This book is awesome, but I found the beginning hard to get into, mainly because of the excessive (and I really mean excessive) explanation of the characters that our protagonist Patrick Bateman comes into contact with. But after this initial period, the descriptions die down a little, and start to actual get on with the story. I personally really enjoyed the film, and I am ashamed to say that I read this from the strength of the film and a recommendation by a friend. The violence and general grotesque sections to this book will not be to everyone's taste, and to be honest if it is to someone's taste they should probably be put in a mental institute for many years to come. Don't take it too seriously as it is black comedy at perhaps the darkest level imaginable but I thoroughly recommend it.