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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  32,676 ratings  ·  1,043 reviews
Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

Then imagine having a second chance ten years later, as the Bret Easton El
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 16th 2005 by Knopf
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Bradley Valentine I don't personally know Bret. I'm still confident in calling this a coincidence. Either that or perhaps Bret and Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural)…moreI don't personally know Bret. I'm still confident in calling this a coincidence. Either that or perhaps Bret and Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) were referencing a common influence. More likely it's a complete coincidence. For example, there were also a rash of drive-by shootings in 2005 committed by another pair named Sam (Dieterman) and Dale (Hausner). I seriously doubt THAT is a factor.

Anyway, if LUNAR PARK hit in 2005, that means Bret would have had to have the book turned over to the publisher in 2004 for the tedious work that goes into processing a manuscript to the bookstore (or however books are consumed lately).

Fun idea though! I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see what Bret could do with the Winchesters in his book world. Maybe kill some vampires from The Informers. haha. (less)
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Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read several reviews of this book before reading, most of which denounced it as being awful and I have to say, I'm surprised.

I tore through it in 3 days. I saw it as a near brilliant bit of mind f*ckery, so many psychological themes and commentary on modern life for me to gleefully go searching on Google to tear up and figure out. All that and horror, too! (I read somewhere that he was influenced by Steven King, in writing this one. Indeed. I have to say, I like the Ellis version of King even
May 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2007
"How lonely people make life. But also I realized what I hadn't learned from him: that a family - if you allow it - gives you joy, which in turn gives you hope."

I’m a pretty big BEE fan, and I love his cool, detached writing style, and how all his books are slightly deranged. I love how the protagonists are always a bit off – a big part of you detests them, a little bit of you feels sorry for them, and a tiny piece of you is jealous of the seemingly glamorous lives they live (the sex, drugs, par
Kendare Blake
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw a guy on the tube in London reading this and noticed he was near the end. I wanted to stand up and say, "Hey, it's creeping you out, isn't it. Isn't it?! ISN'T IT!!!?" But you just can't live your life that way. It's inappropriate.

Bret Easton Ellis, on the other hand, can do whatever the hell he wants. And he does. Putting yourself in a novel is either the ballsiest thing you can do, or the assy-est. In this case, both. But let's put aside the fact that Ellis is writing a tale about semi-p
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“You dream a book, and sometimes the dream comes true. When you give up life for fiction you become a character.”

What is Lunar Park???? Brett Easton Ellis claims it to be his homage to Stephen King (and you will see later in this review that it did indeed bring to mind one particular King character) – but when I really need to break it down to basics I’m going with Lunar Park is what would happen if American Psycho and Fight Club
Rachel Louise Atkin
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, new-york
Lmao what did I just read. This was a complete fiasco. This was like if you smushed every Bret Easton Ellis book into one and then added a sprinkle of Stephen King weirdness and timesed the metafiction by 100. Bret was the main character but he was also the writer but he was also interacting with characters from his books who were both real and fictional on very different levels. And he was also being haunted by a demon. And there was a rabid dog. And a lot of themes about being a parent. Oh and ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, e-pube
I feel funny now. No, this novel wasn't a how-to-be-a-comedian manual under the guise of some kind of fucked up, deranged horror. I feel FUNNY funny, strange funny, like someone touched me inappropriately and I don't know how I feel funny. Halfway through the book, I put it down and eyeballed my partner and started throwing existential crisis theories at him. I have this problem with depersonalization and derealization where in heightened states of anxiety you detach from your reality or your se ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm not the most well-read guy on Bret Easton Ellis, not by a long shot. And I should be better read considering I enjoy the guys writing style quite a bit. I like the minimalist style, and I enjoy his brand of satire.

But it was interesting to me how he made a memoir that was mostly fiction, and used that to examine a bunch of different themes such as family or even writing. That he made it a suburban gothic horror makes it even more fascinating.

I won't pretend to understand everything as
Paul Bryant
This novel could have been really something but it turned into a real dog’s breakfast. Crap all over the place. What a mess.

