Burned out private dick Michael McGill needs to jump start his career What he gets instead is a cattle prod to the crotch The president s heroin addicted chief of staff wants McGill to find the Constitution the real one the Founding Fathers secretly devised for the time of gravest crisis And with God, civility, and Mom s homemade apple pie already dead or dying, that tiBurned out private dick Michael McGill needs to jump start his career What he gets instead is a cattle prod to the crotch The president s heroin addicted chief of staff wants McGill to find the Constitution the real one the Founding Fathers secretly devised for the time of gravest crisis And with God, civility, and Mom s homemade apple pie already dead or dying, that time is now But McGill has a talent for stumbling into every imaginable depravity and this case is driving him even deeper into America s darkest, dankest underbelly, toward obscenities that boggle even his mind.
Crooked Little Vein A Novel Burned out private dick Michael McGill needs to jump start his career What he gets instead is a cattle prod to the crotch The president s heroin addicted chief of staff wants McGill to find the Consti
Faint hearts and the offendable might just want to sit this one out the book, mind you, not this review Acclaimed comics writer Warren Ellis cranks up the ick factor to about 11 and delivers a hysterical noir, mystery travelogue through the oddest, most depraved nooks and crannies of the American psyche It is dark, twisted and no holds barredd it is also very, VERY funny To give you a sample of the agenda items Ellis uses in his carnival of oddballities, you will will find A group of Godzilla bu [...]
and shit and shitting and porn and godzilla and bukkake and godzilla bukkake and saline injected testicles and shit and rats and dirt and grubby porn theatres and shit and tantric ostrich sex and date rape drugs and tantric ostrich sex via date rape drugs and shit and shitting and and and and andforgive me, it s all a little tiringis is a bizarro private detective novel concerning a missing alternate version of the U.S constitution, filtered through sleazy grindhouse movies and William S Burroug [...]
Wow, was this book disappointing What should have been Ellis s introduction to the print world became a collection of hey guys look at this crazy shit I found on the internet and posted on my blog already, strung together by the thinnest of narratives There are occasional sentences that smack of the author s way with words, but it s hardly worth the trudge through the rest of the book.
Well, this is just all kinds of messed up Mike McGill is a private detective with bizarre luck that has him constantly getting mixed up in things he d rather not know about like guys who have sex with ostriches The creepy and corrupt White House chief of staff wants to use Mike s tendency to be a shit magnet to help him track down a book that contains the Secret Constitution of the United States that the administration will use to stop all the weirdness that has been going on since Nixon gave th [...]
Mike McGill is a self professed shit magnet and as an independent private investigator, he s brought some bizzare work by some even stranger clientele However, nothing holds a candle to the job he s been hired for by the president s heroin addicted chief of staff Tasked with tracking down a secret second constitution, Mike is about to push his sanity to its absolute breaking point to a place he may never return from.If watching a copy of Godzilla spliced with audio from a porno seems like your t [...]
Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Book Report How bad can a day get Mike McGill can tell you, and he d be right But he doesn t know exactly how bad a day can be until the White House Chief of Staff bear in mind the book came out in 2007, adjust your mental compass, and go from there walks into his office with a deal he can t refuse.Hey, after waking up naked in your office chair with a rat pissing in your coffee mug, why would anyone refuse any deal So Mike gets a half million dollars in expense money, a ha [...]
Warren Ellis reads the Internet, and if I didn t read the Internet I could learn a lot about the perverse side of society by reading this book Unfortunately, I do read the Internet, so it s not really news And then there s the point at which a bunch of people tell the protagonist he needs to shut up and participate in their particular kink or they won t give him the information they need This is not depicted as a negative thing, oddly Isn t there a word for that
Rarely do I pay attention to cover blurbs on books However, one of the blurbs on the back cover of this book reads Warren Ellis writes like a bipolar Raymond Chandler Wow, count me inOne of my friends refers to books like this as literary Skittles which means that it is a really fun read that contains little to no literary edification.Mike McGill is a down on his luck, small time private eye who gets roped into searching for a lost copy of the US Constitution The Macguffin is in fact a secret co [...]
