So, I don't think it would be fair to write a review of this book. All thoughts on its contents are tainted. Read it yourself if you want to know what it's about. You might like it. View all 9 comments. Oct 12, Bill rated it liked it Shelves: I just want to live life the way I want to live it.
Crude, Inappropriate and completely un-politically correct and super funny. May have been one of the rare instances where I should have r I just want to live life the way I want to live it. May have been one of the rare instances where I should have read the synopsis ahead of time. Mar 16, Marvin rated it really liked it Shelves: Fuckness may be the most depressing book I've ever read. In some ways it is a nihilist's Pilgrim's Progress ; a journey for a redemption that never existed, a coming-of-age tale in a world with no purpose.
Prunty's 16 year old protagonist makes Holden Caulfield appear like an honors student. If it wasn't for Prunty's marvelous imagination and stunning ability to make the impossible seem plausible and the unspeakable poetic, this would be a difficult book to read. Yet I was entranced with it from Fuckness may be the most depressing book I've ever read. Yet I was entranced with it from beginning to end. I didn't think it held up to the author's other works like Zerostrata and Morning is Dead. Prunty's best works do hint of redemptive qualities in his bizarre and often bleak alternate universe.
Yet Fuckness is a powerful and relentlessly dark minor masterpiece. Four and a half stars. View all 11 comments. I called my philosophy the Philosophy of Fuckness. I first developed this philosophy when I realized I was the type of person who would go to just about any lengths necessary in order to avoid trouble and misery. That is, I just wanted to live life the way I wanted to live it without any interruptions or having the answer to anyone. I quickly realized this was impossible. No matter how actively I avoided just about every situation, trouble seemed to find me. This trouble is what I called fucknes I called my philosophy the Philosophy of Fuckness.
This trouble is what I called fuckness. Wallace "Wally" Black is 16 years old when he figures out his Philosophy on life, "Fuck it". All the bad things in his life happen because he doesn't believe in playing the game we are born to play and just says fuck it to anything that doesn't go his way. Well, a lot of things do not go his way. I highly recommend the audiobook to this one, the narrator really does portray the blobs, the fuckness and Wally in the best way. I laughed through out this book and really enjoyed it!
I have to say that Bizarro is becoming one of my favorite genres this year. I love my high-fantasy, sci-fi and horror, but Bizarro is sometimes a mix of that and it is awesome to see what the next Bizarro author will come up with. Jan 04, Edward Lorn rated it really liked it. This review is of the audiobook. I missed the narrator so much I went back to the audio edition.
Bower does an amazing job of capturing the sarcastic tone of Prunty's novel. Had I simply read the book, I don't believe my review would have been as glowing. The book is damn good, don't get me wrong, but it seems made for audio. Now, about the book. If you couldn't tell by the title, there's a metric fuck-ton of fucking fucks in this fucker of a book. Not to mention some of the most humorous vulgarisms I've ever seen in literature.
I loved every minute of it. I'm a firm believer that any language can be foul, any word can become a curse. But you don't need me preaching to you about language, foul or otherwise, so on with the review. Each chapter had at least one or two quote-worthy paragraphs. Prunty tackles being a geek, being poor, and being invisible to the opposite sex with a deft pen. The prose might be simple, but there are layers to it. You can breeze through a sentence without thinking twice about it, because the flow is as smooth as butter, but if you slow down, you'll find yourself ruminating on the profoundness hidden within.
Or maybe I'm just a simple fuck. What I can say with the utmost certainty is this: I dug this book because I am the main character. I am Wally Black. And I will venture a guess that a lot of you will have quite a bit in common with him as well. We've all been awkward at some point in our lives. The only difference is, Wally isn't simply going through a phase. He's the embodiment of awkward. Now, here's why I didn't give the book five stars. I ignored the synopsis simply because I liked the title. Then I get to the part where Wally goes on his rampage, and I sighed.
One big fucking sigh.
