Unsettling Fiction

Unsettling Fiction

I’ve finished “20,000 feet” and loved it. Little short stories mean to frighten or scare, and maybe make you sleep with the lights on. Richard Matheson also wrote “I Am Legend” which was adapted into the Will Smith movie – not exactly following the book but close enough that it did the story line justice. Also meant to unsettle and scare.

Fiction that makes me squirm is some of my favorite, but many times the topics are considered taboo.

“Soldiers” – M/M sex, rape, BDSM, non-con, violence … and by far some of the best books I have ever read.

“Endurance” – torture, violence, rape, imprisonment … the scariest thing I have ever read.

(It seems we have a theme for what I like to read! Apparently I’m a bit twisted.)

And now, we have a new contender for an unsettling book.

19523454  “Beautiful You” by Chuck Palahniuk.
Publisher’s Synopsis:
“A billion husbands are about to be replaced.”

From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka “Climax-Well,” a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What’s not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell’s plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?”

I’ve only just begun reading this and I’m a little confused as to what is going on. The opening scene was not pleasant but the book, so far, is. Was that an abberation, or am I in for more unsettling stuff?


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