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Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho | Review

Title: American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 390

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho

 

It’s pretty difficult for me to review this one because while I did actually enjoy reading it, I don’t necessarily think it was an objectively good book. A lot of the ideas and the imagery in it were so clunky that it was like being beat over the head with them, and while I’ve previously said to a YouTube friend that I like it when the author makes it easy for me to grasp the imagery, this book just took the piss a bit. After the third or the fourth long extract where Bateman is dissecting popular music to contrast it with his random outbursts of violence, I was just so done with it. The same is true with the constant references to Donald Trump and the way that Bateman and his cronies worship money as their own private religion. It could have been a powerful message, but by the end of the book I was just like, “I GET THE POINT.”

But like I said, I still enjoyed reading the book, and I even thought that the “erotic” scenes were written tastefully without resorting to using weird phrases like “he entered her glistening sex with his rigid tip”, which is all too common when people write sex scenes. Sure, the sex scenes in question basically involve people being raped and then brutally murdered and so it’s not exactly easy reading, but at least the writing itself didn’t make me cringe. To be honest, I was mostly numb to it all and it quite often felt as though stuff had just been thrown into the mix to shock and offend people.

All in all, I find it hard to judge this one. It was simultaneously dated and more relevant than ever, but the actual central plot was just so-so. Perhaps it was more impactful back in 1991 and I suspect I would have enjoyed it more if I’d never read Irvine Welsh, because this reads like an American version of Irvine Welsh except following rich people instead of poor people. They weren’t compelling characters to read about and no amount of gore porn could help it to recover. It was like a horror film that’s only scary because of jump scares.

 

Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis

 

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John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin and Anne Miller – 1,342 Q.i. Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted | Review

Title: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin and Anne Miller

Author: 1,342 Q.i. Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 357

Rating: 4*/5

 

John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin and Anne Miller - 1,342 Q.i. Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted

John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin and Anne Miller – 1,342 Q.i. Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book’s a lot of fun, and I don’t even need to explain the premise because it’s right there in the title. Suffice to say that it’s well-researched and easy to read – in fact, I whizzed through it in an hour or so, although you can read it however you’d like. And it’s interesting how the facts somehow seem to tell a narrative of sorts – or at the very least, they play word association with themselves – despite not being formally grouped into chapter headings or any specific order.

I could go on and on, but I’m going to let some facts do the talking, so here we go. Slugs have 27,000 teeth. In China, it is illegal to post erotic banana videos online. One in every 900 men from American Samoa play in the National Football League. Ducklings are capable of abstract thought. NASA scientists working on Mars rovers work to a Mars day, not an Earth day.

Really, that ought to be enough to tempt you into reading this book, but if it helps, I’d say this is one of my favourite Q.i. spin-off books so far. It’s just so easy to read, so much fun from start to finish, and there’s the added bonus of the 1,342 facts that you’re going to learn along the way.

 

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson - The Second Q.I. Book of General Ignorance

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson – The Second Q.I. Book of General Ignorance

 

So overall, if you’re the kind of person who likes to expand their mind by learning new things, this book is for you. And for the more cynical of you – the folks like me who like to be able to check sources – there’s an accompanying website that allow you to see the sources for all of the facts on any individual page. Bonus!

By the way, did you know that the more people believe in witchcraft, the less they tend to give to charity? Need more? Then go read the book.

 

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson - Advanced Banter: The Q.i. Book of Quotations

John Lloyd and John Mitchinson – Advanced Banter: The Q.i. Book of Quotations

 

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