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Out of Touch Paperback – November 19, 2008

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About the Author

Brandon Tietz is an American-born writer and illustrator. He attended the University of Kansas and currently resides in Kansas City, MO. Out of Touch is his debut novel. Visit him online at www.myspace.com/outoftouchthebook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595518532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595518531
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,511,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brandon Tietz is the author of OUT OF TOUCH and GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS. His short stories have been widely published, with work appearing in WARMED AND BOUND (Velvet Press), AMSTERDAMNED IF YOU DO (CCLAP), SPARK: A CREATIVE ANTHOLOGY (vol. II), SOLARCIDAL TENDENCIES, and the Chuck Palahniuk anthology BURNT TONGUES (Medallion Press). Tietz currently serves a contributor for LitReactor.com. He lives and works in Kansas City, MO.

Visit his official website at: www.brandontietz.com

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This book is a lot of fun. That's not to say that Aidin's journey should be taken lightly. It's not a comedy, but the author does a stellar job of allowing the reader to sit "shotgun" on the same ride that the main character is taking -the primary example being "the list" that Aidin has to complete in his therapy while confronting the fact that he's lost his ability to experience any physical sensation.

Funny thing, though, because while Aidin may wake up one day to find himself stripped of his ability to "feel," it's safe to say that he lost all "feeling" long before his condition ever kicked in.

So our numb and disconnected narrator comes to grips with that fact. You'll hear about the "twist" ending and how it comes out of left field, but not really -and I won't give away that ending of course, but it has to do with a choice that Aidin makes when given an ultimatum. His choice may not make a lot of "moral" sense to some, but this is a guy who's tired of running. He already ran from Himself during the years and events leading up this story, and this is the story of how he learns to face himself and who he is.

It can be dark, sad even, but also enlightening and fun for the reader -and that complicated dynamic is what makes Out of Touch such a great read.

The writing style is also fun in the fact that it's familiar, and yet brand new -speaking to the "Palahniuk/Ellis" influence.

Tietz isn't "imitating" these influences as much as going all out in making them known and giving a certain due -and it's all there -from the airplane going down in the opening scene to the support groups.

Think Quentin Tarantino: His influences are not only obvious, but celebrated, played with, and improved upon.

It's got a very Modern Feel after all is said and done. It's a fast read, but a great way to spend a short time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fred Venturini on April 11, 2011
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Warning: You might not be ready for this.

Brandon Tietz is a name familiar from my time at Chuck Palahniuk's website. He's an author, active on the boards, posting excellent short stories. Out of Touch is his debut novel. I see an interview with him on the site. So I write down the name of the book, of the author, hoping to pick it up sometime soon. See if the novel is as good as the stories he's crafting.

You want a synopsis? You want me to set up this review? F that, the synopsis is up there. You already know where Aidin comes from; what he's up against. Let's not talk about what it's about. Let's talk about how GOOD it is.

The prose has the same sensibilities that attracted me to Chuck Palahniuk--the fierce present tense, the resounding chorus and rhythm of the writing, the nihilistic sheen--a fast, furious read. But this isn't all style--the substance holds up, enhanced by a fearless writer's delivery, pushing at us scenes and thoughts we may not be ready for--coke (not the kind in a red can, either) and booze and dirty bathroom sex. And that's in the first few pages, and to some extent, yeah, we've seen coke and orgies before. But by the time you start connecting Lincoln Logs and terrorist activity and the themes of duality and identity, you realize that the stack of pages in your hands, surrounded by the innocence of Braille and the cute readhead on the cover--it's not what you think it is. This is rocket fuel you've got here. This is a young writer without a filter. He's ready to dose you, raw. And better than that--you can tell he's put the work in to produce writing like this. I don't have to ask him, but I know he's got rejection slips stashed somewhere--a writer's badge of honor. I know he rewrites his ass off.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David J. Keaton on July 24, 2013
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An intriguing premise that at first smacks a bit of Brett Easton Ellis's usual Dead Kids Walking, then later turns a bit Palahniuk with a "recreational terrorism" subplot, but certainly there's a unique voice on display here, one that's both hilarious and fascinating, especially regarding the protagonist's condition. If you've read any jacket copy, it's no secret that the hero has lost his "sense of touch" (and all the symbolism that entails). But the fact that Tietz addresses readers' concerns, such as detailing how this affects routines regarding defecation and impotence, demonstrates that this author's heart is certainly in the right place. These are the nasty things we want to hear about, and my main frustrations were an abandonment of those issues as the book got cookin'. But then again, I enjoy reading about things others might not, and when the plot heads into twisty mystery territory, or indulges the therapy interludes with the cheekily-named "Dr. Dana Paradies" (making her what? Therapy Parody? A Day in Paradise?), these moves ironically may satisfy more mainstream readers. The clubbing minutia can be a bit tedious, but it also serves as an interesting time capsule, and there's an impressive set-piece describing a night of debauchery before the hero's condition kicks in that makes it worth it. I'd complain about the telegraphed twists, but I've been too busy trying to translate the secret Braille message on the cover (which either says, "My Name Is Mud" or "Is This Cake Or Meat?") But the book is definitely cynical and irreverent enough to satisfy. And it seems like more irreverence is on the horizon with his upcoming Christian Erotica (!) Good Sex, Great Prayers, so I'll be coming back.
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