zippers. a smell coming from them, the rottenness brought on by humidity It got into your clothes and hair like cigarette smoke, so badly that a Saigon whore once refused him until he showered, and even then she kept her face turned away.However the stories are done with such panache, such attention to the feel, the smell, the sound of things, that you feel each bump and hurt Here two boys go biking in the snow Our engines filled the white silence of the afternoon Our back tires kicked up plumes of powder, and on sharp turns slipped out beneath us and we lay there, in the middle of the road, bleeding, laughing, unafraid.Another vehicle weather passage A drizzle starts, dotting the windshield The drizzle thickens into a rain, coming down in gray sheets the wipers can t keep up with And then the air blurs and thickens with swirling white as the hail begins The world takes on a big rattle. The hailstones drum down against the hood and the roof and the windshiled and he can feel the vibrations in his fingers his fingers wrapped tighlty around the wheel, fighting the wind and the uncertain surface of the roadYou understand the inarticulacy of these men I particualrly liked the least bloody one which depicts a grumpy man having to accept a returning soldier to accompany him on his tedious job and the budding father son substitute relationship that ensues in Somebody is Going to Have to Pay for This. And also the souring of a marriage after the discovery of an ectopic pregnancy in The Faulty BuilderWhen the doctor removed it it had a thatch of black hair and a scrunched up face, teeth he determined it had been inside her for many years dead curled up in the dark muddy pocket of her belly.You might want to look away, you might dislike the protagonists, flawed, disturbed, sometimes brutal, but the writing seeps, sometimes blasts straight into you Powerful and gripping


  3. says:

    This sounded like it was going to be a lotinteresting and deep than it turned out to be Very few words throughout the entire thing It was one of those reads that was mostly pictures, and that had just enough conversation to fill in the blanks and make some impact.Overall, I don t have much to say about this book It was so swift and without anything really of consequence that I read the entire thing, front to back, in less than half an hour I took no breaks, and whatever thoughts I had This sounded like it was going to be a lotinteresting and deep than it turned out to be Very few words throughout the entire thing It was one of those reads that was mostly pictures, and that had just enough conversation to fill in the blanks and make some impact.Overall, I don t have much to say about this book It was so swift and without anything really of consequence that I read the entire thing, front to back, in less than half an hour I took no breaks, and whatever thoughts I had weren t notable enough that I felt I even had to put up status updates to comment on them It was one of those reads that I just read And then when it was done, it was done _ Comments No, don t really have any Feelings, emotions, thoughts well I get what they were trying to portray through it, and in some senses, I felt like I was getting a little bit of the message But for whatever reason, I couldn t empathize with these characters It had nothing to do with the fact that they were high school boys, or that they did crazy things, or that their fathers were in the war I just felt there was not enough content to warrant any reaction It ended up leaving me really Blaaaahhhhh to the whole thing Shakes her head I don t even know what to say to this I didn t like it, and I didn t hate it It gets no emotions out of me, and I even have to question whether or not there s anything worththan a few pictures here.It seems like they wasted an awful lot of ink and paper to give us a message that could have been conveyed on a couple of pages at the most _ Shameful.In the end, would I read it again Probably not Would I recommend it Eh It was alright If you want to check it out, don t buy it Please Save your money It s not worth it Get it from your library or read it in the comic book store if you have to It ll only take 30mins at the most, if not even less It s that easy of a read


  4. says:

    A disturbing tale of three high school boys living in a small town Their fathers, like many people in the town, have been shipped off to the Iraq war Left to take on responsibilities and face realities about violence and adulthood, the boys flounder but maintain a tight friendship The art is not great I was surprised to learn the artist had used models for the characters, as I had a hard time telling them apart , but there are a few scenes of beauty or well conveyed emotion.


  5. says:

    This story didn t do much for me The characters never drew me in, and I felt no empathy for them It is a sad topic, and an important one, but the way it was presented was not very interesting I think you could find better books on the topic.


  6. says:

    I really didn t like this graphic novel I m sure some would, but it wasn t my cup of tea2 stars.This graphic novel is about 3 friends who live in some state, I can t remember All 3 of their dads are in the War with Afghanistan The boys are seniors and are bored so they like to dick around town either drinking or fighting One boy is a good kid with good grades and wants to go to college One boy is really into joining the military like his dad and I don t really know much about the other k I really didn t like this graphic novel I m sure some would, but it wasn t my cup of tea2 stars.This graphic novel is about 3 friends who live in some state, I can t remember All 3 of their dads are in the War with Afghanistan The boys are seniors and are bored so they like to dick around town either drinking or fighting One boy is a good kid with good grades and wants to go to college One boy is really into joining the military like his dad and I don t really know much about the other kid Anyways, the graphic novel is called refresh, refresh because all three boys continually refresh their email in hopes of hearing from their fathers There is an older guy, not sure his age, that likes to talk to the boys, not sure if he wants them to join the marines or what This man is also the one who comes to your door with the bad news of so and so has just died.One of the characters finds out from this older guy that his dad has died in the War So the boys beat the shit out of him The boy who just lost his father wants to kill this man Instead he decides since he just turned 18 he will also enlist in hopes of getting revenge for his father s death.I am not interested in reading about War I am not interested in reading about teens getting drunk, looking to get laid or fighting each other for kicks And I m certainly not interested in reading about people beating up the bearer of bad news It was just all kinds of awful


