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- Print Length: 120 pages
- Publisher: EyeCue Productions (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A2FKU9S
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Remember when growing up, you've hit that age where you're taller every day, you wobble everywhere you go, not because you're drunk but because your limbs are different lengths, your center mass is constantly changing. Maybe you've hit that age where you want to be drunk (it's different for every body) and that only makes balance worse. Anyway, you've hit THAT age, you haven't seen your grandmother in a while and when she opens the door she squeals with excitement, hugs you and pokes/ pinches you in the belly.... except it isn't your belly anymore because you've grown exponentially. Not malicious by any means but it is an awkward poke. A game changing pinch. A not so Gentile reminder that the world is different and the way you perceive it is even more so.
This book is an awkward poke. Is it a game changing pinch? No, not really, not for me anyway. It's a tickle when you're expecting a slap, a 2 X 4 when you're expecting a... I don't know what you might be expecting, a finger in the eye? Or maybe somewhere more pleasurable? Weirdo.
All I know is, if you've willingly picked up this book then you probably have a twisted streak running through you, maybe even a twisted river... where strange baptisms are performed and you are probably going to dig this.
Look, full disclosure: I'm not a fan of Bizarro fiction. And yes, I knew exactly what kind of read this was when I picked it up. Did I hate it? No, I didn't hate it. Has it sparked an interest in delving a bit deeper in the Bizarro world of fiction (besides the two books from that one guy that I've been wanting to read), I can't say it has. But I found Celebrity Culture to be rather entertaining.
It is a sharp bite at a world (an America?) that has become overly obsessed with elite personalities. People who wouldn't defacate on you to save your life... unless there's a profit to be made. Or a chance to parlay that into a shoe deal, but holy s*** look at what they're wearing!! Look at what they're going to be selling me tomorrow!! Yeezus Christ...
What Celebrity Culture has done for me is to spark a urgency to get to a couple of titles I've been sitting on far to long. Mr. Bradshaw's Class Three & Class Four. From what I can tell of Duncan's style, a book from him that is geared towards me should be pretty great. I sincerely hope they have the same kind of bite as Celebrity Culture.
This book is so out there, so different and so not mainstream.. whilst managing to somehow be extremely mainstream in it's subject matter.
Let me explain.
Celebrity Culture is about, well just that! Imagine a world where the aim of the game wasn't to be thinnest or prettiest, but to be the sickest, the most diseased. Celebrity Culture exposes the ugliness within the Celebrity circuit and indeed the very issues faced by the public who worship them whilst still being a light hearted and very, very, odd story.
The book is based around the Annual Lou Gehrig Awards for the best Celebrity Virologist. The winner will claim the Locked In Syndrome Cup and be mulched down to form their disease for mass distribution. You'll find yourself in a constant limbo of revulsion and humour throughout this story as Mr Bradshaw takes pleasure in describing everything in detail. You will find yourself wondering if you just read that correctly, if it is really saying that's what the buildings and décor are made from – and no I won't be telling you!
The description of the surroundings is brilliant and it puts me in mind of similar scenery to “Repo – A Genetic Opera” where the world is obsessed with surgery and they have an opera as advertising. If you haven't seen that or read this book yet, do it. There are of course certain aspects of the scenery that are simply, only available in Mr Bradshaw's imagination so I'm obviously not saying that's like Repo.
I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it, but please don't try to be too sensible about it – you'll hurt your brain.
The book won't be for everybody. There will be some people who manage to get upset about it, find it offensive or just plain don't like the humour. That's fine, it's your opinion, but if you're a little bit sick and twisted and enjoy the gritty things in life, have a look. It's not an expensive read so it's worth a try either way :)
As has been stated in previous reviews, this book is not going to be for everyone, it is certainly some of the more esoteric storytelling I have seen but I think that the book was clear from the start that this was what I was getting in to. I loved the air of dystopian alternate-reality commentary that I felt throughout and I kind of feel like the fact that I happened to read this book while in Las Vegas just made it perfect.
Pick up a copy of this if you are ready for the experience. It's a low price and a shorter book so you aren't putting too much on the line. Just tell that voice of reason in your head to shut up and head out for a drink while you read this and just enjoy the crazy, visceral experience.