In her blazingly original and unforgettable debut novel "Any Man", Amber Tamblyn brings to startling life a specter of sexual violence in the shadowy form of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men.In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home the place doesnt matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly...
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Any Man Reviews
What a wonderfully written novel and so real.
Any Man is not for the one’s who may find the topic of rape to be a little more sensitive than normal for them.
A woman seeking Any Man to rape, to play with and thus leaving those victims to be haunted. Having to work through the fact that they, a man, has been raped in a society where most people think men can’t be raped.
Amber Tamblyn uses a mix of poetry, novelization based writing and even uses social media based chat to seamlessly create this we ...more
Amber’s background in poetry is a real benefit to the way this story is told - very effective, very creepy in some spots, sad in others. I think the overall message of this story is really important.
I was on the fence about this before I started, and didn’t find the powerful exploration of rape narrative that others found here. Ultimately this feels overwritten and still undercooked, lots of ideas but little coherence, which led to the premise feeling like an unearned gimmick - and when that gimmick is gender flipped sexual violence, it falls especially flat.
This book is a nightmare, truly. It is a quick read but not an easy one. It is a hard look in the mirror for all of us, even those most outspoken about the issues surrounding sexual assault and rape culture. Just a word of warning - this book does elicit a pretty strong physical and emotional response, which I consider a testament to Tamblyn’s prose.
Apparently this book is a page-turner. Despite having a family and a full-time job, I read it in 2 days.
I struggled through the first few pages, but once Tamblyn introduces Maude's second victim I couldn't put the book down. I read it in just a few hours and was entranced. It was interesting how she flipped the narrative -- made the victims men, the rapist a woman. And instead of following Maude and her actions, we follow the victims and their reactions.
This was so well written and I don't know why I'm shocked about it. Amber Tamblyn of course has her finger on the pulse of this issue and is so goddamn in tune with exactly what's going on that this reads like real life. It's shocking but not more than it should be. It's hilarious despite its content and driving story. Amber paints 5 or 6 colorful characters but then goes a step further and somehow paints more. She gets people and makes them exactly different in the ways they should be. Wrong in ...more
A couple things upfront:
-The book is around 47,000 words long, making it barely pass the bar into "novel" territory over "novella". Knowing this helped me get into the book.
-Tamblyn is a poet, and she lets the prose slip into poetry at will as the narrators discuss their experiences. I don't have much use for it, because it makes the narrators seem to share the same brain and same ability to self-describe, but it's easy to glide through those passages and they are few in number.
Tamblyn's book is ...more