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    When I read that this was a graphic novelization of a screenplay adapted from a short story, I got worried I d read some good reviews of this, but could it really be that great But I sped right through it and really felt for the characters My library serves many military families stationed at Fort Lewis so I felt a special connection with these boy s stories The plot didn t have as much to do with their backyard boxing ring as I expected All three boys have very different experiences with t When I read that this was a graphic novelization of a screenplay adapted from a short story, I got worried I d read some good reviews of this, but could it really be that great But I sped right through it and really felt for the characters My library serves many military families stationed at Fort Lewis so I felt a special connection with these boy s stories The plot didn t have as much to do with their backyard boxing ring as I expected All three boys have very different experiences with their fathers deployments and the small town Oregon setting made it that much closer to home.My main concern, though, is I can t figure out how I can get this in the hands of my local teen readers The cover is this muted green color that I don t think has very high guy appeal And the illustration style is a little inaccessible Most of the book are short scenes and character sketches of the three guys The hook potential action doesn t happen until the climax, so I d hate to give that away in a booktalk


  8. says:

    A series of artful, full color vignettes present the intertwined stories of three American teen boys whose fathers are fighting in Iraq I gobbled this down in one sitting, and I can see my high school boy students really enjoying this My one beef with this book is the ending It was resolved enough, but I wanted .


  9. says:

    Although I understood the plight of the boys, this was a little too pro military for me It reads like a Join the Army brochure Ponsoldt writes teenage boys very well, and this wasn t what I d call a waste of time course I read it in like 15 minutes However, the whole tragedy leads to conformity ending really pissed me off.


  10. says:

    I guess I m a little cynical I lost faith in the short story Did I Is that it When I read, I m hopeful And, despite my faithlessness, I am sometimes surprised Let s see I bought their books after reading Richard Russo s Horseman, Roy Kesey s Wait, Nathan Englander s How We Avenged the Blums, and William Gay s, Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You Lorrie Moore has been pretty influential Kyle Minor gave me a Flannery O Connor epiphany with A Day Meant to Do Less I guess I m a little cynical I lost faith in the short story Did I Is that it When I read, I m hopeful And, despite my faithlessness, I am sometimes surprised Let s see I bought their books after reading Richard Russo s Horseman, Roy Kesey s Wait, Nathan Englander s How We Avenged the Blums, and William Gay s, Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You Lorrie Moore has been pretty influential Kyle Minor gave me a Flannery O Connor epiphany with A Day Meant to Do Less And I m still in love with Tim O Brien s THE THINGS THEY CARRIED.Sometimes I hold the stories up to my own fierce literary theories about the redemptive end see my essay on Lost, which is out there somewhere Sometimes I read stuff and just forget about it But sometimes I read something and take notes Okay, let s not call me cynical Let s use eclectic instead.So I just finished Benjamin Percy s REFRESH, REFRESH This is one of the good ones I m not sure it really meets my whole redemptive end standards, but these are good stories with meaning and resolution They re also fairly, hmm, masculine I can tell a guy wrote them I hope that s okay to say I know I don t like when people say that I write for women I don t but I m okay if you say I write like a girl These are stories written by a guy, though they re not enmeshed in that Hemingway macho stuff There is, however, a fair amount of hunting and fishing But, ultimately, they re stories for men and women Perhaps they deal with a universal concern They ask, if you will, the secularized version of the question posed by theologian Francis Schaeffer, How shall we then live Soldiers return home from Iraq How shall we then live Marriages sour How shall we then live A car crash kills How shall we then live A father abandons his family How shall we then live I liked most of the stories, but my favorites were The Caves of Oregon, Meltdown, and Crash The Caves of Oregon plays a little, maybe, with Plato s Allegory of the Cave okay, I m probably making this up but I like stories about marriages that contain the sweetness and the pitfalls of commitment Good marriage stories are kinda rare Meltdown reminded me a little of THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy, and a little of THE ROAD WARRIOR, the movie Mel Gibson, circa my late childhood But there were things in this story that weren t in THE ROAD and their absence in McCarthy always bugged me This story had context A reason for its apocalyptic reality The protagonist had a history That is serious cause for celebration And then Crash Yeah, I have my own car crash story I liked this for a number of reasons Part of it has to do with marriage again The protagonist is destroyed over the death of his wife however, it wasn t a marriage or a life he dreamed about He married the high school girlfriend because she was pregnant He didn t go out into the world to study international politics He didn t live in a big, beautiful house He lived with his wife and kid in a trailer by his parents farm, where he worked too And, yet, this death the death of his wife devastates him She was his wife nonetheless I also like the way the protagonist talks to his daughter, and the way he has a moment of shame because his groceries do not include soymilk But, again, a central theme is a line in the story Here is my life Oh, did I mention these stories mostly take place in Oregon Which is refreshing, pun slightly intended, because most stories these days seem pretty East Coastish even my own Unless we re talking Annie Proulx, but we re not I ll readBenjamin Percy I think they re making a movie of his novel


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