"Sharp and entertaining . . . Beemer™ is a blisteringly funny satire on the acquisitive self, a welcome detour out of the mounting rubble of Terminators, Hulks and Living Histories into the dark heart of the American dream."—Chris Lehmann, Washington Post
"Gaslin’s scorching satire of consumerism hits like a mallet to the funny bone . . . A jolt of pure wicked fun."––Boston Herald
"Beemer™ is the genuine article; a novel of ideas and comedy . . . what you’d get if Thomas Pynchon and Mark Leyner had somehow been joined at the head." —St. Petersburg Times
"Giddy, gaudy, inventive, slapdash satire. Loads of fun, often over-the-top, yet in its way as simple and earnest as On the Road."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Gaslin is officially pledging the fraternity of J.G. Ballard and Chuck Palahniuk, and he’s certainly earning his letters . . . A blitzkrieg of sharp, unpredictable consumer satire."––Seattle Weekly
At twenty-five, living (and working) in your Honda Civic may seem like a dead end. But Beemer Minutia intends to make it very big very fast, turning his name into a cash magnet––a trademark splashed across billboards around the globe: Beemer™.
His four-wheeled home is parked in Orange County, Calif., where the constant sun casts an "exclusive preview" glow on the strange mallscape rising out of the desert around him. The taco stands look like food courts, the gas stations look like movie theaters, and the movie theaters look like small cities whose streets are paved with golden possibilities. "Goddammit," Beemer cries, "I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t live in a America."
Glenn Gaslin has worked in fast food and newspapers. This is his first novel. His journalism has appeared in Slate, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Southern California (where else?).
|Publisher:||Soho Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.55(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
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“Beemer (™)” by Glenn Gaslin, is a easy read, funny, solid, fictional book. The book is about Beemer on his quest to glory, or to shame. Beemer is a realist with independent ideas that is madly in love with his girlfriend Paul. He pictures his name on “Mountain Dew” cans and wants to be the next big thing. The main theme that I got out of the book was that hope is not the only key to success. I also got the message oh how ignorant some modern Americans can be. The best parts of the books are the humorous ones. The book is full of pop culture, and 80s and 90s references. The humor is sarcastic and witty and above the low standard of comedy books. The start and first 100 pages or so are a quick and easy to follow interesting story. Unfortunately the end of the book drags on and a lot of questions are left unanswered. The book tends to jump around a lot in the beginning, and the main problem is somewhat weak and doesn't have a great resolution. On the subject of dislikes, this book is not for everyone. the book contains concepts that should be okayed by a Parent. Some of the jokes can be racist or prejudice at times too. I do not recommend reading this book if you are offended easily, or offended by sex, Black, Jew, fat, Southern, Skater, Democratic, Republican, crippled jokes. The language is fairly strong too so keep that in mind. On the flip side, I recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick, easy read filled with a lot of good laughs, and maybe an eye opener and some good lessons. Over all I give the book a rating of eight out of ten, and the writing a rating of six out of ten. I personally have not read anything else like “Beemer (™)” so if you are in the mood for something new, definitely give this book a chance.
I love this book! It's a wild ride the whole way! Gaslin has crafted a well-written, highly imagined, and delightfully hilarious work of art that is a joy to read! It is a wonderful, wacky, and wild look at our modern day lives....!
Glenn Gaslin gets it perfect in this ode to American culture. You will not be disappointed in the style that this young, first-time novelist already has. This is a phenomenal, can't-put-it-down novel.