[PART 3] Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me (Plus Five For Good Measure)

Time for another addition to this meme! Here is part three…

Listed in no particular order:

  1. The God Eaters  by Jesse Hajicek
  2. Vintage: A Ghost Story  by Steve Berman
  3. Details of the Hunt  by Laura Baumbach
  4. Anansi Boys  by Neil Gaiman
  5. The Sluts  by Dennis Cooper
  6. Battle Royale  by Koushun Takami
  7. Are You Loathesome Tonight?  by Poppy Z. Brite
  8. My Loose Thread  by Dennis Cooper
  9. Brothers  by Hugh Fleetwood
  10. Fight Club  by Chuck Palahniuk
  11. Lullaby  by Chuck Palahniuk
  12. The Time Machine  by H. G. Wells
  13. Brave New World  by Aldorus Huxley
  14. Living Dead Girl  by Elizabeth Scott
  15. The Water Lovers of Sirilon  by L.E. Bryce

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2 thoughts on “[PART 3] Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me (Plus Five For Good Measure)

  1. friendlybookworm June 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM Reply

    What is The Sluts about? Sounds like a controversial book!


    • amomentsilence June 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM Reply

      It really is. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started reading it, but it was definitely *cough* a memorable book. xD It’s strange to explain it, especially if you’re not used to Dennis Cooper’s writing. It’s almost like an online exhibitionist show, going through the pages of gay male escorts and the comments of their clientele. The narration changes frequently, but you always know which “anonymous” voice is talking and saying what. Eventually we get caught in the story of one of the escorts who seems to be “missing” or at the very least his usual clientele haven’t seen him around. And then a stranger come out of nowhere saying how he’s – excused my language – fucking him and going to kill him afterwords. The story really picks as some of the sicker minds think its just a game and encourage the “potential killer” on, while others are genuinely fearful for escort’s life. But what can they do? They don’t know who he is or where he is, and even more so, who could they turn to to help “a slut”?

      It was really an engaging read. Graphic and violent though, so if you’re not into that, you might want to turn away. 😮 But if you like your reads a bit grittier and darker than most, you might want to try it! I read it ages ago. I might want to pick it up for another read one day. 🙂

      The Amazon book description is as such:
      “Set largely on the pages of a website where gay male escorts are reviewed by their clients, and told through the postings, emails, and conversations of several dozen unreliable narrators, The Sluts chronicles the evolution of one young escort’s date with a satisfied client into a metafiction of pornography, lies, half-truths, and myth. Explicit, shocking, comical, and displaying the author’s signature flair for blending structural complexity with direct, stylish, accessible language, The Sluts is Cooper’s most transgressive novel since Frisk, and one of his most innovative works of fiction to date.”



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