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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,062 ratings  ·  607 reviews
In her blazingly original and unforgettable debut novel "Any Man", Amber Tamblyn brings to startling life a specter of sexual violence in the shadowy form of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men.

In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of
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Published June 26th 2018 by Harper Perennial
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Krystin Rachel
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This book is unlike anything I have ever read, and I am utterly emotionally ruined by it.

Seriously. This book has fucked me up.

I started reading this in the morning and I didnt put it down until I read the last page that evening. I was completely obsessed, completely enthralled and emotionally enamoured.

Ive taken a couple of days to think about this review because I want it to be coherent and not preachy, but Im definitely about to go on a rant of epic proportions filled with
When I was in my twenties I was attacked, assaulted, groped.

I don't know what word to really use for it.

I was on a bus that was full of people. The subway was broken down and I had to stand. I was facing the windows and leaning over some old woman who wasn't making eye contact because you don't do that on NYC public transportation if you can help it. I didn't see his face. At first I just assumed it was because there were so many people. The trains and the buses get super crowded, especially in
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TW: Rape, suicide, self-harm, gore, and violence

With a flair of unorthodox writing, Tamblyn creates a provocative debut novel that is befuddling in its narrative style and experimental format, but still sears with an irrefutable verity about rape culture, sexual assault and aggression, the effects of patriarchal masculinity on men, and the way by which we feast on this ruckus in various media as it upends the lives of survivors, who in turn, commit atrocious acts that might eventually lead to
Raeleen Lemay
This book is insane. Its been a while since I flew through a book as quickly as I did with this one, and for good reason. There is absolutely no down time in this book, it just made it impossible for me to put it down!

It obviously tackles very real, raw, and intense topics, rape being the main focus. But not only that, it discusses recovery, suicide, eating disorders, among many others. I really loved how Tamblyn spoke frankly about all of these things, and her sometimes very poetic writing
Samantha Irby
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
Unlike anything Ive ever read!!! It was macabre, twisted and so unique. Its not for the faint of heart. I loved the writing style, at one point I forgot this was fiction, needless to say I was very impressed with Amber Tamblyn. ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

You ever start reading a book and know immediately that it was going to be something different than what you've ever read before? That you know you're going to get gut punched and deepen that line between your eyes from the intense face you make as you turn each page? Yeah, that's what happened here.

Amber Tamblyn uses a variety of writing styles here to bring you a story that's not about the victimizer, but about the victims. She takes us deep into their minds in the aftermath of their horrible
Emily May
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminism, 2018
Interesting concept. Stylistically too odd for me.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This genre-busting debut novel was surprising from beginning to end. A female serial rapist known only as Maude preys upon unsuspecting men, boldly reframing sexual assault, imagining a male-victim, female-attacker point of view, the better to defamiliarize and highlight our contemporary rape culture. We see each man struggling with what has happened to him personally, each with a very different voice--and then the media circus begins, adding its own brand of vicious ugliness to the suffering. ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book Ill never read again. It took all the feelings of guilt and shame of being a survivor of sexual assault into words that I hadnt been able to find myself. It was insanely triggering. I broke down numerous times. But thats ok, because the journey I went on was like a cleansing fire. I suffered and so did these characters, and Tamblyn shows the very difficult task of trying to move past the stereotype of being a man who was raped. I cant thank the author enough of this ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jane had blond hair the shade of a doves cunt

Very readable - I don't remember the last time I've gulped a book down in a single sitting, but it happened with Any Man. Lots of blank spaces and short chapters and vignettes didn't hurt either. The format was very unique (radio transcripts, diaries, stream-of-consciousness first-person prose, poetry, tweets and more), but sadly I felt like something was 'off' between me and the book while reading, and eventually I was able to pinpoint what exactly
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-6
6 out of 5.

I read and loved Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler a few years ago, and I was excited to see what would happen when she turned her attentions to full-length prose. ANY MAN does not disappoint.

Fair warning: this book is fucking brutal. If you have a penis, you're going to squirm. And that's kind of the point. Tamblyn takes the potentially-cringeworthy concept of a female rapist raping men and makes it potent because it doesn't so much focus on the perp as it does the victims. The survivors.
Jourdain Searles
It lacked insight. It felt... false. Snapshots, monologues, obvious social commentary and no real story. And it obscures the rapist. It turns the rapist into an almost cosmic figure. A ghost. To juxtapose the over-the-top nature of this rapist with realistic stories of trauma and survival... well, it doesn't quite work. The book felt more like a social media commentary and pop culture than a novel. Every character felt like a symbol. No one felt real, no matter how much they monologued. We ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tlb, fiction, 2018, apl
A haunting & riveting read. ANY MAN is an intense look at the aftermath of male rape.
This is a short read, more so bordering on novella level, & the writing style is quite eccentric. Poetry, prose & social media commentary (mostly Twitter & OkCupid) combine to tell the story of 5 survivors. It kind of annoyed me that there were no chapters marked with who's POV it was, but each character is so unique that it's easy to distinguish their voices. I actually wasn't sure if I would
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Wowtalk about intense! The audiobook version of this is unbelievably well put together. Im still reeling from getting to the end. Its short but it packs a hell of a punch. ...more
Krista Regester
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Amber Tamblyn is succeeding in every way I want to.

