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Friday, September 30, 2011

Imperial Bedrooms

 Imperial Bedrooms, Bret Easton Ellis's follow up to Less Than Zero, is by far more sophisticated writing than his debut more than two decades prior.  The story is clearer, the writing is sharper, and my emotional buy in was cleaner. 

The plot of Bedrooms is not incredibly intricate but highly involved; from the beginning it is clear that Clay, the first person narrator, is being followed.  By whom?  And why?  Most of all, though, why are his former classmates and (un)friends being killed in gruesome ways?

That is not an indication that this is a book version of a snuff film; well, at least not until the final few pages anyway.  It's intriguing and interesting, and if you loved the first book, give this one a shot.

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