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Crooked Little Vein: A Novel by [Ellis, Warren]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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“A heart-shredding work of scatological brilliance that gleefully annihilates private-eye tropes and pole-vaults over taste lines.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“[A] brilliantly nasty and weird detective novel.” (Entertainment Weekly, EW 100 Pick)

“[C]ompletely compulsive, impossible to put down.” (Globe and Mail (Toronto))

“CROOKED LITTLE VEIN...is a book readers will not soon forget.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Not for the faint of heart...surprisingly funny (with shades of Lamb author Christopher Moore).” (Entertainment Weekly)

“[M]ay be destined to become one of the great underground classics of the 21st century.” (Lansing State Journal)

“A relentlessly fascinating page-turner...brilliantly and effervescently subversive.” (The Gazette (Montreal))

“Ellis is a formidable talent whose wit and insight fit perfectly into the crime genre.” (Los Angeles Times)

“[A] much-needed kick in the butt for a genre that may be more stagnant than its enthusiasts realize.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Packed with exciting, hilarious, and disturbing events...outrageously entertaining.” (Winnipeg Free Press)

“So funny you may just laugh out loud.” (Toronto Star)

“If you’re looking for an antidote to the stifling formulae of genre fiction, this could be your book.” (New York magazine)

“Get ready for a wonderful kick in the teeth that’ll make you lick your bloody lip with masochistic joy. ” (Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of THE BOOK OF FATE and writer of The Justice League series)

“Stop it. You’re frightening me.” (William Gibson, author of Spook Country)

“[L]augh-out-loud funny...a deeply inventive look at the undercurrents beneath the mainstream popular culture.” (Charlotte Observer)

“Funny, inventive and blithely appalling, this book is Dante on paint fumes.” (Joss Whedon, creator, writer and director of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series)

“[S]omewhere between the noir of Frank Miller and dark comedy of Chuck Palahniuk.” (Forbes.com)

“A high-energy joyride.” (Library Journal)

“CROOKED LITTLE VEIN is a gem of a book -- angry, hilarious, and just plain weird...compulsively so.” (Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling co-author of HUNTERS OF DUNE)

“Warren Ellis writes like a bi-polar Raymond Chandler.” (Kinky Friedman, author of Ten Little Indians)

“There’s at least one surprise, laugh, and genius turn of phrase per page here. ” (Myspace Books)

“Think Kurt Vonnegut having tea with William Burroughs and a bipolar Raymond Chandler...Ellis takes your breath away.” (Madison County Herald (Mississippi))

“[A] snappily paced homage to William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[A] fast-paced and funny read...unforgettable.” (Boise Weekly)

“CROOKED LITTLE VEIN is a wild, rambling, funny look at the dark alleys of the American sexual landscape.” (Neal Bohl for Crimespree)

“Rich, dark humor and biting look at the world.” (PopMatters.com)

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"[M]ay be destined to become one of the great underground classics of the 21st century."--Lansing State Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000U913LQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is weird and bizarre, with something in it to offend everyone (except a very broad minded friend who claimed to have no problems with any of it. hmmm). It's very funny and I learned quite a bit, which made me laugh a lot, too. Some of the things which happen to poor McGill......! This is at least the third copy of the book I've bought, because whenever I lend it to someone I never get it back.
I do recommend it, but it's not for the easily offended. Or even the moderately open minded....
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By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2007
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Warren Ellis is best know for his comics work, but he has finally managed to produce his first novel. The story centres around a private detective, Mike McGill, who is hired by the US Government to find the "other" Constitution of the United States of America - this contitution is a mystical document capable of resetting the morality of anyone who hears it being read to that of the founding fathers.

So Mike gets hired, he then has to trawl the sexual underground of the US to follow the trail that this document has left in its wake. If you have followed Warrenellis.com (or diepunyhumas.com prior to that) then you know where Warren's reseach interests lie. Expect to see lots of things from modblog (a body modification blog), dark sexual undercurrents and Godzilla Bukkake!!! All of this makes the book sound completely dark, but it is the most insanely funny wok of fiction I have read this year - my wife did ask what was so funny about it, but I didn't have the heart to tell her about the saline testicle injections (remember ignorance is bliss).

It is superb - 10/10
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An excellent, albeit short, novel as Mike McGill is tasked by the White House to find a secret constitution whiste supernatural powers.
Genuinely funny, it reads much like a Graphic Novel without p[ictures. It reminds me very much of Preacher by Garth Ennis. Journeying from city to city and state to state, McGill encounters depraved elements wherever he goes. Deviants, junkies and the nicest serial killer in the world all make an appearance in a road trip which encourages you not to make assumptions about others - nor to take them for granted.

As another reviewer has said, it didn't particularly shock me - probably saying more about me than anything - although there certainly is scope for that to occur.

Well wriiten, with brief yet incredibly real characters, I highly recommend it!
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Down on his luck Private Investigator Mcgill gets handed the job of a lifetime by an influential client that takes him down the Rabbithole to the underbelly of Society in a surreal strange and twisted adventure, at stake, the very essence of the world we live in.
Even though the story initially seems to be built around subjects and characters that are designed purely for their shock value, and a teenage scatalogical sense of humour that pokes easy fun at the Chandleresque Hard-Boiled PI novels, this is in fact a well written story, that has some real weight and questions the prevalent idea of Normalcy.
I very quickly grew to love the main characters. A fast-paced clever funny and exciting thrill ride that, once I had put my prejudices to one side, thoroughly enjoyed.
3.5/5
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This gem of a little book is filthy and weird and hilarious. Big parts of it read like a standard noir detective story with the downbeat PI being forced to take a job he does not want. However, the job our PI takes is to recover the alternative (and maybe magic) constitution of the United States and all the people that he meets along the way are all perverts and degenerates.

There is quite a sweet little love story winding through the book and some great characters but a couple of scenes in particular stick in the mind. As a couple of other reviewers have mentioned one involved Godzilla films and the other involves saline injections. Both had me reading out bits of the book to friends. I would very heartily recommend it.
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Not quite as depraved as some reviews would have you believe, unless I have become a little jaded by exposure to the Internet. Which I suppose is the exact point the book is trying to make.
Genuinely funny tale from start to finish featuring a burnt out P.I. a love story, conspiracies, reptile love, saline infused ball bags, a bizarre plot and a background of depraved sickos.
It is funny, honest.
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Ellis has a sick and twisted imagination! This book is good fun as long as you aren't easily offended or squeamish - there's a lot of bodily fluids flying about at times and some unusual perversions explored. Lots of laughs, if you share Ellis' sense of humour!
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Having read Fell(W.Ellis comic) I decided to pick this up too and was not disappointed. Its quite visual and to the point. Very funny. I read the first page out to my flatmates and they were hooked too.

It is a pretty grim book but the impact is dark and interesting ...and funny as hell. I very much enjoyed the darkness and the comedy. If you are a literature student (like me) there will be pages you re-read mistaking a grim reality for a flowery metaphor. Thank god its not. I love flowers but sometimes a girl needs rust.

Think he has a new book out next year. Can't wait.
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