Reading Lunar Park was like watching one of those jovial interviews with major serial killers you can find on youtube. The reporter is alarmed/mortified/astonished to find himself quite liking this monster who slaughtered 17 human beings. You get this kind of dialogue -

- Hey Jeff, can you explain a little what would be going through your mind when you were drilling holes i
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author as central character in a book of fiction is becoming more the reality these days, and Lunar Park by Ellis takes this transgressive sub genre to another level. The reality part starts by Ellis recounting his evolution as a writer: his early success at 21 while still in college with his debut novel Less than Zero, the celebrity life in the Brat Pack of the literary elite in New York fuelled by powerful drugs and lots of sex with males and females alike, the controversial publication of ...more
Mary Lou
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brett Ellis’ explosive entry into the celebrity spotlight provides him with a charmed and enviable lifestyle. This begins to sour as his excesses in drugs, drink and sex take hold.
When he tries to get clean, marries his old girlfriend and struggles to establish a relationship with her daughter and his own estranged adolescent son, that’s when the fun starts. He is haunted by the ghost of his tyrannical father, and by the serial killer in American Psycho, his first novel, Patrick Bateman, who has
Eliza Victoria
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a story behind the film Adaptation: scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman had a hard time adapting The Orchid Thief, so what did he do? He wrote a film about him having a hard time adapting The Orchid Thief, writing himself into the script, creating for himself a twin brother, dedicating the finished piece to the sibling who didn’t exist. Author Bret Easton Ellis, creator of American Psycho and other “transgressive” novels, wrote himself into his novel Lunar Park, conjuring for himself a family, ...more
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After getting my fill of Ellis' banality, narcissism and misogyny upon reading "American Psycho" (along with "Less Than Zero" and "Rules of Engagement") I vowed never to read another of his books. The author once touted as the Voice of my generation (Gen X) never qualified as such for me. The only reason I decided to read this one was a glowing review on the back of the book by none other than the arbiter of pop culture (gasp!) Stephen King. I at least had to see what made Uncle Stevie gush. The ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
LUNAR PARK is a bit of a departure for Bret Easton Ellis in that it's more of a traditional page-turner than anything else he has previously written. It's also a lot less cynical and gratuitously shocking than most of his previous work. In the novel, Ellis himself is the main character, and he does an brilliant job of blurring the lines between autobiography and fiction. Interestingly, he seems to take especial delight in presenting as negative an image of himself as possible, making for a highl ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hear ye, hear ye: I am SUCH a liar, you guys! I've always admitted to having read the whole B.E.E. collection, but have lied. This one makes it... done. Complete! I am very VERY much done with Ellis at this point in my life. & it couldn't have come sooner.

The one striking thing about this one is its description of the fall of the once-mythical, once-impressive B.E.E.: once famous and rich & relevant, he grabs at past glories in a very saddening fashion, grabbing at straws really, trying to reliv
B.L. Aldrich
So I've spent this year developing a love/hate relationship with Bret Easton Ellis' work. I don't understand why his books fascinate me or even why they work as compelling fiction, yet I keep reading them because his voice is so distinct. Disturbing, empty, and shallow most of the time, but distinct. Then along comes Lunar Park. I spent 90% of the book hating it, wondering why I was still reading it, and then found the ending beautiful. No. Really. I didn't think Ellis could write something that ...more
Ryan Leone
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My girlfriend is reading this book right now, so at night I always see the front cover as it hides her pretty face.

I've always been a fan of Bret. I loved Less than Zero, American Psycho, and Imperial Bedrooms. I didn't like Rules of Attraction ( good movie but the novel was too faggy love drunk for me.) And I hated Glammora and the Informers.

