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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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
Forget your hairstyle crazes and fashion fads, forget the right car or jewelry or neighborhood. Forget designer drugs and wonder diets. Of all the ways people have sought to emulate and imitate their idols or follow the latest trends over the centuries, THE new ultimate status symbol, addictive high, and expression of individuality by way of body modification is ...
Disease. The more symptomatic, the better. The more outrageous the symptoms, the better. The more rare or hard to get something is, the more prestigious it is. Red carpet movie premiers aren't about dresses and suits anymore, but pustules and deformities.
Designing successful, popular diseases is also big business. And, as with today's celebrity chefs, there are those famous geniuses who rise to the top of their field. Each year, the best of the best are up for a Gehrig award. This year promises to be the most spectacular showdown yet!
A cutting look at society, it reads like a Douglas Adams / Lewis Carroll fever dream; not through the looking glass, but through the petri dish. I could quibble about some sentence structure, semicolon, and apostrophe stuff, but the writing's packed with vivid unreality-imagery (some very vivid, and not necessarily germophobe-friendly) and knock-you-back turns of phrase.
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