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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  461 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
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 sexu
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Harper Perennial
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When I was in my twenties I was attacked, assaulted, groped.

I don't know what word to really use for it.

I was on a bus that was full of people. The subway was broken down and I had to stand. I was facing the windows and leaning over some old woman who wasn't making eye contact because you don't do that on NYC public transportation if you can help it. I didn't see his face. At first I just assumed it was because there were so many people. The trains and the buses get super crowded, especially in
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unlike anything I’ve ever read!!! It was macabre, twisted and so unique. It’s not for the faint of heart. I loved the writing style, at one point I forgot this was fiction, needless to say I was very impressed with Amber Tamblyn.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

You ever start reading a book and know immediately that it was going to be something different than what you've ever read before? That you know you're going to get gut punched and deepen that line between your eyes from the intense face you make as you turn each page? Yeah, that's what happened here.

Amber Tamblyn uses a variety of writing styles here to bring you a story that's not about the victimizer, but about the victims. She takes us deep into their minds in the aftermath of their horrible
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I’ll never read again. It took all the feelings of guilt and shame of being a survivor of sexual assault into words that I hadn’t been able to find myself. It was insanely triggering. I broke down numerous times. But that’s ok, because the journey I went on was like a cleansing fire. I suffered and so did these characters, and Tamblyn shows the very difficult task of trying to move past the stereotype of being a man who was raped. I can’t thank the author enough of this ama ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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6 out of 5.

I read and loved Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler a few years ago, and I was excited to see what would happen when she turned her attentions to full-length prose. ANY MAN does not disappoint.

Fair warning: this book is fucking brutal. If you have a penis, you're going to squirm. And that's kind of the point. Tamblyn takes the potentially-cringeworthy concept of a female rapist raping men and makes it potent because it doesn't so much focus on the perp as it does the victims. The survivors. Th
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Wow—talk about intense! The audiobook version of this is unbelievably well put together. I’m still reeling from getting to the end. It’s short but it packs a hell of a punch.
Melissa Rochelle
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to Harper Perennial for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

I'll start out by saying that this is a very intense read. This will not be for everyone because it depicts the physical, mental, and emotional aftermath of rape and sexual assault. ANY MAN by Amber Tamblyn is one that I definitely won't be forgetting any time soon, and not just because of the topic. Her writing style is so unique and original, while it did take a chapter or two to get used to, I absolutely lo
Jourdain Searles
It lacked insight. It felt... false. Snapshots, monologues, obvious social commentary and no real story. And it obscures the rapist. It turns the rapist into an almost cosmic figure. A ghost. To juxtapose the over-the-top nature of this rapist with realistic stories of trauma and survival... well, it doesn't quite work. The book felt more like a social media commentary and pop culture than a novel. Every character felt like a symbol. No one felt real, no matter how much they monologued. We rarel ...more
Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
*thank you to the publisher for the free review copy. This review is all mine*

Tamblyn flipped some roles on their heads while simultaneously covering incredibly important aspects of rape culture, survivor and victim blaming, and more in this powerhouse of a novel. Comes with some definite trigger warnings.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Searing Indictment of Rape Culture

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for rape, including the rape of children and nonhuman animals, as well as victim blaming, transphobia, suicide, PTSD, anorexia, self-injury, and more.)

It’s a pain ... it’s a cellular pain now, okay? It’s not a memory, it lives in me like a heart.

Ten years ago, I was having a beer with a friend after work and a few hours later, I was violently assaulted and left for dead be
Olga Lukinskaya
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, english, fiction
До дрожи, до слёз, эта книга очень #metoo и #янебоюсьсказать
Очень страшно за своего ребёнка. Как же ему объяснить всё, как защитить его от всего.
Chey H
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this book is a page-turner. Despite having a family and a full-time job, I read it in 2 days.
Bert Zee
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FUCK!! I’m speechless.

Actually no I’m not speechless, what Amber Tamblyn has done with this book is stunning.

A WOMAN writing a book about MEN who have been raped by a WOMAN, tough material for sure but Amber has nailed it. This is sure to be a controversial book, some people are upset about it because they think the story of a female serial rapist raping men somehow takes the attention away from women being raped, it doesn’t, it just shows that sexual assault knows no gender.

There’s a very popul
Samantha Price
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I asked myself if I had deserved this. I convinced myself that I did. And it wasn’t hard to. I live in a country built on celebritizing it’s citizens grief and amplifying stories of violence and assault for political gain.”

What I thought was going to be a dramatic thriller featuring a female serial killer turned out to be a story about the victims and how their assault affected the rest of their lives.

It shines a light on men getting assaulted; something you never hear about. It was very distu
xTx xTx
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
take THAT rapists!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Harper Perennial #Partner for this free book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars!

It became very apparent, within the first two pages that this book was going to be something like I had never read before. From the writing style, to the subject matter. It was dark, gritty, and stomach churning. I typically shy away from rape heavy books. But there was something intriguing about this one, and I HAD to read it. Some authors can allu
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit.


"Any Man" is a must-read for everyone. Everyone.

Written in beautiful mixed-media prose, "Any Man" is a mosaic of narratives which together relay the horrors endured by the victims of a female serial rapist. The story is relayed by a collection of TV interviews, radio broadcasts, letters, confessions, Twitter threads, and online chat transcripts. Tamblyn's prose bleeds into poetry as these men purge their anguish. She is masterful in her use of repetition when landing punches and
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
An excellently intense, disturbing and exceedingly well written fictional indictment of rape culture. I loved this book, I found it revolutionary and absolutely compelling. By flipping the script and making men the victims, readers can see how ridiculous, damaging and counterproductive victim-blaming really is, and how insanely judgemental the crime-obsessed public at large can be. It really cuts to your core and plays on your fears. Fascinating, powerful, eloquent--like nothing I've ever read b ...more
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
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Michael Kurt
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Any man is not like any book I've ever read. Covering some very tough subject matter.

Tamblyn uses different types of writing styles from poetry to text and chat, journal entries to interviews. Giving each character their own unique voice, to tell their story of sexual assault. 

All the victims are male and have been assaulted by the same person....a woman. Which is not something you usually hear about in society so I found this very interesting. Tamblyn then focuses on the victim's instead of th
Kayla Howard
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t put this book down-it’s so different from anything I’ve ever read-an intense, important, powerful book.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Furious Gazelle
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Reading a book like Any Man is a test of endurance. It’s harsh in many of the right ways, the subject matter hard to swallow, the descriptions rough and raw, and has characters real enough to be heartbreaking. There is no denying Amber Tamblyn’s skill and creativity- the book is experimentally formatted using prose, poetry, tweets, and negative space to tell the story. The moral, however, is one I keep feeling I’ve missed the point of.

Any Man is told from the point of view of the male survivors
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this to be a very interesting read. The idea of a female rapist of men is quite novel to society at this moment. The biggest issue I felt of this title was the story felt like a giant satire when I think the author wanted to be taken as something more serious than that.

I felt the concrete feeling of satire with the victim Sebastian White, a thinly, thinly veiled excuse for Milo Yiannopoulos. Right after this victim's account of the female sexual abuser Maude, there came pages of fiction
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Amber Rose Tamblyn is an American actor, film director, and author.

Tamblyn was born and raised in Venice, California and is a 3rd generation Californian. She has been a writer and actress since the age of 9.

Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. In 2007, she won the Locarno Film Festival award for Best Actress for he
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