Crooked Little Vein is a weird detective story that gets to the heart of bizarre America (though it's pre-Trump so the measuring scale might need recalibrating). The thing about it is that weird stuff like getting really into kaiju-porn seems so wholesome now. Back when this was written it felt like the world needed more crazy but now I don't know. Still. It's funny and will keep your attention. Recommended.
National Treasure meets the Maltese Falcon in this darkly humorous gumshoe novel about a tired detective looking for a stolen copy of the Constitution with help from a free-lovin' sidekick.
This book is stupid. And anyone who reads it is stupid and a blight on humanity. This crap being published just proves how stupid Americans really are.
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You will know from the first sentence if this book is your sort of book. You will either laugh or gag on that first sentence. If you don't laugh, stop reading, you won't enjoy it. If you do laugh, don't stop reading, because you won't stop laughing. This is a bawdy filthy weirdly heartfelt tale, like pretty much all of Ellis' stuff. This is grimy and sincere, disturbing and amusing- often all at once. You have been warned.
SO GOOD. Gobbled it up in one day. If Twin Peaks and Chuck Palahniuk had a sickeningly perverse book baby...this would be it.
This book is like a live wire: dangerous, shocking and illuminating. Warren Ellis' debut novel contains all the savagery and hilarious satire that are present in his many graphic novels ("Transmetropolitan", "The Authority", "Planetary", &c). Not for the faint-hearted or humorless.
This book has a promising start. Good, we're going on a trip! Unfortunately the trip fizzles pretty quickly as we're going from sexual grossness to violent behavior to outright silliness to morality study. All in all, a fast read with alas no content whatsoever. A book that wants to shock, but only grosses us out.
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