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Product Details

  • Paperback: 505 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295971
  • ASIN: B0040RMFBQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel comprising electronic communications, Beaumont's sequel to e creates a stinging satire from a British ad agency's dirty laundry. An ensemble piece with meandering plot lines, it features a workaholic boss who can't figure out how to remove The Man from his e-mail signature, his lawyer wife who's lost control of their children, and several snarky staffers. Many of the story lines revolve around the agency's ridiculous (though perhaps not far-fetched) campaigns, including one to market minicigarettes to children and another to use Margaret Thatcher to sell perfume. Other subplots are more personal, such as a gullible staffer intent on traveling to Nigeria to rescue an heiress who e-mailed him a plea for help. Meanwhile, the characters who spend their workdays gossiping on social networks are so plugged in that one character answers his texts while about to jump off a building ledge. American readers might struggle with some British slang and pop culture references, and though some jokes are run into the ground, Beaumont's dry wit and pithy writing will have readers laughing out loud. (Jan.)
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Hilarious book and a fast read.
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I am actually a big fan of both, but still found the characters in this book to be a bit much at times and the story to be too drawn out.
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Whenever I receive newsletters like these, I always wonder if life could possibly be as good as it sounds in them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Ann Lewis VINE VOICE on December 17, 2009
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I was intrigued by the concept of this book so I had to give it a go. I had not read "e", but since it seemed successful, I thought this might be worth it. It was entirely worth it! I had expected just a series of emails, but was surprised to find emails, IMs, texts, etc. not only from the staff themselves, but also including family, friends, and anyone who can provide an angle on the story.

At first I thought I would get lost in the maze of communication and maybe even have to start a list of the characters to keep it all straight. But after a bit I realized that I did not even need to read the "To" or "From" lines anymore; I knew who was writing by the style and the issue. It felt much more voyeuristic than a conventional book; making me feel somewhat like I was sneaking around with stolen correspondence. The format also encouraged me to fill in the missing bits with my imagination rather than spoon-feeding me everything the author thinks I *should* know.

Now I cannot wait to read "e"! I highly recommend this book to anyone who finds the concept at all intriguing. I sincerely believe that you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2010
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TheWilyBadger: Just got done reading new book

Arthurthepanther: what is it?

TheWilyBadger: A rectangular object with pages in it but that's not important right now ^_^

Arthurthepanther: shutup

TheWilyBadger: It's called e2

TheWilyBadger: Well suppossd to be e-squared but I cant figure out how to do the 2 like a square root in text.

Arthurthepanther: whats it abt?

TheWilyBadger: It's a series of emails and texts and stuff between people in an office talk about their lives and stuff.

Arthurthepanther: Good?

TheWilyBadger: Good. Reminds me of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

Arthurthepanther: What? How? Why?

TheWilyBadger: It's British-ish and written as communications between people rather than dialogue

TheWilyBadger: It has a little more swearing tho

Arthurthepanther: cute :P You liked it tho?

TheWilyBadger: Yeah. The characters are a little broad, but they have to be for the format. They're pretty fun though and HH is my hero (he's a "Doctor Who" fan).

Arthurthepanther: Oh they have those in England?

TheWilyBadger: Ha. Ha. Anyhow the plot is kind of all over the place and it's kind of disjointed but that's part of the charm. I really liked it! I'll probably be ordering the first book in the series, which I think is called (character limit exceeded, remainder in next message)

TheWilyBadger: e

Arthurthepanther: cool so you think i should read it/

TheWilyBadger: Since you like funny things and have a somewhat demented sense of humor, you'll enjoy it. People a bit more straight-laced or overly fond of narrative structure won't.

Arthurthepanther: cool now go away so I can go back to watching Caprica

TheWilyBadger: Frak off :P
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Haden VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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In a collection of emails, the lives of a group of interesting characters unfold -- and unravel, for that matter. Horrible things happen, relationships crumble, people grow desperate, coincidences pile up ... and then the novel ends. It's an enjoyable read, and it's clever, but it's unsatisfying. No one grows, learns or develops. It's like random collisions among the characters. Or possibly like real life, if you have an unusually eventful life.

The details of the lives of these people are interesting, the voices are worth listening to, and the events are striking. I just wish they got somewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on December 7, 2009
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I wasn't sure what to expect of this sequel to Beaumont's "e: A Novel". I received this book as an advanced reading copy through the Amazon Vine program. I have never read "e" but heard it was very funny. So, I was looking forward to reading "e2" in hopes that it would be just as amusing.

This book follows a variety of people at Meerkat360 advertising firm. In addition to the people working there, it also follows more closely the life of director of the company Don Cutter and his lawyer wife, Janet, as they struggle through their lives with their family and trying to deal with their overwhelming jobs. The struggling ad agency ends up getting big gigs both marketing off-beat celebrity perfumes (Margaret Thatcher perfume is one example) and mini-cigarettes (aimed at kids of course). The entirety of the story is told through e-mails, blog posts, and IMs.

To say that the characters in this book are dysfunctional is putting it mildly. This book is full of wacky and zany characters who can't possibly represent the human race as we know it. Beaumont does a surprisingly good job getting across a mostly cohesive story through e-mails, blog posts, and IMs. Not having read the first book, I felt like I missed some things that could have been funny, especially references to various characters' pasts. Still this book can be read as a stand-alone without reading the first one. The general story is independent of the the first book.

The book made me laugh more than a few times. It was a surprisingly funny book and the way it was written, all in electronic communication, was novel and interesting. At points some of the communication between characters are very realistic and remind me of some of the stupider things I have had to put up with at work.
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