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Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan

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In June, 2006, Picador launch Picador Shots, a new series of pocket-sized books priced at 1. The Shots aim to promote the short story as well as the work of some Picador's greatest authors. They will be contemporarily packaged but ultimately disposable books that are the ideal literary alternative to a magazine.

Bret Easton Ellis' two short stories chronicle the lives of a
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Paperback, 91 pages
Published June 16th 2006 by Picador
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Sam Quixote
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
“Water from the Sun” and “Discovering Japan” are both excellent stories of burned out people abusing substances while slowly reaching the end of their tether and are great reads. However, both of these stories are included in Bret Easton Ellis’ short story collection “The Informers” which is far better value for money as you get an entire book’s worth of other fantastic stories as well.
Rachel Louise Atkin
Not read any of his short stories before but they were good. I definitely preferred the first one but I recommend this if you're interested in trying out his prose style.
Redfox5
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't say this book did much for me. Didn't take very long to read, it passed the time while I was waiting for my boyfriend to get ready. The stories were okay but I didn't like one more than the other and I didn't feel very attached to them and I failed to connect with any of the characters.
Nayibe Castillo
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tesoro encontrado en un pulguero por Central Park!!!!
Stamatios
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The two short stories in the book are an excellent introduction to Ellis's work and not having the stomach to read a full-length novel of his, I decided to give them a shot.

It was exactly what I expected. Amoral, vacuous characters, unable to feel the tiniest sting of emotion, lost in a maze they can never exit, living forever in the same moment again and again, unable to break the vicious circle of addiction and pain. Ellis writes in long repeating sentences that take you on a roller-coaster ri
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Gavin Smith
Honestly, there isn't much going on in either of these two stories that you won't find in an improved and more comprehensive form in any of Bret Easton Ellis' longer works. Thematically and narratively, this is very much the same drug-fueled world of self-involved nihilists that you can find throughout his writing. Surely though, Ellis must have a claim to be one of the most consistent literary writers of his time. His style always has the same propulsive rhythm and deadpan conclusion, like a po ...more
Jason Bosworthick
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These two short stories introduce the talent evident in Ellis (of American Psycho fame).

The two stories explore similar themes of substance abuse and fame. What makes these works stand out for me is the natural dialogue within the stories. I admit that both tales aren't exactly filled with excitement but there is such natural, free-flowing speech that it reaches the reader...even should they be the most devoutly "clean" person going...on a familiar level.

Worth a read for sure and for those, like
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Richard Evans
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd say this is one for Bret Easton Ellis fans. I'd probably give Water from the Sun, which has the better title, 2 stars and Discovering Japan, which bears more similarity to Glamorama and Less than Zero 4 stars.
Duncan
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Was pretty disappointed with this book. It felt to me like a tired re-hash of the very similar ideas to those communicated much more powerfully in American Psycho.
Peter C
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hadn't read these so glad available on Kindle. A bit of a curiosity more than anything, but perfectly enjoyable read.
Sediqa
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Naturally. Allows the reader to feel like a participant in the events that occur rather than an observer.
Rob
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Short, but typically Easton-Ellis: dazed and confused characters, 1980s context, affluent types, not really likeable
Peter
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
2 short stories by Ellis, both a bit blah.
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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 young, generally vacuous people, who are aware of their depravity but choose to en ...more
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“Things
changing, failing apart, fading, another year, a few more
moves, a hard person who doesn't give a fuck, a boredom so
monumental it humbles, arrangements so fleeting made by
people you don't even know that it requires you to lose any
sense of reality you might have once acquired, expectations
so unreasonable you become superstitious about ever
matching them.”
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