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Out of Touch

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Twenty-four-year-old Aidin, a wealthy socialite and self-proclaimed "club god," lives a magazine life based on decadence and excess that includes drugs, sex, and gourmet food. One morning, after a night of heavy partying, Aidin awakes completely vacant of any sensation. Will he slip back into his addictive habits, or is there truly a conspiracy underway, as he suspects? Th ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Otherworld Publications LLC (first published November 16th 2008)
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Danielle Tobias
Jun 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Out of Touch is a truly surprising novel. Which is to say for all of the reasons the cynic in me anticipated disliking it, I was truly surprised to find myself outdone. However, there is an optimist in me as well, an optimist which wanted to like this novel. Having been well reviewed by writers I faithfully respect, I couldn't imagine Out of Touch being completely devoid of redeeming qualities, and it isn't.

The plot concept is original and interesting- I imagine most readers yearning for insigh
Nicholas Karpuk
I'm not sure if I've ever read a book that felt more like a writer's first attempt at a novel.

Many writers start out aping the style of the authors who inspired them to start writing in the first place. This is natural. But at some point a distinct style emerges, and that's the point at which you should probably start publishing.

There's a certain arrogance innate to the tone of Palahniuk. He gets away with this because what he presents is usually interesting and often unexpected. This has even
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
I honestly thought this book was the worst I have ever read. The plot was poorly thought out and semi-entertaining at best. I didn't care one bit about the characters or their stories and only finished the book because I was trapped on a flight with nothing better to do. I was also constantly annoyed by the fact that the book was not well edited; there were multiple grammar errors throughout the book. I definitely do not recommend this book at all.
Don Insixty
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Out of Touch is about this dude named Aidin. He likes to part and debauch. He’s a “club-god”, whatever the hell that is. I don’t know why anyone over twenty three would want to be in a club anyway, much less become a “club-god”, which is probably similar to having a vast collection of STDs. Welcome to 2013, where clubs are fuckin’ lame. It seems to me that Tetzuo’s only grasp of nightlife is what he sees in the city that always sleeps, Kansas City. I think the novel is actually set there too. In ...more
Fred Venturini
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: You might not be ready for this.

Brandon Tietz is a name familiar from my time at Chuck Palahniuk’s website. He’s an author, active on the boards, posting excellent short stories. Out of Touch is his debut novel. I see an interview with him on the site. So I write down the name of the book, of the author, hoping to pick it up sometime soon. See if the novel is as good as the stories he’s crafting.

Full disclosure: I’m not as well-read as I should be. Usually due to time constraints. Bet
Caleb Ross
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(This review originally appeared at

For too long I avoided this book. Many people whose opinions I respect recommend it, but no matter the pressure, I politely passed. I can assume many reasons for that: perhaps the author’s online persona (which, after reading this book, I realize is actually an incredibly smart marketing move); perhaps the author’s local status (he’s here in Kansas City, so I feared not liking the book and having to meet him one day); perhaps it was the
Nathan Pettigrew
This book is a lot of fun. That's not to say that Aidin's journey should be taken lightly. It's not a comedy, but the author does a stellar job of allowing the reader to sit "shotgun" on the same ride that the main character is taking -the primary example being "the list" that Aidin has to complete in his therapy while confronting the fact that he's lost his ability to experience any physical sensation.

Funny thing, though, because while Aidin may wake up one day to find himself stripped of his
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's exciting, a page-turner for sure, as I read it in one day (a rarity). The pacing and structure are solid, the themes well-developed, and it's just effing funny, with some biting social satire and a nice collection of zingers. We enjoy reading about this vapid douchebag protag losing his sauce and going through a therapeutic Tool Academy of sorts. There are tons of timely pop-culture references for those who enjoy such things, and it was fun tracing a novel's plot through the geography and l ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you don't hate Brandon Tietz's protagonist, Aidin, within the first ten pages of this novel I seriously question the software of your moral GPS. If you don't desperately want to be Aidin by the last ten pages you and I didn't read the same book. Out of Touch is a novel about bizarre changes. As if caught by an atomic powered puberty, our anti-hero finds himself the victim of an unknown medical condition which leaves him entirely devoid of feeling. A cumbersome and metaphorical position for th ...more
David Keaton
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
An intriguing premise that at first smacks a bit of Brett Easton Ellis's usual Dead Kids Walking, then later turns a bit Palahniuk with a "recreational terrorism" subplot, but certainly there's a unique voice on display here, one that's both hilarious and fascinating, especially regarding the protagonist's condition. If you've read any jacket copy, it's no secret that the hero has lost his "sense of touch" (and all the symbolism that entails). But the fact that Tietz addresses readers' concerns, ...more
Richard Thomas
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Palahniuk, Ellis
Recommended to Richard by: Caleb J. Ross, Brandon Tietz, Michael Sonbert
I've read a lot of Brandon Tietz's short stories, and have been very impressed with his work. Much like Caleb's review below, I also avoided this book for awhile. Maybe I worried it would be a watered down Palahniuk or Ellis, something I would cringe at. It isn't. I should have trusted my instincts about Tietz's work and read this much sooner.

"Everyone is two people."

Lacking the overt violence of American Psycho, but keeping all of the dysfunction, duality and superficiality, this book could ind
Austin James
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
If you're ever going to start something, do it like this!

This novel is a sucker punch to unexpecting, bored readers. Tietz puts his audience in an interesting situation: falling in love with his writing isn't a choice, it's a reaction.

He twists your mind and makes a mess of your emotions. Drug scenes have an authenticity that gets you high. Sex is written so well you become aroused. The soul is so lost you don't want to get out of bed in the morning. And when it's all over, you're reborn and won
Seph Cordovano
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This just isn't my kind of book.

It's everyone's kind of book!

A very well plotted book with diction that just keeps you reeled in. The storyline makes for an extremely interesting and fast read because of the underlying way it relates - and that's priceless to any reader. I had an extremely hard time reading this book in the evenings before bed, as I couldn't bring myself to put it down. I would recommend this book and author (and have) to anyone.

Also, I'll be ordering the hardcover and borrowi
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought that this was a really good book. I don't know if I would give it 3.5 stars or 4. Without giving any of the plot away it starts along one path and ends up somewhere completely different. There is no way I could have predicted where it was going. The only issue I had with it is that the plot At some points. Now that I think back I can see why it was like this. I would recommend this book to others.
Peter Goutis
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book you can recommend to everybody. I'd like to say more, but the "official" version isn't out yet. No need to rub salt in the wounds. But everybody should be checking this out in November.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
i really liked a whole bunch of this book. up until the ending it was great. the ending was underwhelming. not too bad of a debut.
Gregory Frye
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes good writing and an interesting story
Wow. This book exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Look for more my upcoming interview with Mr. Tietz...
Jeff Pane
If you like Chuck Palahniuk, you'll like Out of Touch.
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Brandon Tietz is the author of OUT OF TOUCH and the Christian-erotica novel GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS, both of which are to be released through Perfect Edge Books. His short stories have been widely published, appearing in such print works as WARMED AND BOUND (Velvet Press), AMSTERDAMNED IF YOU DO (CCLAP), SPARK (vol. II), SOLARCIDAL TENDENCIES, and the Chuck Palahniuk anthology BURNT TONGUES (Medal ...more
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