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In June, 2006, Picador launch Picador Shots, a new series of pocket-sized books priced at 1. The Shots aim to promote the short story as well as the work of some Picador's greatest authors. They will be contemporarily packaged but ultimately disposable books that are the ideal literary alternative to a magazine.

Bret Easton Ellis' two short stories chronicle the lives of a
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Sam Quixote
“Water from the Sun” and “Discovering Japan” are both excellent stories of burned out people abusing substances while slowly reaching the end of their tether and are great reads. However, both of these stories are included in Bret Easton Ellis’ short story collection “The Informers” which is far better value for money as you get an entire book’s worth of other fantastic stories as well.
Stamatios
The two short stories in the book are an excellent introduction to Ellis's work and not having the stomach to read a full-length novel of his, I decided to give them a shot.

It was exactly what I expected. Amoral, vacuous characters, unable to feel the tiniest sting of emotion, lost in a maze they can never exit, living forever in the same moment again and again, unable to break the vicious circle of addiction and pain. Ellis writes in long repeating sentences that take you on a roller-coaster ri
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Jason Bosworthick
These two short stories introduce the talent evident in Ellis (of American Psycho fame).

The two stories explore similar themes of substance abuse and fame. What makes these works stand out for me is the natural dialogue within the stories. I admit that both tales aren't exactly filled with excitement but there is such natural, free-flowing speech that it reaches the reader...even should they be the most devoutly "clean" person going...on a familiar level.

Worth a read for sure and for those, like
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Duncan
Was pretty disappointed with this book. It felt to me like a tired re-hash of the very similar ideas to those communicated much more powerfully in American Psycho.
Peter C
Hadn't read these so glad available on Kindle. A bit of a curiosity more than anything, but perfectly enjoyable read.
Sediqa
Brilliant. Naturally. Allows the reader to feel like a participant in the events that occur rather than an observer.
Peter
2 short stories by Ellis, both a bit blah.
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Bret Easton Ellis is an American author. He is considered to be one of the major Generation X authors and was regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney. He has called himself a moralist, although he has often been pegged as a nihilist. His characters are young, generally vacuous people, who are aware of their depravity but choose to en ...more
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changing, failing apart, fading, another year, a few more
moves, a hard person who doesn't give a fuck, a boredom so
monumental it humbles, arrangements so fleeting made by
people you don't even know that it requires you to lose any
sense of reality you might have once acquired, expectations
so unreasonable you become superstitious about ever
matching them.”
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