Full of mind-bending style and packed with a wild cast of characters, Crooked Little Vein infuses Robert B. Parker with Kurt Vonnegut and the madness of the graphic-novel world. A surprisingly surreal treat, it will appeal to hardcore comic fans, mystery aficionados, and anybody looking for a riotous adventure.
©2007 Warren Ellis; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"[A] snappily paced homage to William Burroughs's
Naked Lunch." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's a high-energy joyride." (Library Journal)
"Funny, inventive, and blithely appalling, this book is Dante on paint fumes." (Joss Whedon, creator, writer, and director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
This book was hilarious. Yes, there are some cringe-worthy moments but it was all in good fun. The narrator was excellent. I lost a lot of sleep with this book because i could not stop listening to it.
It's has been a few month since I have listened to this book and it has stuck with me like few books have. Sometimes I laugh out loud, others I almost gag. This book was an experience. Good, bad and ugly. I would highly recommend this book if you have a sense of humor and aren't easily offended - well, even if you aren't easily offended this book will probably test your limits. I remember exactly where I was driving when I actually gagged because of a disgusting sexual perversion described in the book. So, in all fairness, be careful because this book is graphic and pretty hardcore - but if you can keep it in perspective - it is a pretty good experience. I have been excitedly - but cautiously - waiting for the next novel.
I loved this book. The wonders of being a sh*t magnet is the talent of the main character. The people this guy attacks are bottom feeders. The fact that people tell this guy stuff that should never be told puts this guy in some situations that are hilarious. The dialog with the serial killer on a plane had me laughing out loud for at least a minute.
When I first learned about this book, I was told it wasn't for the light hearted, and boy was that true. It's simple, funny and a bit cartoonish, in a good way.
Yes, I have read good things about Gun Machine and will give it a try. But, if it is equally bad, I won't try any others.
There did not seem to be much point to the story other than a series of descriptions of intended-to-shock sexual practices. I don't know which are intended to be truthful, and therefore legitimate food for thoughts, and which are intended to be so outrageous as to be shocking within the story. But, a bigger issue is the factual errors. I don't know the facts on much of what he describes, but when he describes accessing an office building by cutting through the floor of a room from the room below, using a kitchen knife, I had to laugh. This is so utterly ridiculous that it makes me question absolutely everything else about the book.
In the end, I found the book a waste of time. I am not easily shocked, and like authors that attempt to shock (Richard K. Morgan for one), but this book seemed to have no point beyond trying to shock. These attempts seemed laughable.
I saw the reference to Naked Lunch. If this is supposed to be hallucinatory, it just does not pull it off. Skip it.
It is good that the "hero" is seriously flawed, but then so is the book
I suggest skipping this one. If you want to feel like you are flaunting the prudes, there are plenty of other books better worth your time.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
I am more familiar with Warren Ellis through his comics, so this novel seemed like a good idea. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it. I listened to it in about three days, but I felt "dirty" for listening to it -- which I suppose is the point.
Warren Ellis has a knack for forcing his audience to look at the seedy underbelly of society. Arkham Asylum was nothing if not a great look into a crazed mind in Gotham's history. But this sometimes read as if he googled unseemly activities -- some which I am convinced don't really exist -- and he puts them in the plot for shock value. However, I can see this book being compared to George Lippard's QUAKER CITY in a less political way.
Todd McLaren was unexceptional with the narration -- not bad but not phenomenal either. If I had it to do over, I might pass this one up.
This is not the greatest book in the world. There are plot holes and contrivances that are just staggering, and sometimes it seems like excuses to show weird things. But the overall package is still a lot of fun, with plenty of laugh out loud moments.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
Twisted story with weird fringe people and an author through his narrative trying to normalize increasingly sick behavior as perverse people numb to normal emotional interactions need more and more bizarre and foul interactions to "get off."
Overall, even if you're interested in what the author thinks kinky is -- hard to get around and through and likely to offend. 😱
That's really the best I can give it.
The story was interesting, and I saw where the author was trying to go with it; an ironic "present dystopia" taking elements of our everyday life that we take for granted to their inevitable extreme. But ultimately the characters were one-dimensional and all equally unlikable, the sarcasm was too heavy-handed to be funny, and the whole project just fell flat.
I felt like the author was trying to emulate Christopher Buckley, but this novel was to "Thank You for Smoking" as a Big Mac is to a well-grilled steak.
The synopsis led me to believe this was about the hunt for a lost U.S. Constitution. Instead I got a catalog of strange sexual perversions. Don't listen if you don't have the stomach for it.
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