The Last Days of Video

The Last Days of Video

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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The video stores are dying. But most of you don't care. You've got your Netflix and your Redbox and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store? Well that grumpy guy is Waring Wax, and he's usually too drunk to worry about his declining business at Star Video, let alone his quickly evolving extinction in popular culture. But everything changes in his small college town when a bright and shiny Blockbuster Video opens nearby: Clearly, this means war. So, Waring enlists the help of his two reluctant employees, wildly sexy Alaura and desperate virgin Jeff-who are almost as nuts as he is-to hatch a series of wild schemes to save their little store and fight against the corporate invaders. Together, these three misfits try to save Star Video while confronting, among other things, Waring's self-destructive tendencies, a life training cult, corporate bicycle gangs, and a Hollywood director who constantly sees the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock while in town shooting his latest film. The Last Days of Video is a hilarious elegy for a bygone era, a quirky and charming story of redemption for a group of
Publisher: [United States] : Soft Skull Press : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
ISBN: 1619025183
9781619025189
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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abcDena
Mar 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this nostalgic little book. It's the familiar tale of a group of misfits working in a store that's under threat from the monster known as The Future. In this case, the future comes in the shape of a new BlockBuster video store, down the street from a small-town but excellent video shop. The author does a great job involving you in the characters' lives, while taking you on a trip back in time. The book is full of pop culture references that will delight nostalgic Generation X-ers.

Very similar in style and tone to writers like:

Douglas Coupland
Tom Perrotta
Nick Hornby

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Colossus1574
Jul 07, 2015

I found this book quite enjoyable, and it made for a smooth quick read, nothing really there that makes you have to think too deeply about, but it does bring back a strong sense of nostalgia for the readers who remembered the days of the end of VHS and the dawn of DVD at the local rental shops. Without making too much of a comparison, this book feels a lot like Kevin Smith's Mallrats and Clerks, but without all the vulgarity and raunch. Because deep down even after all the hijinx is over, it's still boils down to being a nice feel good story about a few lovable characters in a small little town. (Being a movie buff will help a reader juice that little extra bit of fun out of this book with all it's film factoids and tidbits that come up throughout the story)

lib_apart Mar 18, 2015

Some scenes from this novel seem to be right out of a screenplay, which may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your perspective. This seems fitting considering the subject matter: a down-and-out video store that is facing the Blockbuster video behemoth. The characters are fun and it's a good read, but there's not much that's original here.

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