Atmospheres

Atmospheres No plot summary can suggest the mesmerizing texture of this caustically hilarious aggressively mordant constantly surprising and terrifyingly fun summation of the death by choking on hubris of the A

  • Title: Atmospheres
  • Author: Jon Konrath
  • ISBN: 9780984422388
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • No plot summary can suggest the mesmerizing texture of this caustically hilarious, aggressively mordant, constantly surprising and terrifyingly fun summation of the death by choking on hubris of the American dream in the 21st Century.An unconventional abstract experiment depicting the elusive search for meaning within a chaotic world on the verge of collapse, this challengNo plot summary can suggest the mesmerizing texture of this caustically hilarious, aggressively mordant, constantly surprising and terrifyingly fun summation of the death by choking on hubris of the American dream in the 21st Century.An unconventional abstract experiment depicting the elusive search for meaning within a chaotic world on the verge of collapse, this challenge to readers presents a mosaic of nightmarish, post modern prose in the form of a non linear novel exploring the existential definition of life Quickly unfolding into a wildly imaginative world of death metal, serial killers, absurd cultural references, and sketches involving cough syrup abuse, post apocalyptic chaos, and self fulfillment through drone warfare, the book explores a descent into chemical imbalance and sexual horror.Rendered in several narrative forms, the 101 disconnected pieces within this three act novel forms a psychedelic story arc spanning the journey of the narrator to find the meaning of life within a near future filled with chaos and destruction, to mine the depths of his nostalgia and explore the far reaches of the imagination to find satiation and serenity that no amount of sex, drugs, money, power, fame, therapy, or consumer electronics could touch Dodging from past to present to future, Konrath s writing often goes meta and breaks the fourth wall, varying from between painfully honest personal narrative and grotesque dark fiction.Atmospheres is as unnerving as it is enthralling, and is disturbing than a cutthroat gang of genetically engineered Franz Kafka clones who ve been spawned in petri dishes filled with PCP and fecal matter showing up at your door wearing Reagan masks and polyester leisure suits, wrestling in a wading pool filled with viscera and tapioca pudding.

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    1. Kon·ra·thi·an adjective \ˈkän-rath-ēən\ : a sentence or phrase used, in caustic hyperbole, to describe the complete meaninglessness of American culture and its iconsI stumbled to Wendy's on a hate bender to fuck sluts and eat chili. I saw Judge Ito, now bald with a huge ZZ Top beard, shoveling in baked potatoes covered in bacon bits and frosty ice cream.Konra·thian noun \ˈkōnrä-thē-ən\: Overlord of lower-middle class America. Shrines include mega-malls, dilapidated little league sta [...]

    2. We sat at one of the two-top tables in the corner, the pages of my book spread across every horizontal surface, the routines making no sense. “Your train needs tracks,” he kept saying, over and over, as if this meant something to me. “You have an unspoken contract to the reader, and you owe them a structured plot to drag them from one end to the other. This book is all train. You need tracks.”Says Eddie, the author's writing buddy and occasional partner in crime. He has a point, and I'm [...]

    3. It’s no secret I’m a huge Konrath fan. I can’t tell you why. Not because I don’t WANT to tell you. I can’t, because I have no idea. He’s that something special that helps me feel better about myself. Not in a “Yay, you’re a winner!” sorta way, but in a “Well, at least you’re not as bad as those people on the Jerry Springer Show” sorta way. Konrath has a way of making common, everyday occurrences seem like a recipe for a secret life. Example? After reading Atmospheres I ca [...]

    4. Jon Konrath should be his own genre. What could we call it? Konrathian? Konrathesque? Post-Konrathalyptic? Whatever. How about YOU come up with the term, you judgmental prick. My point is this: Jon Konrath's stuff reads like nothing else.Atmospheres, at first glance, is seemingly innocuous. The cover is rather benign and the synopsis hints at almost nothing contained within. Well summarize what you should expect from this novel, I will say this - IT'S FREAKING CRAZY! The book is a stream-of-cons [...]