Down and out detective Michael McGill gets hired by a shady government type to find the Constituition The real Constituition McGill s case takes him deeper and deeper into a bizarre subculture of sex and drugs Can he find the Constituition AND maintain his sanity I bought this in an airport a few years ago and devoured it on a three hour flight I was a big fan of Ellis s after reading the Transmetropolitan comic for a couple years and wanted to see what he could do with a novel.Ellis surprised t [...]
Boy, where do I start with this one First off, let me warn those who find certain fetishes, or sexual behaviors, to be weird or disturbing, that this novel may bother you greatly However, it also may change how you view weird sexuality It s not that this book is only about sex It s not It s just mostly about sex What people find pleasurable in a sexual context varies wildly here We see everything from Godzilla porn, to saline injections into the testicles and labia, to STD Russian roulette, to l [...]
My full review of this book is much longer than GoodReads word count limitations Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter All hail Warren Ellis Er, don t smack me for saying that, Mr Ellis For that s a big reason why so many people so passionately love this weird author, gonzo blogger and comics veteran because he takes no sh t, rarely grants interviews, calls people to the carpet in public when they re in the wrong, and will pursue fights with both [...]
A REVIEW IN THE FORM OF A LIST OF BRITISHISMS IN WARREN ELLIS S CROOKED LITTLE VEIN Page 3 Called instead of named This, page 3, is when I thought to myself, Oh maybe the author is British and did a quick google to confirm Silly Warren Ellis, I thought, Here in America we say people are NAMED Bob, not CALLED Bob Little did I know what I was in for Page 7 Drink problem instead of drinking problem Page 21 At Thanksgiving instead of on Thanksgiving Page 26 Neckbits Ah here begins the deluge of bits [...]
Michael McGill, is a former Pinkerton detective, now burned out and trying to jump start his career as a self employed PI A self described shit magnet he has a strange ability to wind up in the weirdest situations whether related to a current case or not Hired by the corrupt White House Chief of Staff to find the second secret US Constitution, McGill finds himself on this unusual scavenger hunt across America He is joined by a college student, Trix, who is writing a thesis on sexual fetishes as [...]
In the interest of full disclosure, I listened to this as an Audiobook I usually don t do that on my first read through of a book Simply said, I really enjoyed this book, as I tend to enjoy most of Ellis work It has his familiar irreverent humor, and the clever sharp edged social satire that I ve come to love from him Fair warning Ellis is not for everyone If you are the sort of person who is offended at frank and open discussions of alternative sexuality, this probably isn t for you.
Hard boiled, down on his luck, borderline alcoholic chain smoking detective meets young, promiscuous female ambassador of Lower East Side counterculture Adventure and rancid dick jokes inevitably ensue.I love Ellis Love the man He s a mix of Thompson with animus and Vonnegut without that pesky undercurrent of charming humanism That said, this novel will not for a second surprise anyone familiar with his work Crooked Little Vein has a well fueled plot engine, scenes that could only spring from a [...]
I m still not sure why I read this Probably because I really enjoy a lot of the comics he s behind Hellblazer is one of my favorite series, Planetary and The Authority were well done, and Global Frequency was great if disappointingly short lived There s a lot I don t like about his comic book work, too it s over the top, immature, kind of misogynist and pretty egoistical As it turned out, I disliked Crooked Little Vein for the same reasons Purple prose, one dimensional characters masquerading as [...]
like a really horrible, pretentious attempt at a Penny Dreadful trying to be sick and weird for the sake of being sick and weird any point lesson was blatant and repeated shoved down throat painful to read
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Un detective venido a menos, sin suerte ni clientes es visitado por el jefe de gabinete de la casa blanca y es encargado para recuperar un libro que resulta ser una segunda constituci n antigua que podr a cambiar el rumbo de la historia estadounidense El encargo es super secreto pero el protagonista no hace m s que contarle a cada personaje que se cruza de que va su odisea El libro es divertido y como toda aventura detectivesca hay que ceder ante hechos fortuitos casi irreales Lo mejor es el pri [...]
