Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia

"The immortal shadow of Elvis Presley gyrates wildly through this satiric exploration of America's fascination with tabloid journalism." --Publishers Weekly "Thoroughly entertaining . . . A quirky, hard-edged, slightly absurdist thriller from a writer who definitely bears watching." --Booklist ?In his paean to the perplexities of dislocation and discovery?both in bohemian li "The immortal shadow of Elvis Presley gyrates wildly through this satiric exploration of America's fascinatio...

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Title:Mesopotamia
Author:Arthur Nersesian
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1936070081
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:225 pages pages

Mesopotamia Reviews

  • Punk
    Dec 15, 2016

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

  • Jason Pettus
    Apr 20, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

  • Amy
    Feb 13, 2013

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

  • Lori
    May 28, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

  • Dan
    May 31, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

    Quirky, odd, but never dull. I don't know that I loved it, but I kept going back to it to see what would happen next. ...

    really interesting............. ...

    The story was interesting, but sometimes a bit confusing, and the big twist was a bit too easy to figure out. It was entertaining. ...

    murders, elvis impersonators, murdered elvis impersonators. What's not to like about Nersesian's newest novel? ...

  • ABC Group
    Jun 09, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

  • Marta
    Apr 25, 2011

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

  • Molly
    Jan 03, 2011

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

  • Marievaligorsky
    Oct 08, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

  • Carole
    May 30, 2011

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

  • Bria
    Dec 07, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

  • Linda
    May 29, 2011

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

  • Alan Prevallet
    Jan 14, 2011

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

  • Lisa Welch
    Aug 29, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

  • Sarah
    Jul 17, 2010

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

  • Bandit
    Aug 20, 2012

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

  • Trevor Craig
    Jul 09, 2012

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

  • Ron
    Nov 19, 2012

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

  • Suge
    Jul 22, 2012

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

  • Carrieliauw
    Jun 16, 2015

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

  • Erin
    Nov 19, 2012

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

    Quirky, odd, but never dull. I don't know that I loved it, but I kept going back to it to see what would happen next. ...

    really interesting............. ...

    The story was interesting, but sometimes a bit confusing, and the big twist was a bit too easy to figure out. It was entertaining. ...

  • Jeremiah
    Nov 29, 2013

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

  • Katrien
    May 26, 2014

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

    Quirky, odd, but never dull. I don't know that I loved it, but I kept going back to it to see what would happen next. ...

  • Jason
    Sep 24, 2014

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

    Quirky, odd, but never dull. I don't know that I loved it, but I kept going back to it to see what would happen next. ...

    really interesting............. ...

    The story was interesting, but sometimes a bit confusing, and the big twist was a bit too easy to figure out. It was entertaining. ...

    murders, elvis impersonators, murdered elvis impersonators. What's not to like about Nersesian's newest novel? ...

    I love some of Nersesian's older books, but this whole story was just kind of dumb. ...

  • Ann Gerakaris
    Jul 12, 2012

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

    Quirky, odd, but never dull. I don't know that I loved it, but I kept going back to it to see what would happen next. ...

    really interesting............. ...

    The story was interesting, but sometimes a bit confusing, and the big twist was a bit too easy to figure out. It was entertaining. ...

    murders, elvis impersonators, murdered elvis impersonators. What's not to like about Nersesian's newest novel? ...

    I love some of Nersesian's older books, but this whole story was just kind of dumb. ...

    ...

  • Jill Cordry
    Nov 10, 2013

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

  • Mitsu
    Aug 15, 2014

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

  • Pragyan Priyadarshini
    Jun 15, 2014

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

    Free e-book advent calendar from Akashic Books: Download Mesopotamia for FREE until midnight, December 15, 2016! Comes in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything. ...

    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

    Quirky, odd, but never dull. I don't know that I loved it, but I kept going back to it to see what would happen next. ...

    really interesting............. ...

  • Mike Sill
    Sep 27, 2016

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...

