My first foray into the twisted realm of Bizarro fiction was not disappointing. Reality TV and zombies create a chaotic, thrilling partnership as 20 c...moreMy first foray into the twisted realm of Bizarro fiction was not disappointing. Reality TV and zombies create a chaotic, thrilling partnership as 20 citizens of the Copper district struggle to stay alive. This book contains mercenary punks, a zombie elephant, a science experiment that's part reptile, part leopard, and part beautiful lady...and Mr. T. I had fun, had a few eye-rolls (zombie Smart cars? Really?), and enjoyed the quirky characters. Not the best writing in the world, but in the end, I only cared how it was going to end. (less)
Bret Easton Ellis has a way with description. There's the detail with Bateman's attention to designer labels; he can name where every article of cloth...moreBret Easton Ellis has a way with description. There's the detail with Bateman's attention to designer labels; he can name where every article of clothing came from along with the color shade and material, and the ongoing interludes describing the histories of music groups that Bateman favors (I especially enjoyed hearing about Huey Lewis and the News). While I don't know the New York area, I loved hearing descriptions of the new, trendy fusion restaurants. Ellis can name drop without putting a reader to sleep.
The reason I won't feel the need to read this again anytime soon stems from that same gift of description paired with the violence. Every murder is excruciating to listen to, and I visibly flinched through each one. I can't decide if there's any instance where I feel pity for or even remotely like Bateman, because he is, in my mind, very hollow. Yet, I *want* to find something there. I want to see a glimpse of humanity, which drove me to keep going. An interesting read, but it isn't a book that you pledge to read once or twice each year because it's a fave. (less)