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It could have been two fucking dildos duct-taped to a fedora for all the fucks I would have given. Why did you have to make them devil horns? Now, did Prunty read Hill's book? I have no idea. You do the math. The book is good. The writing is as smooth as baby shit, and the narrator of the Audible Edition fits the tone perfectly. Read it or listen to it, I don't care. Just enjoy it, and all that fuckness.
Some reviewers have complained about the grammatical errors in the ebook. In the single chapter I read, I didn't find anything that stood out. Other than that, I cannot comment on the quality of the writing. If there were errors, the narrator covered them up nicely. View all 3 comments. Sep 24, Jason Armstrong rated it it was amazing. The narrator of this book is like a poor man's Holden Caulfield.
Maybe that sounds like a put down but it's really a compliment. Instead of some spoiled rich kid whining about his non-problems this is about a kid with problems coming at him from all sides. It was sad and sweet and creepy and violent and funny. Plus, it was very well written. Prunty was able to write about absurdities without compromising the genuine emotions of the situations or the characters. Considering I only paid a buck The narrator of this book is like a poor man's Holden Caulfield. Considering I only paid a buck for this book I'm very happy with it.
But even if it wasn't so cheap it would have been worth the money. Sep 15, M. O'Neill rated it it was amazing. I was a drug counselor in Middletown, Ohio for three years.
It's smack-dab in between Dayton and Cinci. Why do you think they call it Middletown anyway?? My clientele were of the adolescent intensive outpatient population. I almost feel I have a personal connection to this story because I believe it takes place there with these kinds of children. Andersen knows his lay of the land. Middletown Middleton, here is like Mos Eisley in Ohio. A hive of scum and villainy. Hang on before you hate on me I was a drug counselor in Middletown, Ohio for three years. Hang on before you hate on me for saying this truth be told, I don't care if you do.
The tiny city is a perfect experiment of squeezing the dirt-poor right next door to Ohio Royalty. The former are bullied by society in general to believe that they have nothing ever - EVER - to look forward to and the latter thought that Bush Junior was the best-durn thang that done ever happened to these here U S's of A.
Prunty focuses on the former - a boy with sweet F. He's weird and nobody at his podunk school likes him. His parents beat the holy hell out of him on a regular basis. Then one day, they give it to him good - he gets the horns. The gods of Po' White Trash have chosen him to get rid of all of his shackles, murder his moron parents, steal the nearest riding lawnmower and go find himself so he can defeat The Fuckness.
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Knowing Middletown like I do, it would take a bizarre adventure for the less-than-honeyed to ever hope to bust through the Van Allen belts of hate and despair and allow the last shred of your own personality to shine in the end. Andersen Prunty is the Graham Greene of the 21st Century and this novel is a testament to that. I know many may think those are tall words for a Bizarro author, but he is so in touch with the human condition that he can take genre and truly examine humanity at its worst - but for the best.
Oct 05, Dustin Reade rated it really liked it. Everyone else in the novel sucks. They are barely people. They don't suck as in "they are bad characters". Dec 26, Silke rated it it was ok Shelves: I have to admit that I read this book mostly because of the title. It was a quick read, but the style felt a little bit like an exercise in imitation.
Reminded me a little of Irvine Welsh. That is not a particular bad thing in my opinion, but I didn't really get into it. It did get better towards the end though, which makes up for the second star. Maybe I am just to old for coming-of-age stor I have to admit that I read this book mostly because of the title.
Maybe I am just to old for coming-of-age stories, but this one is just about the standard teenage angst with a bit of gore thrown in for good measure. Sep 30, Jenny rated it it was ok. Oct 13, Sam McCanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: This tale chewed through me right at gut level, with a speed like a chainsaw through a teenager. Told from the point of view of Wallace Black, an extremely unfortunate 16 year old, it begins in dark times, suddenly changes tone JUST enough Someone else called it "darkly offbeat" I thought it was like being kicked in the ass. This is currenly available as a Kindle download for 99 cents: The most interesting thing about this book is the synopsis.