    This book was pretty good, but not up to par with Nersesians previous novels. The story follows a washed up alcoholic journalist looking for one last job to report on. The story is easy to get into, doesn't take long for the story to get to its plot. While this isn't my favorite Nerses...

    As another reviewer mentioned I thought it was going to be a lot darker judging by the cover (which we all know we shouldn't do). Essentially it is story about what happened to Elvis Presley with a bit of murder mystery and tabloid journalism thrown in. There are a few twists in it but...

    If you like off the wall stories involving Elvis impersonators, small-town Tennessee and tabloid reporting all mixed with alcohol and pompadours, you'll love this books. It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author but I remember loving "The Fuck Up". This story wa...

    Loved this book. I would not have normally picked it up, but the local Borders was closing and all their books were 90% off, so I thought, "what the heck." Mesopotamia turns out to be a small rural town midway between Memphis and Nashville. The story is of a Korean tabloid reports and ...

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    I didn't know what this was about prior to purchasing it; But as a Nersesian fan I took a chance. Although this was not my favorite book, it was still an enjoyable read. However, it just didn't stand out as much as his other works which is why I went with the three stars. ...

    elvis-mania! very original -- an interesting peek into tennessee and 'bloid writing ...

    The premise is interesting, someone is killing Elvis impersonators, but this book could really have benefitted from editing. The story line is confusing, and the writing is too clever. ...

    Not like his other books. Slightly funny but not funny enough. ...

    galley from BEA Author didnt show for a signing, So upset! I love Nersesian... ...

    don't judge a book by its author? ...

    I like it a lot more after I was finished than while I was reading. ...

    I never thought I would read and like a book about Elvis impersonators! ...

    An entertaining and easy read for when one is up all night horribly jet lagged. Could have used better editing though. ...

    Quirky, odd, but never dull. I don't know that I loved it, but I kept going back to it to see what would happen next. ...

    really interesting............. ...

    The story was interesting, but sometimes a bit confusing, and the big twist was a bit too easy to figure out. It was entertaining. ...

    murders, elvis impersonators, murdered elvis impersonators. What's not to like about Nersesian's newest novel? ...

    I love some of Nersesian's older books, but this whole story was just kind of dumb. ...

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  • Tina
    Apr 28, 2016

    This book just proves that good writing transcends genres. Mesopotamia wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Nersesian, instead of a stark unflinchingly graphic and honest New York drama, this is a mystery set in the south. It has all the strengths of his other books, particularly...

    found the cover a bit misleading as I thought it would be a dark-noir type mystery however it read more like chic-lit which isn't my cup of tea. I should have paid closely attention to the blurb - my bad. ...

    This is one very different book. I would put it in the new class of "white trash mystery". This book was enjoyable because of the characters you hate to love and the absolutely bizarr-o plot twists. Entertaining and surprising. I will definitely be checking out more by this author!!! ...

    I couldn't get into it. Don't care for his style of writing at all. ...

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) It's no secret that I'm a pretty huge fan of Akashic Books, although even the greatest sm...

    Having fallen in love with The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, Unlubricated and Nersesian's other gritty fast-paced novels of protagonists so achingly realistic, I'm a huge sold and every book of his I read like a hungry wolf- or like he would put it "starved for literature", his literature. Mesopota...

    Mesopotamia is a step apart from the other works I've read by Arthur Nersesian. In prior works, historical issues have been developed, retold and set forward to tell a alternative story...or one with a particular slant. While this happens again in Mesopotamia, it's been a while since I...

    Nersesian wrote a pair of brilliant and evocative novels from the fringe, descended rapidly into an odd form of mainstream mediocrity, and has now fallen into utter banality and irrelevance. The plot is silly and convoluted, partly because there are almost no memorable characters, and ...

    I want to preface this review by saying I absolutely adore Nersesian's style of writing. Hands down, he is my favorite author. This particular book was a bit of a Midwestern Scooby Doo tale. Laced with a couple of misfit minorities, it gives you a true depiction of Midwest demograp...