People who live through sexual assault are a crash on the side of the road, and the American media is nothing more than cars slowing down just long enough to take a peek.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Searing Indictment of Rape Culture

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for rape, including the rape of children and nonhuman animals, as well as victim blaming, transphobia, suicide, PTSD, anorexia, self-injury, and more.)

Its a pain ... its a cellular pain now, okay? Its not a memory, it lives in me like a heart.

Ten years ago, I was having a beer with a friend after work and a few hours later, I was violently assaulted and left for dead
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed
4.5 Stars

Any Man is a gender-bending story about the survivors of a female serial rapist named Maude. The novel alternates perspective as each of the men deal with the effects of their sexual assault right after and years later.

I cant say that Ive been a super fan of Amber Tamblyns, but I enjoyed her performances whenever I seen them so when I found out she wrote a novel I knew I had to read it immediately. Any Man is like nothing Ive ever read before yet reflects the real world perfectly, so,
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was an overwhelmingly intense reading experience. In Any Man, Amber Tamblyn takes society's widely-accepted perception of rape and flips it on its head, by writing about the male victims of a female perpetrator. And in so doing, she serves to highlight the injustices faced by sexual assault survivors in an entirely new light, exploring everything from victim blaming, to the 24-hour media cycle, to the failures of the authorities and the devastating tolls on the victims. And ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
CW: rape, victim blaming, transphobia (as in anti trans man comments, deadnaming), misogyny, eating disorder, suicide, suicide attempt, PTSD, child abuse, gore, violence

Any Man is adult standalone novel, written in various formats, including the diary entries, poetry, interview scripts, letters, tweets etc. The book is brutally honest take on rape culture. Any Man is a story about five men who were raped by the same female perpetrator. Its a bit a story of these men dealing with the aftermath of
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
With a satirical bent and a similar attitude and role reversal as Naomi Aldermans The Power, Amber Tamblyns poetic debut novel proved to be a cutting commentary on societys present approach to female victims of sexual assault. In the book a serial FEMALE rapist is causing a chaotic media storm as 6 men in the Northeast are allegedly lured into lurid situations with a bizarre woman named Maude. Down to the accusations blurred by bystanders questioning why a married father of two would be out at ...more
Michele Springer
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. In theory, I do. But the actual execution of the book didnt work for me.

I felt that Tamblyn tried too hard to be relevant and current. You can tell by her writing style that she is a poet, and I just dont think it worked for this novel. Each victim was intended to hair his own voice and narrative, but all the voices and stories blended together.

I think Tamblyn intended for this to be a subtle social commentary but the commentary screamed from the pages.

I did
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tamblyn blends a mix of poetry and prose in this stunning novel about Maude,a female serial rapist. Maude preys on men. Any man,any place. This is a journey through sexual assault. The aftermath. The male victims,their feelings,the shame you feel and the way the media takes hold of it. The way society portrays it. A tough and emotional topic. It's not every day you hear about men being the victim. Tamblyn did an amazing job brining this side to the surface for all to see. I loved the writing ...more
Melissa Rochelle
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I struggled through the first few pages, but once Tamblyn introduces Maude's second victim I couldn't put the book down. I read it in just a few hours and was entranced. It was interesting how she flipped the narrative -- made the victims men, the rapist a woman. And instead of following Maude and her actions, we follow the victims and their reactions.

Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy.
This book was such an unexpected surprise for me. I'd heard good things but it was even better than I expected. The basic premise is intriguing ... there is a serial rapist who is preying on MEN. This take on rape culture was gripping in every way. It tips everything we 'know' on it's head and back again -in the best way! This book is disorienting in format but it works so well. This won't be for everyone but if you can handle the content, I think it is definitely worth the read.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: available
4- 4.5 Very different, dark, but hopeful too.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
At first, I wasnt sure how to approach Any Man, a book about male rape by a feminist #MeToo advocate. Should I be grateful that a woman is writing about male sexual assault victims? Alternatively, is she just turning the tables to try and get more men to empathize with her cause? Maybe a bit of both?

However, needless to say, the book piqued my curiosity. I cant say Ive read too many books on the subject. This is probably the only fiction book Ive ever seen about it. It looked like an ambitious
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-o, favorites
5 big holy sh*t stars!! I am utterly impressed by this brilliant book! By turning the tables and making men the victims of sexual assault by a faceless female serial rapist shines an even brighter light on the issue of our society blaming the victims. It magnifies EVERYTHING that women have been trying to bring to the forefront with the me too movement. This novel is smart, dark and powerful. I am completely floored by this incredible debut. Bravo!! Encore, please. I will be waiting. ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christine (Queen of Books)

This book continually blew me away.

TW: Rape, violence, suicide, eating disorder, child abuse

There's a serial rapist on the loose - but it's men who are being raped. Tamblyn's satirical take on rape culture and how we treat those who've been raped is gripping without being too on the nose or in your face. It's smart. The perspective and format changes throughout Any Man - this worked so, so well for me. Sometimes I wasn't quite sure who was talking/what was going on, but it all comes
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Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She's been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D. and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler, ...more

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