    5. I think Jon Konrath gifted me with a copy for review purposes. He's gifted me a couple of his books. (Besides, I'm usually doped up on vistaril and/or off brand NyQuil. I can't remember anymore)ANYHOWI also have this on audiobook. As usual, I would recommend you also buy that. I like the narrator. He sounds like an all American type, then he has to say really f'ed up, ridiculous things. I listen to the audiobook A LOT. It's one of the handful that I sleep to, cause I like the demented dreams it [...]

    6. This is like nothing I've ever read (listened to) before, and I don't think I'll be looking into bizarro fiction again. I have no idea what I listened to, no idea what the story was, and no idea what the purpose was. I do appreciate the free copy, but I don't think I'll look for anymore bizarro fiction.

    7. 'Stunning' is simply the best word to describe this book. It's been since "Rumored to Exist" that Konrath has gone through the kind of monstrous effort it takes to do this kind of thing in full length form, usually doing collections of shorter pieces, and I think this one actually tops the previous achievement (though it's always possible that I just understand and appreciate it more now). It's an impressionistic depiction of what it is to try to live a human life amidst the insanity and absurdi [...]

    8. Jon Konrath’s Ballardian dedication of Atmospheres “to the insane” should be a warning to those courageous enough to pick up this febrile seizure of a book— everyone you are about to meet in this absurd descent into post-modern brutalism is suffering from massive impairment of the prefrontal cortex and then some. In Atmospheres’ near-future dystopia, which is essentially the same reality of Cops, Breaking Bad, Grand Theft Auto, and a vast American wasteland whose cultural zenith is a T [...]

    9. Reflecting on this book, I see visions of Konrath running through a metropolis, using his mechanical 3rd arm to throw copies of this book rapid fire like grenades, as the other two arms are consistently flipping middle fingers at all of the pointless, laughable things we do as modern humans. I was easily pulled in by the hilarious, sarcastic anarchy going on. There is an uncanny wit apparent in the way the author pokes fun at what really does deserve some ridicule, in my opinion. This was my go- [...]

    10. Konnie has done it again. I haven't read all 8 million of his books yet, but I've read a bit of his stuff, and the thing you notice is that he plays a lot with the same elements, same scenarios, similar techniques. This leads to the fear that maybe he'll start repeating himself. With Atmospheres he proves that fear to be unfounded. It's Konrath, through and through, with all the obligatory nods to Bukowski, Thompson, Burroughs, and Leyner, as well as modern weapons manufacturers, pharmaceutical [...]

    11. "Atmospheres" is my favorite so far. Jon Konrath is the only writer that has made me laugh out loud. I've always ran to the films of Todd Solondz to laugh because it's the only thing I could find to amuse myself and escape the mainstream humor that annoys me. Konrath has affected me the same way. I've read "Atmospheres" 3 times now. I love it.

    12. This man brings laughter to every page. Long sentences structure of pure madness. I actually had no idea what was going on but every page has some kind of pop culture reference, or just something over the top weird but high laugh content. Fans of Mark Leyner will did this book.

    13. This is a difficult book to review. It's a difficult book to explain. It's not that nothing happens. Hundreds of things happen. To dozens of different people. And it's hilarious and horrifying and caustic and original and sometimes strangely, bizarrely logical, but there's JUST SO MUCH OF IT.It took me weeks to read this, parcelling it out in tiny pieces, a few bite-size chapters at a time, but any more than that and I'd begin to lose focus, scanning pages without really understanding any of wha [...]

    14. I can't help thinking that if Jon Konrath had decided to become a stand-up comic, instead of an indie writer, he'd be famous by now. He's absolutely perfected his warped and hilarious writing style in Atmospheres, but it's unlikely to garner him the attention he deserves. It's a problem of the times we live in: few books can compete, in terms of sheer raw entertainment value, against the latest iteration of Grand Theft Auto or the porn ingénue Stoya experiencing an under-the-table orgasm while [...]

    15. This book was cleverly charming with a jaded sense of society today. This book was interesting to read. I recieved this book through

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