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"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 a new product that gives new meaning to the term "self-help."
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, 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 gratification 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 feminine products 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 battery-powered world domination must be stopped. But how?
From the Hardcover edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Enthralled then Appalled.
Was AMAZING, until the last 2 pages. Was expecting a more powerful ending from the writer of Fight Club. Maybe he ran out of ink or pages? Or just ideas.
Interesting concept, not my favorite
My advice is to not buy this book. I did and I was disappointed. If you are a fan of this author, you may love it. I'm not familiar with his style, though, and didn't like this book.
Overall, the concept was great. A nation takeover due to sex products? What? Tell me more. That's why I bought the book - it intrigued me. But reading it left me wishing I hadn't. I thought there were a lot of random concepts placed for shock-factor, but they seemed unnecessary. I wish I hadn't read the scenes involving a 200 year old sex goddess as I am still thoroughly grossed out. And the ending came very quick and seemed a little silly to me.
Again, I haven't read any of the author's previous works. If you're a fan, you may love it! I didn't.
This is possibly the worst book I've ever finished; Only because I was trapped on an airplane. Seriously, it was the walking sex dead without character development. The premise was absurd and the writers point of view seemed to be a sexually frustrated teenager. A world takeover due to sex toys?..