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Vacation irresistably reminds the reader of Chuck Palahniuk's acerbic social commentary, but with less gore and more science fiction trappings. -- The Harrow, Vol. 10, #5 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"I don't think there has been a more aptly titled book in recent memory than Jeremy Shipp's Vacation. This sprawling psychological pseudo-fantastical surrealistic mind-trip of an adventure story demands that you step out--far, far, far out--of your comfort zone, and embrace the possibilities of a universe that may be a dream, a nightmare, or just wishful thinking. Vacation is a headfirst dive into the rabbit hole, assuming those rabbits lined their burrow with mirrors, because as bizarre as this novel ultimately appears to be on the surface, there's very little here that we won't find in ourselves, assuming we're brave enough, and know how and where, to look. For now, we will have to content ourselves with author Shipp's efforts to do that very thing on our behalf." --Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Currency of Souls, The Turtle Boy, and The Hides --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press; 1St Edition edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933293411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933293417
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,076,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The world has, since the inception - intentional or otherwise - of humankind, always been a dubious plane of existence. You'd be hard-pressed to find an author, poet, artist, musician, politician, holy man, or everyman who has never spoken out concerning the human condition, from the tiniest fib to the most horrific act of genocide. Newspaper columnists, Sunday preachers, eastern philosophers all dissect the meaning of life in their various fashions - but Jeremy Shipp's Vacation, a first-person tour de force that takes place in an alternate universe and / or future-in-the-making, actually takes the human condition and turns it inside out.

On the surface, Vacation is about a disgruntled English teacher named Bernard Johnson who goes on Vacation (yes, proper capitalization) with an ex-student, once-male, now-female friend and discovers the world is not what he initially thought it to be.

Okay. Simple enough premise - you see it all the time in various forms of literature (well, maybe without the sex change). Peel away that superficial layer, though, and you soon find yourself entangled in a labyrinth of spiritual testing and social commentary unflinchingly portrayed by Shipp's characters. In this world, society exists in two major flavors: the Tics and the Meeks, the former being the well-to-dos of the industrialized nations, the latter being the poor, the exiled. Using this metaphor, it quickly becomes obvious the Tics are our own pop culture, the pill-popping, credit-card-wielding, overfed, and over-stimulated masses who have been shielded from the terrible truths of the world in a sort of global propaganda scheme to bolster big business. The Meeks are, well, everyone else - a grassroots conglomerate of militants who have cleansed their bodies and minds of all social poisons.
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Format: Paperback
Jeremy Shipp takes the reader on a psychological head-trip through
the eyes of Bernard Johnson. A thirty-five year old intelligent
man with a wild, incredible imagination. Bernard is tormented
with his dreams, fantasies, and nightmares. The reader is taken
through the door of a magic carpet ride of adventure, but the ride
doesn't end there. The ride continues from the magic carpet of fantasy,
through the doors of the haunted house of fear. Each reader will be
taken through the same journey, but if they dare go a second round,
they may experience a completely different feeling than the first
ride. Vacation is a thought-provoking, surrealistic first time novel,
created into a dark fiction masterpiece. This adventure story through
the mind of Johnson is disturbing, provocative, and challenging.
Shipp covers every segment of human emotion to perfection, leaving
the curious reader in total darkness. Reading Vacation is like
watching one of Alfred Hitchcock's brain-teasing movies, where the
reader is left confused. This unpredicting story of one man's
journey is a powerful, bizzare, roller coaster ride into the human
psyche. Vacation demands the reader to begin this journey once again,
and for each reader that takes a second ride, Shipp's mission is
accomplished. His sole intention is to make sure the reader hasn't
missed anything. The reader is left with questions, not answers,
and is forced to solve this puzzle of mystery. Is Bernard Johnson
battling with depression? Does depression take over? The author
draws a fine line between fantasy and reality through the wandering
mind of Bernard Johnson, as he struggles out of his comfort zone.
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Not because of this outstanding book, I just wanted to brag.

Jeremy Shipp's greatest work yet. It's more subtle in it's bizzarity than Cursed and longer than a piece of string. Vacation is a book that makes you suddenly stop reading, back up a few lines and read it again as your brain catches up with what just happened and goes WTF?

Vacation should be required reading in schools were education is more important than indoctrination, and used for indoctrination purposes in all other institutions.
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This was my first foray into the works of Jeremy C. Shipp and I came away impressed and not wanting to go on this type of vacation anytime soon. The story centers on a normal guy who has yet to go on his "Vacation" which is a cultural passage of sorts, however our friend soon finds himself in a weird back and forth battle between two societies. Well written and recommend for fans of Bizarro and weird fiction novels alike.
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Format: Paperback
Hey, how would you like to take an all-expense paid year-long vacation around the world in the name of "finding yourself"? What if it meant leaving behind your loved ones, your career, everything you ever felt secure in? What if it also meant leaving behind your regrets, your bad memories, your addictions? What if you could talk to angels and become stronger, achieve more than your wildest ambitions? What if you had to be completely broken down and painfully rewired first? Would you do it?

Jeremy C. Shipp's book VACATION is a well-written voyage of self-discovery in a not-so-fictitious world of Big Brotherism. It's not a long book, but it will make you think. And thinking is good.
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