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Diane  | 2042 comments Rating: 1 star (I'd give it less if I could)

This is one of the worst list books I've read so far. I've read other books by this author and they were not like this. It is the story of a man who becomes obsessed with car crashes after experiencing a crash of his own. That doesn't sound to bad, and it wouldn't be if the book was not pure smut. Way too much gratuitous sex and gore for me. Just plain disturbing.

Kristel (kristelh) | 4108 comments Mod
2015, terrible (0), it truly was terrible but I will give it 1 star as I think the author is a good writer, I wish this hadn’t been the first book I read by him.

REVIEW: To say I don't get it, really sums up my experience reading this...... Here is an example I don't get. "By terrifying paradox, a sexual act between us would be a way of taking her revenge", this is said about the wife of the man that he killed in an auto accident. And what is the sci fi part of this book. It is the excessive references to cars, roads, technology. It's excessive and oppressive. It makes it feel like an alien force. Here's another quote, "the day I left Ashford I had the extraordinary feeling that all these cars were gathering for some special reason I didn't understand."

This is a story of a dystopian world where man no longer has feelings or connections to people and is oppressed by technology. The characters in this book are not likable. They are consumed by sex. The scape of roads and freeways, airports and car parks and the various parts of the inside and outside of cars is what turns them on. The author called this a work of pornography and he was not kidding. The pages are filled with sexual references to parts of cars, sex parts such as penises and breasts, vaginas, urethras and body secretions such as sperm, mucus, blood, vomit. You really feel quite awful after reading this book. This is not gratuitous sex, this is icky sex. I could recommend this book to no one.

“The crash was the only real experience I’d been through”
"For a half an hour I sat by the window in her office, looking down at the hundreds of cars in the parking lot. Their roofs formed a lake of metal."
"Overhead, across the metallized air, a jet-liner screamed."
“The marriage of sex and technology reached its climax as the traffic divided at the airport overpass and we began to move forwards in the northbound lane.”

Flyovers, British word for American overpass.

Diane  | 2042 comments Kristel wrote: "2015, terrible (0), it truly was terrible but I will give it 1 star as I think the author is a good writer, I wish this hadn’t been the first book I read by him.

REVIEW: To say I don't get it, re..."

lol. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is repulsed by this book.

Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ... | 894 comments 1 star (lower if I could!)

I hated this book. I would have never read it if I had read the blurb on the cover or if it wasn't listed on the 1001 books to read list. I had to force myself to finish.

It is about a man named Ballard (yes, another author who fictionalizes himself for his book) who is involved in an automobile accident in which another man is killed. And this is where the book gets bad. Ballard is sexually aroused by the accident! He fantasizes about it. He becomes obsessed with car crashes. He befriends another man who is likewise obsessed with it all and is filming crashes. The book is graphic, and pornographic. It is very detailed about both the injuries caused by accidents and the sexual arousal these men experience.

The book was triggering for me. I was involved in a car accident forty years ago, when I was only 17. The driver of the other car was an elderly woman and she died. She had a heart attack, either just before or just after the accident. I watched her die in the ambulance. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me and I still struggle with PTSD about it. This book not only brought my own feelings to the front, it straight out pissed me off.

Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) (ravenmount) | 473 comments Yep, this is a pretty awful book. I'm not sure if it is worse than The Atrocity Exhibition, but since both appear on the 1001 list, despite Ballard having written quite a few better books, I have to really wonder about the people who recommended the books on the 1001 list. This book seems to have more of a point to it than The Atrocity Exhibition, and more structure, but neither book is really worth reading, let alone buying. I also gave it 1 star on Goodreads, and would not recommend it to anyone.

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