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  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / General (May 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060173092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060173098
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #799,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam I Am on June 8 2002
Format: Paperback
A charismatic Brit and his entourage of overeducated dropouts take over a piano factory in Oakland, intending to squat there and throw the most massive raves the Bay Area has ever seen. But, as their project progresses, they find the mix of their idealistic youthful hormones and the hard drugs they gobble up like Captain Crunch has turned their enterprise into a paranoid schizophrenic cult called Ecstasy Club bent on time travel and transcendence. Things get weird when they actually succeed. But all is not well in Nirvana. Rushkoff manages to hard-wire a psychotically charged volume that connects all the pop-culture dots, like conspiracy theories, aliens, and MTV. The ironic distance of the narrator seems malleable, like physical distance on too much acid. Ecstasy Club seems to turn its own pages.
(this review got accidentally posted to another Rushkoff book)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jody Schiesser on July 18 2001
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I really enjoyed this book, even with the small little snags here and there, the slowness at the beginning, and Zach's doubt which was annoying sometimes (at least the doubt of himself - I'm not sure how real it was). But the ideas were great fun, it was neat to see how the author Douglas Rushkoff blended ideas of psychedelic science and quantum physics and fictionalized versions of psychedelic celebrities (like versions of John Lilly and Terence McKenna) and included morphonic resonance and meme warefare and the idea that there really isn't good and evil just a want for other. These are all ideas I've either run across or thought about. I enjoyed seeing them played with in a story. I thought the ending rocked, and all the little tidbits of what's real and what isn't. And how consensual reality is manipulated, or can be. The CIA experiments were a lot like the ones they said the Cosmotologists (Scientologists-a play on them, huh?) and the gov't did on psychics with ... in the 50s-60s.
Sure, a lot of the book is also pop psychology and pop psychedelica, but it was fun reading. And the rave ideology was interesting, even though I'm not certain the energy should be attempted to be directed, I like the idea of it coalescing much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11 2000
Format: Paperback
Well, you have to notice that people either love or hate this book. That means it generated a strong emotional response either way, which for an author, is always a goal. I simply loved it. If you read through expecting all of it to be realistic, you'll be disappointed. If you read through expecting a wild romp with some unforgettable scenes describing the philosophy of the 90's "rave culture" - you'll enjoy yourself quite a bit. Keep in mind that the book is narrated from a perspective of a person who is rather heavily drugged most of the time - I think the people who state that it is not 'believable' are missing the point completely. This book was a page turner that kept me up all night until I read it, start to finish. Simply an incredible piece of work, and I would urge any open minded people to give it a chance. The writing style is crisp and easy to follow, making it an even more enjoyable read. One of the best books I've picked up in weeks. Five stars, all the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 31 1999
Format: Paperback
Rushkoff gives us the story of a group of counter-culture obsessives, trying to expand the consciousness of the entire world through drugs, techno music, and the cyberworld. While the characters take themselves completely seriously, the novel itself is a wonderful satire on the lengths people will go to simply to feed their egos, or simply to fit in. Well worth the read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FateJacketX on March 6 2004
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i was one of those guys who wanted to play with things that were harmful to me when i was a kid, but never got around to it. once i grew up a little, i became one of those guys who wanted to go to rave parties, but i was too busy NOT going. in my recent resurgence of curiousity, i figured i would pick up the ecstacy club and have a look. what i found was a very interesting depiction of sex, drugs, trance, rave parties, orgies, squatting and tons of acts of stupidity on the parts of various nicely fleshed out characters.
i dont remember the main character's name, but he's the smartest one out of a group of drug addled twenty-somethings who want to transcend the mortal plane though drugs and parties...and make a bunch of money along the way hosting these parties. there is a character named duncan who THINKS he's the smartest one in the group, so naturally he becomes the arrogant "cult" leader.
the main character just wants two things - to leave this life behind and to make duncan's girlfriend lauren his own. and this is the struggle until more obstacles come up out of nowhere to threaten our players.
i liked the story though i had no idea where it was going somewhere after midway through. new challenges arise as new characters are introduced and it just seemed for a while there that there was no end in sight until a particularly far-fetched final act checks in. it could all have been a believable story if not for the last fifty pages or so. check it out if you are bored of salinger and hemingway.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Brisson on Sept. 10 2003
Format: Paperback
A roller coaster ride through drugs, future concepts, morality, and cults. I loved the odd mix of characters and the piano factory setting. I never knew about the "rave scene" until reading this book.
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