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Wasted [Paperback]

Aiden Shaw
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Book Description

4 Jun 2009
Adult film star Aiden Shaw follows up his bestselling memoir, "My Undoing", with a no-holds-barred novel about sexual excess. Primarily located in the hedonistic London clubs so vividly characterized in his previous novel "Brutal", and reintroducing David, Joe, Ryan and the disturbed Flora, from "Boundaries", this is a far more rounded and intense piece of work. It is a vast panoramic view of a world of which some may disapprove, but by which most are fascinated.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786720794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786720798
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aiden Shaw would make a great radio writer. His new novel Wasted displays all the virtues and drawbacks of that fact. The story of a couple, Joe and David, their nephew, his girlfriend and the former girlfriend of David, Flora, Wasted is about lives lived amid a cascade of pills, powder and liquids. But this isn't some Irvine Welsh-style panorama of drug-addled urban dystopia. Every page is sequinned with camp wit and the incessant dialogue flashes and glitters. When Shaw tries his hand at prose, he's less successful. Don't look here for inventive description or vivid characterisation. It's the zinging speech that makes the book.

There's not much plot, although there is a subtext of redemption from dizzy debauchery through the creation of artworks--a possible biographical note being sounded by Shaw. He has, after all, metamorphosed himself from being Britain's best known porn-star into good-looking novelist. So good looking in fact, that not only does the standard author-mugshot adorn the back cover, but he's on the front cover as well.

If you want a few hundred pages of witty banter about love lives worked out in every possible combination, and fuelled by every imaginable drug, Wasted does nicely. --Alistair Pegg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Aiden Shaw, adult film superstar, is the author of the bestselling memoir, My Undoing, as well as three novels. He is also the lead singer of the rock band Whatever. He has appeared in more than 50 films and has won numerous awards for his work. He divides his time between London and New York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating return for Aiden, bravo! 29 Aug 2001
"Wasted" is a classic for Aiden fans as it not only allows aspects of his life and personality shine through all the delightful descriptive techniques, but enthralls the reader to obtain the other novels by Mr.Shaw. "Brutal" is a book that keeps your mind riddled with thoughts about the characters for long afterwards and this is also a happy repeat in "wasted". A fascinating story that thankfully matches his high poetry standards;-).
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2.0 out of 5 stars No plot, Almost no character development 11 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Who needs a plot? Well I do. The reader jumps right into the story and. The story itself is written like novel but feels more like a third person view diary, I felt detached from characters, even when they died, it felt like bad TV drama. If you're looking for a good story I suggest looking somewhere else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars rather a let down 29 Jun 2011
By cartoon
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Having loved both Brutal and My undoing I was very excited when this book slid through my letter box . What a let down . It was really rather boring. The characters talked in an unpleasant and often cardboard way . Any excitement and plot was rushed over as if it was a first draft rather than a finished novel [more flesh on these bones please ] . And although the clubby druggy details were at first fun they soon became dull . Like being in a room of people who are wasted / stoned etc and you are the only sober one there . There could have been a good book here , but I think it needed 2 or 3 rewrites .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Share another beings' mind for a while! 19 Oct 2006
By M. van der Walt - Published on Amazon.com
If you would like to go somewhere that offers you essentially nothing, yet stimulates your deeper and sometimes darker side read this book! In fact read all of his work, he is honest about his life even the dangerous longings or needs that we conveniently ignore. I am currently reading Boundaries and once again the created beings entertain superbly!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted 19 Sep 2009
By Joshua J - Published on Amazon.com
Do not waste your time. This book is horrible, has not plot, and lacks all forms of entertaining writing. I found myself lost at times reading this, as the editing was as poor as the story. It speaks mostly of drugs, but fails to articulate the experiences that are going through the characters minds whilst enduring their hits of ecstasy. The story has far too much dialog between characters conversing in sentence fragments that have no importance to the actual story. It's almost as if the writer and editors were wasted when they worked on this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought Aiden Shaw doesnt know how to write 21 Feb 2013
By Juan Ming - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought Aiden Shaw coulndt write or doesnt know how to write but this book had been beautifully written , and even though some of the content of the book in fact a reflection of himself but still it is up to the reader's own interpretation about this book.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars blah 24 Mar 2006
By tara - Published on Amazon.com
I picked this book up to read for a paper in my contemporary literature class. It worked out well for the paper, but the book itself sucks. There really is no plot. The entire book consists of going to "Tragic" (night club), getting high, and having sex. Towards the end of the book Shaw (I think) tries to put an element of mystery into the story with the whole black cab thing but... too little too late??? I dunno...

If you want some sort of gay romance novel and just want something the get you excited, this is the book. If you are looking to be entertained with a good story line... look elsewhere!!!!!!!
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