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Fuckness (2000)

by Andersen Prunty(Favorite Author)
3.27 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: Don't let the title turn you off of this book. The Fuckness is a real thing, and once you realize what it is, you will find it relatable and indescribable by any other term.Don't let the author turn you off of this book. If you hate-read through Social Disorder like I did, or bizarro isn't your thing, you could potentially still thoroughly enjoy this one. Granted there are still pissing contests and goring individuals anuses with devil horns, but it's just so much more than that.Don't let the cover description or any vague review turn you off to this book. We all are aware horns won't meld to your head, but for some reason, it just works in this book.Wally Black is probably one of my newfound all time favorite characters. From his extreme self-awareness, to his quirky... more hums, dances, "near palsy" like twitches - I spent the whole book cheering for him, no matter what sort of trouble he got himself into. I felt like I knew the kid, I wanted to adopt him. This is the best work I've read of Prunty's so far, and I will definitely revisit it again, especially when my own Fuckness creeps in.
review 2: WARNING: Language and shit.This review is of the audiobook.FUCKNESS is relatively devoid of fuckness. Relatively...I listened to the first 42% of FUCKNESS, by Andersen Prunty, narrated by Jeff Bower, then switched to the ebook for one chapter. One chapter. That's all. 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. "Beatrice" isn't a bad word, but call a man "Beatrice" in the middle of an argument and see if he doesn't respond poorly. But you don't need me preaching to you about language, foul or otherwise, so on with the review. FUCKNESS is surprisingly deep. 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. Who knows? 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. (Deep breath... ) Prunty kinda, sorta, in a way, ripped off Joe Hill's HORNS. Going into FUCKNESS, I had no idea it was about a guy that gets stuck with devil horns. 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. Like, "Goddamnit, man... Why?" It could have been reindeer antlers or a beer helmet. 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. All I know is HORNS was published in Feb 2010, and FUCKNESS in March 2011. You do the math.In summation: 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.(Note: 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.) less
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Weird. Repeats the word "fuck" too many times. Tiring.But. I liked it in the end.
It was alright but I am done with coming of age stories
A true descent into madness
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