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It seems like a really interesting story from the back, but in reality it's a bloody version of Catcher in the Rye, except Holden has horns. The only difference between Catcher in the Rye, and Fuckness is that Holden is slightly smarter than Wallace Black, and I thought Holden was an imbecile, so just put two and two together to figure that Wallace is borderline retarded. If you read it; plan on a lot of inner dialogue, wandering around The most interesting thing about this book is the synopsis.
If you read it; plan on a lot of inner dialogue, wandering around, and a lot of complaining about "blobs". Not to mention the author loved the title more than I did I thought it was a brilliant title. He goes into detail in the beginning of the definition of fuckness, and then proceeds to use the word fuckness on every single page from there on out. By the time I finished the book, I was ready to never see the word fuckness again. The main character is too stupid to be likable, and I'm not saying that to be a dick, the idiot failed 8th grade twice, not to mention his thoughts seem to be of someone much younger than how old he's supposed to be, which is The dialogue between Wallace, and the other characters seems juvenile in the sense that it belongs in the teen novel section of Barnes and Noble.
I've never read anything from that section, but one can assume it is complete drivel. I feel like he just threw the ending together, or wanted it to have some sort of twist, but it comes out flat, and feels like it lacks originality. Almost like when a book or short story end as the whole story was a dream sequence, it doesn't end in a dream sequence, but just as bad. I gave it two stars, one star for letting me obnoxiously ask for "Fuckness" in Barnes and Noble, embarrassing the shit out of the guy at the info desk. Oh yeah, by the way, I hated Catcher in the Rye.
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Apr 01, Lou Schuler rated it really liked it Shelves: This is my first exposure to Andersen Prunty, and I'm still not sure what to think of it. I think it was a story of an abused kid who takes a run through purgatory, seemingly on his way to hell horns and all , and instead reaches heaven -- to his surprise as well as ours.
But I don't know if that's what the author actually had in mind. And I can't decide if that's brilliant ambiguity, or just weird. It's the YA story of a teenage nobody who isn't abused but is very much adrift in a middle-class world that he doesn't fit into. He gets mad cow disease and falls into a coma. The book's fantastical story takes place in his imagination as he lies dying in a hospital. We get hints that this is going on throughout the story, but since he's only vaguely aware that he's in a coma, it's not entirely clear until the end that his imaginary hero's journey is the only one he'll ever have.
Prunty isn't as explicit. His hero, Wallace Black, seems to slip from a nightmarish real life into pure nightmares without realizing that's what happened. But we never really know until a single sentence at the very end of the book, and even the narrator doesn't seem convinced of the information once he delivers it.
It's up to the reader to go through the book's events and decide which way the author meant to go. It's a dark, often funny book no matter how you look at it. But how you remember it depends, I would think, on what you believe the author had in mind. This is one of the more "serious" bizarro-fiction books out there. It is a story about sixteen-year-old Wallace Black, and his journey to run away from the "fuckness" in the world.
Like Wally himself describes: It is not the man putting on the shirt and tie I would define as fuckness, it is the fact no one else finds it ridiculous.
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To Johnny Metal, to the Tar District, to the Thiklet's house, he tries to keep all the fuckness away. And he does it with a pair of horns supernaturally attached to his head. Mar 02, J. Coming-of-age stories don't get better than this one. Sober writing and impeccable scenes of somberness combine to tell the awkward growth of Wallace Black into adulthood. The horns fuse to his skull, and the this bonding seems to affect a change in our hero, Wally. The rest of the book is about the very different path his life takes once Wally realizes, owns, or comes into the same kinds of power that his persecutors have long lorded over him.
Retribution, abomination, mischief, and adventure ensue. The book has some surprises.
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Another surprise is that the author has a rare gift for recognizing the brilliant and good amid all the, well, fuckness. The character of Wally has some surprises in the way he sees the world that make him surprisingly likeable and endearing, despite a generally Holden Caulfield way of seeing the world. Where Holden was bored with everything, there are a few things that Wally really likes and really gets excited about, and those are probably some of the best parts of the book.
This may not or may be high literature, but it is genuinely inventive literature by someone passionate about his craft. This book lifted my spirits. Go read it, tell me what you think.