The I think about this book, the I hate it.The back of the book promised that our hero would be traveling through America s underbelly to restore God, civility, and Mom s apple pie A back like that promises substance and satire.Instead, this book was our intrepid hero running into different groups of people with bizarre fetishes Ellis s idea of black comedy comes from having characters nonchalantly discuss their bizarre fetishes, which is funny, you see, because fetishes exist It was extremely [...]
Hell of a book Very offensive to some Not to me I was highly entertained by the violence and sexual bizarreness that is on every page of this book I read it in two sittings with some time off for sleep.It was funny and sickening at the same time I look forward to from this author Not recommended for everyone If you like Palahniuk or Bukowski then COME ON DOWN and read this right now.
It s not that it isn t well written or interesting I mean, it s ok I m a pretty crass and vulgar and somewhat disgusting person However even I have my limits and it wasn t the alternative sex choices It was the whole thing I just didn t see the point Especially why it had to be so foul And if I say that it It is its own special kind of foul.
Crooked Little Vein is without a doubt the weirdest book I ve ever read, and easily among the most fun and disturbing The back cover, filled with reviews from other authors, is enough to dare anyone to read it I think this book ate my soul , confessed Joss Whedon Buffy the Vampire Slayer series creator , and William Gibson, author of Spooked Country gave of a plea than a review Stop it You re frightening me What makes Crooked Little Vein so odd is that it centers around normalized debauchery in [...]
AKA Hey Kids, Check Out Uncle Warren s Browser History AKA When In Doubt Have A Man Come Through The DoorAKA The MacGuffin Is My Butt Seven years old and already dated But for the cutting 9 11 references it reads Clinton era, at times painfully so.The characters are crayon sketches, the noir narration desperate and the plot threadbare while Ellis satirical efforts extend to some sick burns on the religious right and uh, talk radio Nothing in this book is going to shock anyone who uses a computer [...]
I wanted to put this down from the start Stop reading, you don t need to hear this absurd filth I told myself, but luckily I ignored the angel on the right for the devil on the left The plot was intriguing even if some of the subject matter was crude and borderline offensive But by the end, I realized this read like a graphic novel Like my favorite series ever, Transmetropolitan, Crooked Little Vein was a graphic novel in text format, blurring the lines of reality with what makes visually stunni [...]
In the words of Becky from Clerks 2, I m disgusted and repulsed andd I can t look away Private Investigator Mike McGill has some of the worst luck imaginable Every case he gets leads to him discovering something new about America s fucked up underbelly When the Chief of Staff comes into his office and offers him half a million dollars to use his shit magnetism to track down the lost book of the Constitution in an attempt to reform the morals of America, Mike reluctantly agrees With the help of a [...]
This book was justdistasteful It was supposed to be a mystery, right I mean, the protagonist is a private detective He got a case He had to go find something He was hot on the trail But how Did the godzilla bukkake distract me from the clues that led him to saline in his balls And his love interest Pfffft The Roanokes Chatting up a serial killer on an airplane and getting drunk in the midst of it How believable is that, anyway If I were a PI, and some guy just admitted to me that he kills people [...]
Five years ago when Crooked Little Vein came out the internet was abuzz with folks tripping over themselves in order to praise Warren Ellis for his edginess and audacity Those people were idiotsV is written as one man s trip through a freakshow nightmare, but behind every page you can see Ellis working hard to mock a version of America he s developed by reading combinations of internet fetish sites, the collected works of Hunter S Thompson, and letters of adulation from his fans The plot makes l [...]
Crooked Little Vein is a horribly written book that I dare say succeeds in spite of itself A flawed, but nonetheless entertaining story told through amateurish prose And let me be clear the story is not good it is simply entertainingbut entertaining enough to work I don t know how to effectively describe Crooked Little Vein in a way that gives equal weight to the poor quality of the writing, the mediocrity of the story from a literary standpoint and the entertainment value of the story from a ca [...]
I found out about A Crooked Little Vain in my Library s Book Club and loved it so much I just had to buy it Warren Ellis does a fine job in this fast reading book I am a fan of the old hard boiled detective novels of the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett and of these types of Film Noir In Crooked Little Vain you see a hint of these down on their luck detectives in Michael McGill PI.This book can also offend the sensitivities of many in these politically correct times Crooked Little [...]