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Rorschach's Ribs

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
I pick and choose my laws, but even I have a line. I'm just a guy who wants to work. I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing if I still had my job; my fabric lined world of deadlines and power lunches. I used to have order in my life. I used to have a plan. Conservative politics and dirty corporate predators took that away from me, leaving very few alternatives. The truth is, a ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Vicious Books
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Oct 24, 2008 rated it liked it
I actually rate this book as 3.5 stars. The setting is the midst of the bust, but it has correlations with and relevance today with America's economic meltdown. This is also a good exploration of the myth and meaning of the 'American Dream,' through a variety of characters. The ending was an exceptional closing to the novel.

There were only two minor points that reduced my rating:

One, I felt that there were some anachronisms. Assuming this is the period or height of the burst, the
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Already being familiar with Marcus Eder’s music with the band Strawfoot (if you haven’t heard them, check out Strawfoot’s music on Myspace music and then thank me later), I was eager to get my hands on his first novel, Rorschach’s Ribs. I had read some of Eder’s shorter pieces and enjoyed his style. Given my familiarity with his creative output, I expected to thoroughly enjoy Rorschach’s Ribs and was not disappointed. Escher Stillwater, the novel’s protagonist, finds himself unemployed. Escher a ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
No thank you.
It was a struggle to decide to keep reading after reaching the end of part 1. There was nothing likable, or memorable, or even semi-interesting about any of the characters. The whole anti-consumerism line was so pretentious that I hoped it was being so heavy-handed ironically; it wasn't. Everything seemed like it could come from a hipster grab-bag of fake angst: "Corporate Charlie", fuck Starbucks!, bad poetry, bad tattoos, rallying against the MTV generation while idolizing Kurt Co
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Gen X meets...well something. I'm not sure what the author intentions were other than to populate the book with loads of places and types of people that will be recognizable to those of us in St. Louis. (And this did make the book loads of fun.) 4 stars is probably a little generous as pacing is not this book's forte. I can almost hear some guy in the back of a writing workshop saying "dude, you've got to the give the book a Big Finish or you'll never get a publisher". Still well wo ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It started out promising but lost its way throughout. The end seemed hastily wrapped up and ripped from movies, no originality what so ever. Escher never quite became a lovable or intriguing stoner character. He seemed more like a bitter slacker who was fortunate enough to be surrounded by people with real depth but for some reason got a story written about himself instead of those more deserving of a plot line. But that doesn't really matter anyway I guess, poor characters get poor stories in t ...more
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Enjoyable enough, but had me recalling Fight Club numerous times. Add in a bevy of typos, and it was just too distracting.
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The Rev. Marcus is a rogue scholar, writer, angry liberal and designer…His novel, Rorschach’s Ribs is now available. When he isn’t writing or cursing the government under his breath, he’s fronting the seminal Gothic-Americana band, Strawfoot.

He's a card-carrying Reverend, licensed to marry and bury.

He only runs when chased, he only gambles with his life.

He’s desperately trying to find someone who
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