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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  18 reviews
No plot summary can suggest the mesmerizing texture of this caustically hilarious, aggressively mordant, constantly surprising and terrifyingly fun summation of the death-by-choking-on-hubris of the American dream in the 21st Century.

An unconventional abstract experiment depicting the elusive search for meaning within a chaotic world on the verge of collapse, this challeng
Paperback, 242 pages
Published March 2nd 2014 by Paragraph Line Books
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Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brian by: Arthur Graham
Kon·ra·thi·an adjective \ˈkän-rath-ēən\

: a sentence or phrase used, in caustic hyperbole, to describe the complete meaninglessness of American culture and its icons

I stumbled to Wendy's on a hate bender to fuck sluts and eat chili. I saw Judge Ito, now bald with a huge ZZ Top beard, shoveling in baked potatoes covered in bacon bits and frosty ice cream.

Konra·thian noun \ˈkōnrä-thē-ən\

: Overlord of lower-middle class America. Shrines include mega-malls, dilapidated little league stadiums and t
Arthur Graham
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
We sat at one of the two-top tables in the corner, the pages of my book spread across every horizontal surface, the routines making no sense. “Your train needs tracks,” he kept saying, over and over, as if this meant something to me. “You have an unspoken contract to the reader, and you owe them a structured plot to drag them from one end to the other. This book is all train. You need tracks.”

Says Eddie, the author's writing buddy and occasional partner in crime. He has a point, and I'm sure t
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

It’s no secret I’m a huge Konrath fan. I can’t tell you why. Not because I don’t WANT to tell you. I can’t, because I have no idea. He’s that something special that helps me feel better about myself. Not in a “Yay, you’re a winner!” sorta way, but in a “Well, at least you’re not as bad as those people on the Jerry Springer Show” sorta way. Konrath has a way of making common, everyday occurrences seem like a recipe for a secret life. Example? After reading Atmospheres I came up with this fantasti
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jon Konrath should be his own genre.

What could we call it? Konrathian? Konrathesque? Post-Konrathalyptic? Whatever. How about YOU come up with the term, you judgmental prick. My point is this: Jon Konrath's stuff reads like nothing else.

Atmospheres, at first glance, is seemingly innocuous. The cover is rather benign and the synopsis hints at almost nothing contained within. summarize what you should expect from this novel, I will say this - IT'S FREAKING CRAZY! The book is a stream-of
I think Jon Konrath gifted me with a copy for review purposes. He's gifted me a couple of his books. (Besides, I'm usually doped up on vistaril and/or off brand NyQuil. I can't remember anymore)


I also have this on audiobook. As usual, I would recommend you also buy that. I like the narrator. He sounds like an all American type, then he has to say really f'ed up, ridiculous things. I listen to the audiobook A LOT. It's one of the handful that I sleep to, cause I like the demented dreams
Oct 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is like nothing I've ever read (listened to) before, and I don't think I'll be looking into bizarro fiction again. I have no idea what I listened to, no idea what the story was, and no idea what the purpose was. I do appreciate the free copy, but I don't think I'll look for anymore bizarro fiction.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Stunning' is simply the best word to describe this book. It's been since "Rumored to Exist" that Konrath has gone through the kind of monstrous effort it takes to do this kind of thing in full length form, usually doing collections of shorter pieces, and I think this one actually tops the previous achievement (though it's always possible that I just understand and appreciate it more now). It's an impressionistic depiction of what it is to try to live a human life amidst the insanity and absurdi ...more
Keith Buckley
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jon Konrath’s Ballardian dedication of Atmospheres “to the insane” should be a warning to those courageous enough to pick up this febrile seizure of a book— everyone you are about to meet in this absurd descent into post-modern brutalism is suffering from massive impairment of the prefrontal cortex … and then some. In Atmospheres’ near-future dystopia, which is essentially the same reality of Cops, Breaking Bad, Grand Theft Auto, and a vast American wasteland whose cultural zenith is a Taco Bell ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reflecting on this book, I see visions of Konrath running through a metropolis, using his mechanical 3rd arm to throw copies of this book rapid fire like grenades, as the other two arms are consistently flipping middle fingers at all of the pointless, laughable things we do as modern humans.
I was easily pulled in by the hilarious, sarcastic anarchy going on. There is an uncanny wit apparent in the way the author pokes fun at what really does deserve some ridicule, in my opinion. This was my go-
G. Brown
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Konnie has done it again. I haven't read all 8 million of his books yet, but I've read a bit of his stuff, and the thing you notice is that he plays a lot with the same elements, same scenarios, similar techniques. This leads to the fear that maybe he'll start repeating himself. With Atmospheres he proves that fear to be unfounded. It's Konrath, through and through, with all the obligatory nods to Bukowski, Thompson, Burroughs, and Leyner, as well as modern weapons manufacturers, pharmaceutical ...more
Marc Uterus
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Atmospheres" is my favorite so far. Jon Konrath is the only writer that has made me laugh out loud. I've always ran to the films of Todd Solondz to laugh because it's the only thing I could find to amuse myself and escape the mainstream humor that annoys me. Konrath has affected me the same way. I've read "Atmospheres" 3 times now. I love it.
Donald Armfield
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-kindle, humor
This man brings laughter to every page. Long sentences structure of pure madness. I actually had no idea what was going on but every page has some kind of pop culture reference, or just something over the top weird but high laugh content.

Fans of Mark Leyner will did this book.
Pedro Proença
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
It's like Bukowski, only better. And never boring.
John McNee
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a difficult book to review. It's a difficult book to explain. It's not that nothing happens. Hundreds of things happen. To dozens of different people. And it's hilarious and horrifying and caustic and original and sometimes strangely, bizarrely logical, but there's JUST SO MUCH OF IT.

It took me weeks to read this, parcelling it out in tiny pieces, a few bite-size chapters at a time, but any more than that and I'd begin to lose focus, scanning pages without really understanding any of wha
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't help thinking that if Jon Konrath had decided to become a stand-up comic, instead of an indie writer, he'd be famous by now. He's absolutely perfected his warped and hilarious writing style in Atmospheres, but it's unlikely to garner him the attention he deserves. It's a problem of the times we live in: few books can compete, in terms of sheer raw entertainment value, against the latest iteration of Grand Theft Auto or the porn ingénue Stoya experiencing an under-the-table orgasm while r ...more
Douglas Hackle
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
cuz every once in a while you just gotta read konrath
Shay Leszinske
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was cleverly charming with a jaded sense of society today. This book was interesting to read. I recieved this book through goodreads
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
I could not get into it I guess this was not a book for me....sorry!
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Jon Konrath has written and published a dozen or so books, including Summer Rain and Rumored to Exist. He is the principal of Paragraph Line Books and editor of the literary journal Paragraph Line (, and written for many other zines and publications. He is also an inventor, computer programmer, and amateur x-ray technician. He lives in Oakland, and has bought 40 acres of land in ...more
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