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Quicklime Petterson is still kicking around campus two years after commencement. But as the post-college daze is petering out, an offer comes in: pen a porn script for the policeman who just busted him, get his charges dropped. With no time to workshop, the erstwhile English major pounds out an introspective, Oedipal flesh-flick entitled "Conceptual Tart." The project attr ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published March 2nd 2013 by Grappling Book
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rose
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dark Chatter has been a unique morsel for my very tired eyes. After spending two days reading Andrew Branch’s book nonstop, I find myself in awe. In awe of what you ask? TALENT.

Quicklime, our protagonist (uses term loosely) is a darn cool character in the literary world. He sips on caipirinhas, dons a Thomas Pynchon tattoo and has mommy issues that symphonize with porn. Quicklime graduated college two years prior but still hangs out on campus working as a landscaper. After a day of picking up a
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J.L. Dobias
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dark Chatter by Andrew Branch

(Within the Dark Chatter this is a memorable novel)

There was a lot to like about this novel.
It seems to be so much and yet it falls so short of what it could be.

Like expecting french-fries and getting fried potatoes.

The book takes off with a bang that's more of a false tap in that it entails the story of how our hero or anti-hero of the story is conceived. Which seems to be by some excess hand-waving rivaled only by the conception of Garp in John Irving's The World A
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Sammi
Ok, so this book was always going to be a hit or miss with me and unfortunately I think it was a bit of a miss.

I’m not saying it wasn’t a good book and I’m well up for trying things outside of my comfort zone, but me and this book just didn’t get on, the end. I’m really saddened by it as I normally read most things with no issue; however I promised I’d review this book so I will. I don’t want to be unfair and rate it badly as I say, it was very well written but I think a middle ground of 3* is a
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Molly Mclane
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The fun of this book is its entirely carefree attitude toward puns and geeky wordplay; I groaned as often as I laughed, but Dark Chatter is certainly hilarious if hilarity is defined by quantity of jokes attempted. The author and his protagonist are endearingly enthusiastic about words that rhyme (and some that don't), and they eventually prevail upon you with enough one-liners to make you smile.

Quicklime, the main character, is oddly sweet in his desire to share his profound disconnection from
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Chris G
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was told about this book from a friend and I’m so glad he did. This is an amazing book full mature dark humorous scenes that are guaranteed to have keeled over laughing at times.

The main character Quicklime Petterson finds himself in a few awkward situations as he plots out what he will do with his life. After getting busted by the cops he gets a proposal to write a script for an adult film.

Without giving too much of the story you follow the misadventures of Quicklime through his world of porn
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Vishnu Krishna
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve seen pictures of Dubai as my brother too just got a job in Dubai but never imagined such architecture as described in “Dark Chatter.” The author’s picture of a double-domed Plexiglas structure where Peter reconnects with Sophie is hilarious to say the least. Doesn’t quite fit the drawings I’d seen of Dubai Marina apartments with 200 towers. Believe me, this novel is a hoot from beginning to end.
Amith Kumar
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dark chatter is not the kind of novel that you find everyday. It's not a fantasy, a thriller or a romance but then it's no ordinary book either. From the birth of the main character Quicklime to him finding his destiny which is writing scripts for adult movies, Dark Chatter is imbued with dark pun and laced with wit
Sharon
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and quick read for an avid reader such as myself. It is always nice to have a break from all the heavy drama books that I usually read. The author expertly knows how to produce a book that is carefree and fun to read. Recommended

*This book was courtesy of the author and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway*
Angie
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Synopsis: "Quicklime Petterson is still kicking around campus two years after commencement. But as the post-college daze is petering out, an offer comes in: pen a porn script for the policeman who just busted him, get his charges dropped. With no time to workshop, the erstwhile English major pounds out an introspective, Oedipal flesh-flick entitled "Conceptual Tart." The project attracts a tween star in search of an edgy role, and media frenzy ensues. As the would-be one-off deal threatens to be ...more
Jay Douglass
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Andrew Branch is a gifted author who uses allegory,metaphors, descriptive adjectives and imagery beautifully.

The central character Quicklime Petterson is a "professional student" who isn't ready to face the real world. But that's about to change.

The plot is a bit complicated at times but in a good way. I found once I reread those parts, the story became clearer. There are so many twists and turns.

The writer uses prose to perfection so you are totally immersed in the story and vicariously takin
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Sylvia
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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'Dark Chatter' is a fresh and different kind of read that will pull you in and keep you there. Quicklime was an interesting character to follow, with much of his life and background that you have to piece together with clues as the story progresses.

Mostly unpredictable, this was a new adult novel with a thought-provoking and unique edge to it. Andrew Branch combines screenplays, and complex characters into an entertaining, witty, and memorable story. His writing style is full of imagery and humo
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Jessica
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Literary dessert, in that virtually every sentence is wittily crafted in to something that contains as many fancy writing terms as possible (alliteration, double or triple entendre, rhymes, puns, subtext, context, all the others that a BA would learn in a college program). While I couldn't follow 100% of all the references, or even picture all of the scenes perfectly, I found myself laughing audibly many times, especially at newly-penned words ("purvurtle" included).

Get out your dictionary, thes
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George
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book stands true to its name- Dark chatter. The novel is filled with dark and adult humor that is sure to tickle your funny bones. I found it a little bit difficult to understand the plot at first but then it dawned on me. If you are the kind of person who does not mind a bit of adult entertainment you will love the story of Quicklime whose inception too was nothing short of humorous.
Angie Kimmell
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of "Confederacy of Dunces," "Dark Chatter" is full of eccentric characters, witty wordplay & an imaginative, rollicking plot. There's not a single cliche between the covers; I enjoyed every paragraph of this book. Well done!
Shannon Miller
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I will usually give a book 100-pages before I determine if it's worth continuing with, but 28-pages in, I've determined I hate this book. Next!
Odine
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway...a story full of interesting characters ...especially Quicklime. I loved reading about his odd yet awesome experiences ...
Carmen
Sep 23, 2013 marked it as quirky-odd-weird-fiction
This just HAD to go on my Read list. How could I not read a story about a dude named Quicklime! WTF??!
EC
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dark Chatter. A wonderfully surreal ride from waning college daze to a dream/nightmare in Dubai. Keeping up with the puns and allusions kept me on my toes!
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