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Ecstasy Club

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  371 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When the young, hypertalented idealists who call themselves Ecstasy Club find an abandoned piano factory in Oakland, they make it the focus of a round-the-clock rave the likes of which the Bay Area has never seen before. They also make the factory a base camp in their search for a method of time travel that combines computer wizardry, esoteric spirituality, and mind-alteri...more
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1997)
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Fuzzy Gerdes
If you're looking for a pastiche of the mid-90s San Francisco rave scene ("Plugged" magazine or Cosmotology, anyone?) with a stilted metaphysical plot, then this is your ticket. And what kind of freak are you, anyway, that that's what you're looking for? Weirdo.
This book passed from my husband's friend's wife to my husband, then to me, then my friend, who lost it because she "threw it somewhere" and lost track of it.

It is so poorly written and so hysterically (and unintentionally) funny that I sort of want it back.

Thom Foolery
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I first bought this book (in this edition), but I suspect I finally pulled it off the shelf to read (in the edition shown) because of the recently read review with Rushkoff in David Jay Brown's book. I had read at least one thing by Rushkoff at the point that I first purchased Ecstasy Club ( Cyberia , I think) and thought he would write an interesting science fiction novel. (I guess it never says anywhere on the book that it is SF, and it really isn't SF in...more
A seemingly utopian dream complete with the cracks in the foundation which grow larger and larger as time progresses. The dark side of art and communial living. Brilliant.
This book was difficult to rate. Story around drugs was good enough to keep an old pharmacologist keep reading but certain graphic scenes do not add to the story and lack taste. It left a slight taste of "Umberto Econess" in the last one third (which I really enjoyed), although lacking Eco's intellectual depth. I read in the comments that some really liked it while others really hated it and I can see the point in both. I think three stars is fair. Story is good and could have had more stars if...more
For the time being, Ecstasy Club is a bit under the radar. Fans of Rushkoff and those circles are aware, but it isn't a particularly famous novel. I believe one day that will change and this book will get the recognition it deserves.

As we drift away from the time period of the 90s, the generation of my youth, and our memories glamorize and stereotype, eventually this book is going to be remembered as one of the defining works capturing the soul of that era. The cultural identity of the 90s will...more
This cult/rave book was entertaining and interesting for someone who didn't live through that culture of the 90s. However, I felt like the plot and characters were tedious. I couldn't buy into the whole conspiracy/time travel thing and the narrator made so many horrible, irrational decisions that it was impossible to identify with him. Maybe I needed to take some of the acid that all the characters were high on in this book.
I don't know why there are such bad reviews for this.. I read it cover to cover because I couldn't stop. I wasn't expecting it to be so scifi-y but it was still good. I had a few issues with it or I would have given it four stars. (Also I can't seem to figure out how to delete my reading progress update which is really bothering me as I accidently pretty much just repeated my self..)
Megan Rossman
I thought this book was interesting. I also thought it was a little stupid. Entertaining enough to read. It seemed kind of dated since it's based on the whole 90s rave thing. I assume.
So I read this book in the mid to late 90's when I was going to raves in old abandoned warehouses in Oakland which is exactly what this book is about... mostly.
Leonardo Etcheto
An interesting concept, lot of high flying ideals but music, sex and drugs are the daily reality. I liked the rooftop zen garden and the club/home set up.

You think I would like this book. Its rubbish, Douglas smears a bunch of pop culture drug refrences together and hopes it will stick. It doesnt.
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This book was quite a mind bender, and gives you some of the atmosphere of those times.
Melissa Cavanaugh
Still a good read, but funny how the cultural references place it squarely in the 1990s.
Joseph Heaven
Fantastic read. Bit of a psychedelic adventure through the US 'E' generation.
Sep 24, 2008 Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Craig
Totally forgot that I read this book. Might have to re-read it soon.
i loved this book when i was a freshman in high school.
Good times. Read this in my younger days.
pretty vivid sex scene. and fun drug fodder.
Quite possibly the worst book I've ever read.
Susanne Bylund Felixon
Susanne Bylund Felixon marked it as to-read
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