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Fuckness [Kindle Edition]

Andersen Prunty
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This darkly offbeat novel opens with the narrator, Wallace Black, as the target of the school bully’s violence. After suffering a horrendous beating, Black goes home to his equally abusive family. As a punishment for fighting at school, his mother straps a set of grotesque horns to the top of his head. He is unsure of where the horns came from. They have always been in the house. And they contain a power no one could have expected.

Let Andersen Prunty (ZEROSTRATA, MORNING IS DEAD, and THE BEARD) guide you through a sometimes hilarious, sometimes violent and terrifying coming-of-age Midwestern gothic novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982628145
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Atlatl Press (March 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang For Your Buck September 29, 2011
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The narrator of this book is like a poor man's Holden Caulfield. Maybe that sounds like a put down but it's really a compliment. Instead of some spoiled rich kid whining about his non-problems this is about a kid with problems coming at him from all sides. It was sad and sweet and creepy and violent and funny. Plus, it was very well written. Mr. Prunty was able to write about absurdities without compromising the genuine emotions of the situations or the characters. Considering I only paid a buck for this book I'm very happy with it. But even if it wasn't so cheap it would have been worth the money. This book is the Huckleberry Finn for the End Of Days.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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This tale chewed through me right at gut level, with a speed like a chainsaw through a teenager.
Told from the point of view of Wallace Black, an extremely unfortunate 16 year old, it begins in dark times, suddenly changes tone JUST enough... and then ends fantastically... though still feeling as if you've definitely been abused.
Someone else called it "darkly offbeat"...
I thought it was like being kicked in the ass.
Like... right where the hole is.
And liking it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh writing, solid story! March 5, 2012
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A solid piece of work. Amazon's blurb calls it "a sometimes hilarious, sometimes violent and terrifying coming-of-age Midwestern gothic novel." I'd agree with the part about its being a violent coming-of-age story. And it does cover the Midwestern territory depressingly well (the Boo character is an excruciatingly well-rendered example of a particular type of Ohioan). Gothic? Meh. Hilarious? Hm, not to me it wasn't, though it did sometimes make my lip quirk up at the corner in amusement. I think the author does a great job in particular at updating some of the baser kinds of humanity we see in Kozinsky's The Painted Bird while keeping the flavor the evil a notch lower, more around the banal madness you might encounter in the movie Gummo, say.

The book is the self-told tale of a sixteen-year-old who's still in 8th grade. Whether he's held back because he's so radically different from those around him in rural Ohio, or because he's actually quite dim, or because of both these things, is never completely clear. The narrator himself seems not to know. What matters most though is that his difference (whether due to a mental disorder or deficiency) makes him the subject of others' cruelty... until the day his mother makes him wear a set of horns as a punishment. The horns fuse to his skull, and the this bonding seems to affect a change in our hero, Wally. The rest of the book is about the very different path his life takes once Wally realizes, owns, or comes into the same kinds of power that his persecutors have long lorded over him. Retribution, abomination, mischief, and adventure ensue.

The book has some surprises. It's not supernatural, not really, though I thought it would be.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously strange August 24, 2011
F***ness is a coming of age story (or sorts). The boy in the story is given horns, which proves to ultimately be one of the least strange things that happens to him. One of my favorite sections is the almost surreal scene in which the boy and his traveling companion urinate together. It is probably one of the most overly descriptive scenes in any of Andersen Prunty's books, to a hysterical result. I prefer the book's original title, but a F***ness by any name is just as entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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(May be spoiler-ish)

So a dumb, easily distracted kid with cruel teachers and worse parents goes on a bizarre wandering rampage of external violence and internal evolution. The main character has decided the entire world is dominated and controlled by ridiculousness (aka f&*kness) and that really kind of caps how much you will ever sympathize. A carefully crafted world of everything being horrible demonstrates that this writer can write, and chooses to write nonsensical, greasy, queasy horrible-ness.

But it kind of works, if you want the icky, grindy adventure of filth.

The story takes place in Ohio and I see the author is from Ohio I won't be going to Ohio. (Just in case it really as that bad.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth picking up and not putting down May 8, 2013
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Read on and become cynically enlightened! I could not put this book down once I started getting into it after about the second chapter. I love his writing style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boo May 7, 2013
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one of the best stories ive read yet, wish he did more full novels, i swear everone has met a person like this at some point in thier life and can relate to alot of what he goes through. Great read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal and personally haunting August 29, 2011
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That is how the protagonist, Wallace Black, refers to the faceless and soulless humans that go through their day to day lives without thinking about what life really means. They are everywhere. They are his parents, his teacher, his peers and just about everyone else except for those few that have rejected societies limits. Not unexpectedly those few are also those that have been, in turn, rejected by society.

I read this because I enjoyed the author's horror novel "The Sorrow King", and was looking for something similar. This is nothing like "The Sorrow King", yet still there is a feeling of familiarity with that earlier novel and not just because Ken the Drifter makes an appearance.

If you want an unsettling experience that makes you think (I have a strong feeling that is a redundancy), give this one a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
This book was surprisingly good. I enjoyed it but am still confused about the ending. It is definitely worth the read! Will be reading more books by this author.
Published 1 day ago by Porcelaindoll
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Fun read. Good characters and plot.
Published 2 days ago by Denise Morin
4.0 out of 5 stars hard to put down.....not for the faint of heart
At first I was like oh no not another book about horns but this is way different than the Joe Hill book. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Shakusteve
4.0 out of 5 stars For fuckness sake
This was an interesting dare I say intelligent story. Young mister Black was an intriguing character, one whom stirs empathy in the apathy that surrounds him. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 1 month ago by Joyce McCadden
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good little book. Strange but I like strange
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
very strange at times, but I think I liked it. reminds me of Chuck Palahniuk's recent stuff. not as good as his old stuff
Published 1 month ago by JONATHAN P OWENS
3.0 out of 5 stars One of "those books"
I can't say I couldn't put this book down, but it did have some intrigue, suspense, and surprise. Overall an ok read
Published 2 months ago by Christy M Fain
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd but interesting
the book was very far out there. very descriptive and easy to picture what may have been going on. it was a very unlikely turn of events. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Andersen Prunty is the author of FU*KNESS and HI I'M A SOCIAL DISEASE, among other books. He lives in Ohio.

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