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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

interesting character driven thriller

Twenty-five years ago, they were Less Than Zero hipsters who thought they owned Los Angeles. Time has been cruel to those who survived the Hollywood scene of the mid 1980s.

Clay the screenwriter returns from New York to California where he does what he does best, ...
Twenty-five years ago, they were Less Than Zero hipsters who thought they owned Los Angeles. Time has been cruel to those who survived the Hollywood scene of the mid 1980s.

Clay the screenwriter returns from New York to California where he does what he does best, party-hopping while seeking to sell a script he wrote. In his mind nothing has changed in two and half decades; perhaps that is because he parties in a purple haze of alcohol. As he makes the rounds, he runs into some of his hip playmates. His former wife Blair is married to Trent the producer. Julian owns and manages an escort service while Rip the dealer is more plastic than flesh. However except for a deal, Clay ignores the old crowd as his attention is on wannabe actress Rain Turner, who is 200 proof looks and zero talent. Julian warns him to be careful with Rain as she may seem like his submissive, but that might prove an alcoholic allusion as Clay begins to investigate deadly text messages and lurking cars.

With a nod to Elvis Costello, this is an interesting character driven thriller that though the story line is somewhat limited to the party-hopping it hooks readers with a need to know whether Clay as the narrator is a hallucinating paranoid from too much alcohol and drugs or a stalked victim. The support cast, as seen through Clay's hazy lenses, enhances understanding of the lead protagonist. Although the plot deliberately turns cerebrally interpretively slow, fans, especially those of Less Than Zero, will appreciate Clay's return as he hops the Imperial bedrooms of Los Angeles.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 31, 2010

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

reminds me of 'the informers'

i love brett easton ellis. i wrote my dissertation on 'american psycho,' so...having finally seen him freed from delusions of didion-hood with 'lunar park,' 'imperial bedrooms' is a massive step backwards.

the worst part, having written some great "generation" novels...
i love brett easton ellis. i wrote my dissertation on 'american psycho,' so...having finally seen him freed from delusions of didion-hood with 'lunar park,' 'imperial bedrooms' is a massive step backwards.

the worst part, having written some great "generation" novels: 'less than zero,' 'american psycho,' 'glamorama,' 'imperial bedrooms' rings false. the characters and situations described, read as wildly insincere and, at best, representative of a world existing only in ellis' psyche (again, a world i am not dismissive of...'lunar park' is genius!!!!)

i hope ellis is not so focused on, how "brett easton ellis" relates to the writing, that he becomes inaccessible to others.

posted by compson on August 16, 2010

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    I am a girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    A must for fans

    Solid follow-up to the first nove. Ellis suck you in and leaves you wondering just who is really telling the story.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Really good read

    I decided go read this novel after I read Less Than Zero and loved it. This novel is definitely an adventure that will blow your mind after you have finished reading it. I would recommed this book to anyone but make sure you read Less Than Zero first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2010

    less then zero like writing

    I enjoyed this book, it was like less then zero but today. Ellis managed to make me feel the way I felt when I read Less then zero. A kind of satirical sad life. I suggest this book.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    A sequel as strong as (or stonger than) the original!

    While this is likely the shortest novel Ellis has written, Imperial Bedrooms holds a special place within the body of his work.
    This dark, constantly menacing novel is a sequel to his original hit novel, Less Than Zero. The narrator from the oringinal early 80's cult classic returns to narrate this story, explaining how an author he knew wrote a book about him in the past that became a movie. However, he makes it clear in the beginning and throughout the novel that his is NOT the clay we know from Less Than Zero. The "real" clay is something far more disturbing than the living void of a character we were expecting.
    Now approaching middle age, Clay has returned to LA to co-produce and co-write a movie adaptation of his novel, "The Listeners" (a clear parody of the Informers). He becomes involved with a beautiful but untalented actress who will do anything and everything with him for a supporting role in the film. As they play destructive games with one another, Clay becomes re-acquainted with Julian and Rip, old friends who have become entrenched with a dark underworld that could only exist in a place like Hollywood.
    While many of his novels have vague or invisible endings, this novel's ending is stark, powerful and more than a little frightening. For an author that specializes in disturbing content, this story more than lives up to the expectation. While reading Less Than Zero is essential, be sure to get that outof the way and pick up Imperial Bedrooms as soon as possible!

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