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Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist while still in college and almost immediately famous and wealthy, and then seeing your insufferable father ... Show synopsis

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Ohrenberg

no american psycho

by Ohrenberg on Oct 30, 2007

Lunar Park is a unique twist of fact and fiction. Elis crafts a fictitious life around the basic truths in his life. In Lunar Park the main character is Bret Easton Ellis who has written Less Than Zero, American Psycho, and Glamorama. When a personal tragedy occurs ellis is forced to grow up and move to the suburbs and become a family man. Not long into this lifestyle bizzare events seem to be haunting ellis. Basically a tale of relationships and forgiveness with the common ellis style attached to it this novel falls short of his previous work. I definately see some influence from Danielewski's House Of Leaves intentional or not it is in there. If you are looking for the same shocking scenes you experienced in American Psycho you will not find them here. Still worth reading i emjoyed the change of pace for an ellis book.

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bookboy

Ellis writing horror? I'm not buying it.

by bookboy on May 17, 2007

Lunar Park reads like a cross between House of Leaves and The Dark Half. Whereas those were both very chiling reads, Lunar Park is not and instead comes across as an indulgent self promoting gimic. Ellis casts himself as the protagonist and after a compelling first chapter the novel falls flat under it's ridiculously unbelievable plot. I'm not sure if it's unbelievable because it's horror and I don't think Ellis is a good horror writer or because it was just plan bad. Maybe it's a combination of both. Don't get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of Ellis and his writing is as crisp and breezy and enjoyable as ever but the story stinks. The plot in a nutshell: Ellis' house is morphing into another house, his daughter's stuffed bird is haunted, he's receiving blank emails from his dead father, Patrick Bateman (crazy guy from American Psycho) is real and recreating the murders from American Psycho and young boys are coming up missing. Bret is constantly drunk and drugged up so we're unsure if it's real or all in his head. Ellis is a great yet stagnant writer who has essentially been rewritng the same story over and over again. I can understand wanting to branch out but this novel is disappointing, convoluted and collapses under the weight of it's ambition. Since Glamorama, Ellis is hitting a downward spiral in nonsensical bloated egomaniacal novels and Lunar Park is no exception. At one point in the novel Bret proclaims this will be his last novel. Let's hope that's true if he plans on writing more drivel like this.

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