Monday, October 10, 2011

Books, Babes and Bordeaux talks with Gabe Rotter, author of "The Human Bobby"

 It's been a year since I read and reviewed "The Human Bobby" but it is a book I will never forget.  Compulsively readable, gripping, and brain-screwing, I read it in one sitting.  Which does happen now and again, but with my schedule, not very often. 

Even a more glowing testament to the book would be my BFF's experience.  She never reads print.  EVER.  Her schedule is worse than mine, so she does audio, or she doesn't do it at all.  I lent her "The Human Bobby" for good beach reading this past summer for her vacation, and she finished it before her toes hit the sand.  You must understand, this is BIG. 

So when we were batting around ideas for our October read for Books, Babes and Bordeaux, several people requested a book we could read quickly (we had babies being born, people getting married, etc.).  Heather and I told everyone the perfect solution was "The Human Bobby".  As a secondary thought, I looked up the novel's author Gabe Rotter and asked him if he wouldn't mind chatting with us, and without hesitation, he agreed.  Gabe Rotter rocks.

 

Gabe's first love and his college education is in film.  He began his career as a writing assistant under Chris Carter for The X-Files.  After that series ended, he wrote "Duck Duck Wally", his first novel, a humorous tale about show business. He has also written a comic book, and currently works as Director of Development for Ten Thirteen Productions with Chris Carter. 

In talking to Gabe, he was exactly what you would imagine...very cool, very approachable, at ease, and unassuming.  Here are some things he shared with us:

Insight into ambiguous twists in "The Human Bobby":  Gabe would not throw us a bone.  He feels that is the beauty of the story - you can interpret it many different ways, none of them wrong.  This response generated a universal groan from all of us!  No!  We want answers!  I think in order to form any kind of an opinion, I'm going to have to re-read.

On the book's effect on his friends:  One of Gabe's friends read "The Human Bobby" when it was a work-in-progress, and because the friend had a young child, he almost wasn't able to deal with it.  (The plot involves a child abduction, and is stomach-turning.)  Surprisingly, Gabe didn't have children when he wrote it.  Despite that, he got all the emotions right.  He has a baby girl now, and was pretty sure writing about an abduction would be a whole different and stressful experience post-fatherhood.

On getting the perspective of the homeless:  Gabe spent significant time studying and speaking to the homeless in order to nail down their afflictions, behaviorisms, and the situations that brought to them that place in their lives.  This made alot of sense to our book club, because he captured the essence of the homeless thing just like he captured the essence of the abduction thing.

So about these comparisons between "The Human Bobby" and "Shutter Island"...Gabe stated that after he had finished Bobby, someone tipped him off that there were some similarities to Lehane's mind-bender.  And he was devastated.  Still, after watching the movie, Gabe felt there was enough distinction between the two to hold his own.  There has been interest in making Bobby into a movie (which we all believe would be incredible).  We can only hope...

Current projects?  Gabe has a couple of projects in the works.  He is currently working on an adaptation of "Duck Duck Wally" for a cable series (no word yet on whether this is a done deal or not).  He is also working on something secret-y with Chris Carter for television that may come to pass as well.  We were told to stay tuned for news on both! 

His favorite books?  I did not take notes (bad Sandy), but I recall three books that have made an impression on Gabe throughout the years. "Kane and Abel" by Jeffrey Archer.  "The Count of Monte Christo" by Alexandre Dumas (which Gabe called "f-ing brilliant").  And "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer, which I just finished.       


We wrapped up our conversation with Gabe by him offering to send us a few copies of "Duck Duck Wally".  Again, Gabe Rotter rocks.  Although he warned us that it is a completely different book than Bobby, the author is the same and that is all that matters.
  
Have you read "The Human Bobby" yet?  Since there is a readathon coming up, I would highly recommend grabbing this book for such an event.  It is the quickest 300 pages you will ever read, and I guarantee you won't be needing any caffeine to stay awake.

        

15 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I loved The Human Bobby and read it on my way to SIBA in 2011! Who knew Gabe Rotter is cute too? I swear you're trying to corner the market on hunky authors.

Jenny said...

Ooh the count of monte cristo and EC & IC... Loved both. I will read this soon!

Beth F said...

I think you are becoming a cute-author magnet! LOL.

I haven't read Human Bobby . . . yet. I'll try to fit it in.

Rotter seems so nice.

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I loved this one as well. It really stayed with me. Great post!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I haven't read it! And I agree with Candace on all counts!

Trisha said...

Yep, this is one I haven't read yet. So very many books to read... :)

Marce said...

One of my favourite bloggers highly recommended this one, now you with some additions, definitely want to read it now.

And I have to agree he is handsome, something charming about his look.

Anita said...

Great idea for the Readathon!! I haven't planned what I'll read yet...so I might add this one!

Zibilee said...

You did such a good job with recapping the conversation here! I have to admit that I am pretty excited about what Gabe is working on now, and I am just waiting for the news to break on the details of the new projects. Since I arrived late, I didn't get a chance to see the picture of Gabe the other night, but oh yes, he is quite a cutie!

heidenkind said...

Whoa! He wrote for the X-Files?! I love him already!

I don't know what it's about, but I'm still voting for Leonardo di Caprio to star in the BOBBY movie adaptation.

Jenners said...

If I can read it in one sitting, it will be up next!! I need something really really good as my book now is a bit of a loser. The only thing that gave me pause was that he liked Kane & Abel -- I HATED THAT BOOK!!!

Julie P. said...

I need to read The Human Bobby. Kathy sent me her copy because both of you raved about it so much.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I'm so glad you wrote this up! Gabe Rotter was such a great guy to talk to, kudos to you for setting up the phone meeting. :)

christa @ mental foodie said...

This is one of my favorite reads this year! Wouldn't in a million years picked it out on my own based on title/cover, but I am glad I found it through bloggers' recommendation!

Melissa said...

I remember this cover from your earlier review, and am sure that I have the title saved on a to read list somewhere, but I'm off to the library website right now to see if I can find it!