Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I like Ellis' aesthetic and his instincts towards the lurid and explorations into the existential crisis of his characters, if that’s the right way of saying it. But I was never as big a fan of his books to expect THIS. Lunar Park knocked me on my ass. I recommend it to everyone I know, and they ALWAYS love it. LOVE it. Yes, it is a bit of a homage to Stephen King. It is even a meditation on his own work (it’s not necessary but it helps if you are at least familiar with Less Than Zero and especially American Psycho -- the novel, not the gutless film version which stripped the novel into a somewhat unconventional though no less shallow of a slasher film).
I can’t say as much as I want about this novel because it is simply better to come in clean. Suffice to say that if you’re not hooked by the first 20 pages (or repulsed), then you’re probably either weird or boring, ha. The story shifts gears after that and we get a plot Stephen King could have come up with, but it is told in a way Ellis specializes in. I wish he would write more like Lunar Park. It is somewhat of a departure. The sincerity he achieves, I mean.
Yes. James Van Der Beek makes the pages come alive with authenticity.
I think he helped capture Ellis' tone in a way I couldn't have achieved in on my own.
Ellis. The Turby.
Just a great example of top notch performances matched with stellar writing.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
I think that the combination of his style of writing infused with the books that he loved as a teenager - Stephen King's novels from the 70s and early to mid 80's - made this a particularly enjoyable listen.
I liked how Bret Easton Ellis went in a different direction in this novel than he did with previous books. Also, it was never boring. The pace was excellent and the combination of horror and dark humor were well balanced. He also wrote about children pretty well - which I don't think he has ever done in his previous works.
I haven't. This was the first.
No, I don't think so. I liked some parts better than others but the book as a whole is great. I particularly like the opening chapter and the ending portion of the story when the horror aspects kick into high gear.
Bret Easton Ellis outdoes Stephen King in this psychological-horror homage. In an attempt to return to the form of his simpler, but more effective earlier novels, Ellis wrote in the vein of the books that influenced him as a teen and the result is a gripping and highly entertaining listen. This is my favorite novel from Bret Easton Ellis and it is due in part to the combination haunted-house story and an interesting self-portrait of the image of the writer Bret Easton Ellis.
I really enjoyed the narrator, whose dry style seemed well-suited to Ellis's writing style. I loved the very unique, interesting, witty plot which blended reality and fantasy quite seamlessly. I also loved the semi-autobiographical element which tricks the reader at first before launching into the rest of the plot, but also keeps threading back through the entire book in clever ways. I love Ellis's writing.
If you are a fan of Bret Easton Ellis, you will enjoy this book. He draws from so many different genres it's hard to describe, but his writing is still pure genius. Also, as someone who truly HATED Dawson's Creek, I found James Van Der Beek to be an excellent narrator. I hope to listen to more from him in the future.
I am a big fan of Bret Ellis and was hoping that this would be more about his real life, however it's not. Great story in its own way. Very different in a good way.
James Van Der Beek should narrate every book by Bret Easton Ellis.
This book may be too much for some readers. It was for me. The dark side of the human mind is done with great skill, so much so that it was extremely disturbing. In fact, it was so disturbing, I could not continue the book. It demonstrates how far into the depths a individual can go and still be a cogent story teller.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. A bit of a departure from BEE's previous stuff, but it's interesting and compelling. Vanderbeerk's narration is great. Really great.