The first 8 hours of this book annoyed me. I was really ticked about wasting a credit n this book that supposedly would "blow my mind, for more than 8 hours". The first 8 hours is nothing but the guy snorting his fortune up his nose, drinking too much, and screwing up any chance of making his family happy.
The last three and a half hours were great. Absolutely phenominal. I even learned to ignore all of the cocaine and heroin he was doing. It was an intense thriller that I didn't want to stop listening to. The problem was that I had to wait so long for the story to pick up, that it killed the whole experience. This book would make a great movie, but don't waste your download. It is a tedious listen and the good parts don't make up for the bad.
I listened to this one because I was intrigued by the author using himself as a character, and also I read a positive review by Stephen King. But sadly I did not like it at all. "Bret" just seemed like a complete jerk with no redeeming qualities, and I wound up not caring what happened to him. The other characters seemed so one-dimensional I didn't care about them either. I didn't find it particularly scary or even creepy. And the end just left me scratching my head. Lots of other people seemed to enjoy it, so maybe I just didn't get it. This was my first exposure to Bret Easton Ellis, unless you count seeing "Less Than Zero", so maybe that was a handicap for me as well.
The book starts slow. In fact, I thought the reader was giving me a foreward at the start. No doubt, this is a scary book. But, I found it ultimately unsatisfying. The main character does stupid things and knows what he is doing is stupid. He knows he is sqaundering a wonderful relationship. Yet, he does nothing to stop his own stupid behaviour. By the end, little is resolved or answered. Why does his dad torment him? And is it his father that is the source of the torment? Why do family members leave, but show up at the end? What happened to all the lost boys? I would avoid this one.
It seemed that I stepped into a story at the very end, missing much of the information a true Ellis reader would have. When I chose Lunar Park, I did not know what to expect. Brett Ellis has done a great job of walking the thin line between reality and fantasy; he kept me guessing for most of the Novel. I suggest reading his previous books to have a true understanding of Lunar Park.
It started out somewhat interesting and disintegrated from there. I lost interest in the characters and the story, and the whole thing kind of climaxed in ridiculousness.
I had a difficult time with the author starring as the main character. I thought the Bret Easton Ellis irony, sarcasm, suffering and pain, which I love, were missing in "Lunar Park". None of the original characters from the previous books resurfaces in "Lunar Park" so this one did not feel like part of the nuerotic and narcissistic dynasty. I was not charmed by this one. Maybe I missed something.