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on 26 July 2012
"Water from the Sun" and "Discovering Japan" are both excellent stories of burned out people abusing substances while slowly reaching the end of their tether and are great reads. However, both of these stories are included in Bret Easton Ellis' short story collection "The Informers" which is far better value for money as you get an entire book's worth of other fantastic stories as well.
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on 7 January 2012
Nobody writes like Easton Ellis. The way he writes, the minimalistic use of words and the bleak, disaffected tones about shallow, materialistic people who would come off as boring creations if they were drawn by anyone else's pen.
Contained here are two short stories. The first concerns a woman, recently broke up from her former lover and now hooked up with a much younger man who spends most of his time languishing in bed watching MTV. She's a newscaster, unsure of her feelings and emotional situation, chronically bored, circling the neighbourhood wasting time in expensive stores and fashionable restaurants.You might have sorrow for her but she is as instrumental in her downfall as anyone else.
The second story is about a rock star on tour in Japan. Waking up in a stupor night after night with partners he cares nothing about. Heavily into drugs, he is being led around by his manager because left to his own devices the rocker is self destructive, volatile and violent. There's a way of thinking that says this is the way his lifestyle should be, the paradise of the rock star, but he has no substance to his life. His son fears him , his career is in free-fall and even his friends are embarrassed by him. His is a sad tale. Also, you might recognize this tale if you have seen 'The Informers' film as this story is included in that film.
Both these stories are stark, dark and apathetic. The characters despicable but fascinating and it's all brilliantly and poetically written in Easton Ellis' trademark style. A definite buy.
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on 21 June 2013
I have to agree with another reviewer. I bought this thinking it may be two short stories that Ellis wrote exclusively for the Kindle. As I was reading through, the text seemed familiar in parts and I thought it could be from Ellis' short-story collection, The Informers. Needless to say, another reviewer on Amazon and Wikipedia all but confirmed this.

The stories themselves are what you come to expect from Ellis. They are short, well-disciplined vignettes that would be familiar to an Ellis fan or a good introduction for those less fortunate. It is for this reason I have given the product three stars.

However, I would implore anyone to first look at The Informers, which includes more short stories and probably works out better value-for-money.
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on 2 February 2013
Displaying both his advanced, detailed minimalistic style and scathing, dark wit these two short stories are must-reads for any Ellis fan. They flow like any Ellis novel in a jumpy, stop-start way but are both much easier to get through then the heavy American Psycho, Glamorama and Imperial Bedrooms. They reflect his latest work Lunar Park in their deliberate blunt simplicity but are also an homage to Less Than Zero in their style which has something of the earlier Ellis about it. Whether you are a huge fan or a new reader, Water From The Sun and Discovering Japan will please you and give you a little taste of the brilliance of Bret.
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on 25 January 2014
B.E.E is a master of the throwaway sentence. A consummate, timeless poet. These stories are superfresh and could have been written yesterday but are simultaneously deeply evocative of the peculiarly tense and vacuous Eighties.
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on 11 March 2015
Usual Ellis treat !
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