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A mysterious gray book drives Ollister and Adelaide’s twisted po-mo relationship. When it goes missing, they go nuts: he plots revenge against art patriarch The Platypus while she obsesses over their anti-love affair. Meanwhile, the other art school scenesters experiment with bad drugs, bad sex, and bad ideas. When a punk named Punk shows up with a potent sex drug, the who
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 28th 2008 by Featherproof Books
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David Katzman
Perhaps I didn’t love this because I finished it while recovering from food poisoning, but unfortunately nothing leaves one with quite as distasteful a mindset as projectile vomiting. Which, coincidentally, some characters in this novel do with alarming frequency.

When I was an undergrad, I had two dorm neighbors who were art students. One of them was the most hilarious guy I had ever met in my life. Just about everything he ever said made me laugh uncontrollably. The other guy was cool, and I le...more
Kyle
what an outrageous book. beautiful and hectic, whip-smart and deep of heart, and more fun than any novel i've read in a long, long time.
Jason Jordan
By and large, the selling point of boring boring boring boring boring boring boring (that's seven, count 'em) is its idiosyncratic design. While most of it works well and provides eye candy, the frequent use of bolded, italicized, and bolded italicized words within the actual text is unnecessary, I think, and probably distracting to some. I liked a few of the characters--Punk, most notably--but I felt there were too many. Lastly, I think the plot is a tad inflated for my tastes. Nonetheless, th...more
Nick
A good example of ambition exceeding execution.
Kevin
A brilliant juxtaposition of story (casual yet ambitious, slackerish yet gonzo) and design (a hyperactive visual feast). I got to read with Zach at three different events this summer and he was also a superb reader of his work.
featherproof
When the mysterious gray book that drives their twisted relationship goes missing, Ollister and Adelaide lose their post-modern marbles. He plots revenge against art patriarch The Platypus, while she obsesses over their anti-love affair. Meanwhile, the art school set experiments with bad drugs, bad sex, and bad ideas. But none of these desperate young minds has counted on the intrusion of a punk named Punk and his potent sex drug. This wild slew of characters get caught up in the gravitational p...more
Kate
Beautifully written, wonderful illustrated this hybrid typo-graphic novel isn't like anything I've ever read or seen before and I loved it! I would also recommend it for fans of fiction who are seeking something, new, different, bold. Plus, it's anything but
boring boring boring boring boring boring boring! Check it out for yourself.
m.lady
The boring boring of this boring boring was a boring boring boring. The characters boring boring and their boring boring intentions were boring boring to the boring boring reader. I particularly enjoyed the boring boring of the boring boring and the amazing boring boring boring. Most of all, the writer's boring boring intentions brought a boring boring boring boring to the boring boring of Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring.
Lawrence
Um...no...or, rather, yes, very....
Nicole ( Colie )
Ollister is the hottest.
Alexandra
This book is exactly what its title proclaims. I made it about halfway through and found it painful to try and read about another teenager either doing drugs, having sex, complaining or pining over love. I also found that the author seemed to have taken a liking to placing little quips he thought up himself into the character's dialogue, but it made it very uncharacteristic and abnormal, and made the author look like a pompous ass who wanted to make himself look clever and make himself laugh. On...more
Bethany
The main plot line was ridiculous (in a good way), but the graphic design within the text (bolding, italics, etc) was distracting, as I had to continually force myself not to read those words with emphasis. And, to be honest, I wasn't sure what was supposed to be satire and what was supposed to be serious, which made me feel stupid. Anyhow, there were many passages that I thought were well written and pleasurable to read (except for the bolding/italics/etc). As a graphic designer, I respected th...more
Fred Pelzer
As usual there's a lot of fun to be had in a revisionist take on a major piece of pop culture. But the book ultimately felt hemmed in by the illogic of Midsummer Night's Dream. Either hewing closer to the original or discarding it might have served the story better, as much time is given over to spinning wheels until the next play plot point or trying to justify the magical reversals of the original within a modern context.
Livius Nedin
I picked this book up at a book fair simply because I wanted to be cool and buy something from an indy press. The book was an interesting look at late teens involved in an exaggeratedly complex art world, filled with deception and intrigue. Layout wise it's fairly unique as the book is written as a huge poster folded to fit the book pages. Yeah, I know, hard to grasp but definitely unique.
Charles Cohen
It doesn't matter how many fonts you use. Or how experimental your fold-out poster is. If you're going to title your book "boring boring...etc." then there's pretty much one major goal: do not live up to the title.

Mr. Plague, you failed. Sorry. Boring boring boring boring boring boring it is.
Demi
I couldn't finish it. It seems to me like just the thing kids who want to be called "art kids" read mixed with a poor version of House of Leaves. Just not my cup of tea, I suppose.
Sarah
Feb 13, 2013 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I got a lotta weird looks reading this on the bus when it came to the areas that you have to turn it sideways. Anything but boring.
Megan
I wanted to have a love/hate relationship with this book, but I think it tricked me.
Lindsay
Reminded me of reading Chip Kidd but it took a bit more though...highly enjoyed.
Zach
Apr 27, 2008 Zach rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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