All in all, he's had an impressive career and I have read a few of his novels multiple times. American Psycho sticks out as his real masterpiece in contemp
Matthew Vaughn
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished my re-read of this. I'm still going to call this my favorite BEE book, with Glamorama as a close second. ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read, loved
This was a life changing sort of read. There is an underlying theme to this book which is... 'take time out to appreciate the people you love the most'. So cliche - but this is the strong concept I grasped from this book.
This was so well written by a deranged madman of an author that I am dying to get to know more about. I plan to read every last one of his books.
This is like a train wreck of a memoir, slowly metamorphing into a sci fi horrific fascinating story. It is pretty dramatic and hear
Shane Ver Meer
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can understand why this wouldn't necessarily be favorably reviewed. Aside from the events referred to as having happened that are clearly fictional, this novel could be read as an actual memoir (for much of it, not all of it). As our narrator Ellis continues to suffer from the effects of many issues, including addiction and withdrawal, his established unreliability takes us off the deep end with a bizarre twist that flips the whole work on its bloated spine. However, I loved it, despite being ...more
Jan 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction' are two of my favorite films. So in 1996, when 'From Dusk Til Dawn' was released, I was in line on opening night. For the first hour, I watched what was undoubtedly the finest work Tarantino had produced to date, and I eagerly anticipated a typically dramatic conclusion... but something went horribly wrong: FDTD degenerated into a B-grade vampire flick. For ten horrific minutes, I tried to convince myself that one of the characters had fallen asleep, been knoc ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bret Easton Ellis
Wow, actually really not very good.

First off I'm feeling a bit baited-and-switched. I should have done my homework, but the edition I picked up and browsed in the English-language section of a Copenhagen bookstore gave every indication of being some kind of sincere memoir. The first twenty or so pages of this book seemed to be exactly that, and I had just gotten really curious about Ellis' life, but in Copenhagen a cup of coffee costs ten dollars so I don't even want to know what Lunar Park sell
Tiny Pants
Aug 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: complete and utter masochists
This monstrosity is about to make me take Less Than Zero off of my favorite books list. Could this book have been worse? I don't know. I really am not sure how. If we refer back to my list of things Douglas Coupland did to screw up JPod, BEE here does them all and then some, by adding in less pornography than Glamorama (remember the like 20+ page threesome in the middle? That was like, one of the least arousing things one could ever read, where with every page turn it was like, PLEASE let them b ...more
Laura ☾
That was...odd...very odd
Will Lynch
I heard a lot of great things about this book, but i wasn't that impressed. It was just a little too over the top. Admittedly, this over the top aspect made it really amusing; the plot is basically that Bret Easton Ells (by writing himself in as the protagonist, he 'does an impression of himself') is in his 40's and still throwing big parties during which he offers mediocre coke to his guest and then steals away to his office to do enormous lines of much better coke. He's got a wife and kids and ...more
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darkly comic and genuinely horrific in places, this novel is Ellis's best work since his debut, Less Than Zero. Writing in the first person as a bizarre alcoholic, drug-addicted parody of himself, Ellis takes us on a dark journey into his celebrity lifestyle: married to an A-list Hollywood actress, father of a son he's estranged from, living in upstate New York

There are various plot strands ranging from Ellis's troubled relationship with his dead father, the disappearance of a number of boys fro
Nov 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
It seems like at least 40% of the book is about how you just can't trust Bret Easton Ellis. The horrific story of an untrustworthy narrator is a good trick if you can pull it off, but I'm not feeling like Lunar Park pulls it off as Will Self's My Idea of Fun, Jim Thompson's After Dark My Sweet, or The Usual Suspects. Though the book is creepy in places, I never found it scary. Though the book is intended to be a parody of suburban life, I do not find that part of the book compelling, funny, or p ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstedition, signed
Another amazing Bret Easton Ellis book. As sad and scary as a closed down cinema.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bret Easton Ellis is a good writer, something I feel is obvious from this book. Had he not been, I would never have finished it. Ellis seems to have several ideas for this book. The false autobiographical story, the meta perspective, the Stephen King-homage, the father and son theme, the satirical look at the direction that modern society. I don't mind any of these, and some of these ought to be rigt up my alley. But to me, the book just didn't work.

It starts of in a really interesting way, and
Jan 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People stuck on a deserted island with nothing else to occupy themselves with
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Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
His most self-indulgent book to date. The beginning chapters are perfect because it's somewhat autobiographical until it's not. The novel went from reality to fiction and that's where it felt flat. ...more
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Bret Easton Ellis is an American author. He is considered to be one of the major Generation X authors and was regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney. He has called himself a moralist, although he has often been pegged as a nihilist. His characters are generally young vacuous people, who are aware of their depravity but choose to enj ...more

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