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Exquisite Corpse
Exquisite Corpse
Author: Poppy Z. Brite
To serial slayer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most intimate art. After feigning his own death to escape from prison, Compton makes his way to the United States with the sole ambition of bringing his "art" to new heights. Tortured by his own perverse desires, and drawn to possess and destroy young boys, Compton inadvertently joins forces...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684836270
ISBN-10: 0684836270
Publication Date: 8/20/1997
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 69 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 3
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Helpful Score: 4
One of the most macabre and disturbing books I have read in a very long time, had trouble putting it down.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a good novel, but ebon black is not dark enough to describe the mood. If you're in the mood for a depths of depravity look at humanity, this is the perfect book for it. It depressed and saddened me too much to finish it.
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Helpful Score: 2
I cannot express how much I found this book disturbing. I'm used to Poppy Z Brite writing about blood and sex, but this book takes a turn that the weak of stomach should not take. I had heard that she used what she thought serial killers much feel-Jeffrey Dahmer-how they must develop an uncontrollable desire to caress, smell, taste their victims entrails.
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The first Poppy Brite book I ever read...but definately not the last. This book was something I couldn't put down. I loved it! Brite has a twisted mind that has me searching for more and more unusaul things to read.
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This book was disturbing.... which is kinda what I was looking for. However, the solidly male cast of this story was not exactly what I was expecting.

The whole story was great, but there was just a few places where I was unsure weather I wanted to keep reading or not. I wouldn't read it again, and I hope that the rest of Poppy's books are a bit more gender-diverse or this would be a major downer since she is a fantastic author.
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This book is amazing. I have read it several times, and simply love it. Poppy has the ability to reach right into the serial killer mind, or the mind of most anyone for that matter, and show us what's inside.
This is a very dark, very morbid book. I would never recomend it to, well, to most people. It is very explicit, containing drug references and use, death, murder, extreme details about it all, homosexual sex descriptions, and likely some other things most people don't want to hear about. From hearing that, alot of people are turned off on the content, but it's the story that lies beneath here, and the way it's shown to us so uniquely and so clean. Like breakfast in bed... with a murderous phycopath.

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Jay Byrne (Primary Character)
Lucas Ransom (Primary Character)
Andrew Compton (Major Character)
Tran Vinh (Major Character)