Beautiful You

Beautiful You

eBook - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
"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 a 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 of 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 to buy batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?

Baker & Taylor
Invited by notorious playboy C. Linus Maxwell to a Paris hotel, Manhattan legal associate Penny Harrigan discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of sex toys for women that will render men obsolete and make Maxwell the most powerful person in the world. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Doubleday, an imprint of Random House,, 2014
ISBN: 9780385681155
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Aug 15, 2017

This was a stupid book that was obviously written by a man who wants to jump on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon. There really was a good idea behind this book, but was taken in such a stupid direction with such silly things that happen, I wanted to stop reading it but I have to finish once I start. I wish I hadn't started it. The flying dildo rockets were the best part of the whole book. I rolled my eyes through the entire book.

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 17, 2016

This is a very odd book and has a very unique plot. Palahniuk sort of makes jabs at the romance novels dominating the world while also having his own take on it.

Mar 06, 2016

Known for his outlandish style, Beautiful You follows along this same pattern. Palahniuk weaves an intricate story of pleasure and control but, this time, it is beyond implausible. Sure, his stories often lack realism and are usually written with plenty of shock value, but this one fell flat feeling forced and as if it were trying too hard to be something unique. It is not his best.

Nov 14, 2015

Completely lame! Palahnuik is out of ideas for good fiction and is just trying to sell sexual titillation...but even that was ruined by repetitiveness. Completely ridiculous fantasy - dildos that become lethal rockets when ignited?? Glad I didn't buy it!

Jul 05, 2015

Don't waste your time on this one.

Jan 22, 2015

Wacky Chuck is at it again! You have had to read other Palahniuk to appreciate his talent. The book is dirty and funny, can't figure out if it is about corporations taking over the world or shameless plugging of designer cloths and products, but the more I think about it, it is all those things. As cane420 says" nobody does it like Palahniuk!" Hope this turns people on to his other books(pun intended)

Jan 19, 2015

This book may seem outlandish but that's only if you're decidedly not paying attention to what seems like an ever increasing push towards technology & science doing for you what you could do for yourself. Chuck incorporated what appears to be his own internal conflicts regarding corporatism, science for it's own selfish ends, and media as the impetus of American culture. He's spot on yet makes the story ridiculous enough at the end to allow the reader or powers that be, to feel like the books many previous visions are either far away or ultimately absurdist concoctions of a wiley author.

Nanobots invading bodies, cultural tastes dictated by a corporate entity, the quest for (ultimate) power which has little to do with getting even more money, science run amok...all this in the form of a little literary pill Chuck wrote using a candy colored coating of amusement & lecherous fun so that we either swallow it for the flitting enjoyment of it, or we choke a bit before we're eventually forced to gulp it down.

drphotog Jan 06, 2015

I felt like I was watching a John Waters movie. It was filthy, funny, yet unappealing. There were many scenes that should have been left out. I'm going to try this author again. I heard Invisible Monsters was a masterpiece.

cane420 Dec 23, 2014

No one does it like Palahniuk !!!

Nov 11, 2014

It was a vile, filthy, lurid, vivid tale of grotesque misogyny. It delved into the depths of mankind's depravity in commercialism and pleasure seeking. He satires the collision course we are all on in this mindless daze to gather more things to take us out of ourselves. He paints a dystopian picture in the near future with nanobots and a sexual oligarchy. Chuck Palahniuk is like Tom Robbins on a real bad acid trip. Simply put it was an awful piece of rubbish and I loved every second of it.

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