Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Any Man

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 ...

Details Any Man

TitleAny Man
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreFiction, Feminism, Thriller

Reviews Any Man

  • Sara
    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 tra...
  • 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 in...
  • *TANYA*
    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.
  • Andrea
    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.
  • Drew
    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 ...
  • Blake
    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 wh...
  • Melissa Rochelle
    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.
  • Jessica
    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 tak...
  • 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 ...
  • Kelly
    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 hou...
  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    *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.
  • Olga Lukinskaya
    До дрожи, до слёз, эта книга очень #metoo и #янебоюсьсказатьОчень страшно за своего ребёнка. Как же ему объяснить всё, как защитить его от всего.
  • Bert Zee
    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 ...
  • Samantha Price
    “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 as...
  • xTx xTx
    take THAT rapists!
  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    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 thi...
  • Amber
    Holy shit. Okay."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...
  • OUTandAbout28
    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 use...
  • Blake
    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 pas...
  • Natverse
    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 exac...
  • Emily
    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
    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.
  • Kate
    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....
  • Kayla Howard
    I couldn’t put this book down-it’s so different from anything I’ve ever read-an intense, important, powerful book.
  • Furious Gazelle
    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 M...
  • Tiffany
    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 femal...
  • Marisa
    premise:A man is raped and his rapist, a woman, cannot be found.Then another, and another.These men respond to the events and learn to handle the trauma.(view spoiler)[spoilers/personal reaction:Just the intertwining of poetry, classic novel text, journal and social media make the read very compelling. There's a different tone and pace which each literary form the author chose and informs the tone of the character.The first man raped was told in ...
  • Paperback Paris
    —The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Staff Writer, Rachel Gonzalez. Read more.Amber Tamblyn’s debut novel, Any Man, is a beautifully written and carefully curated examination of toxic masculinity, rape culture and our society as a whole. Tamblyn refocuses the conversation of sexual assault to bring men center stage as victims instead of predators. This story is a sprawling conversation about sexual assault and how prevalent it is...
  • Kaitlin
    There is a lot going on in this book. a lot. It is very ambitious in its narrative especially.I must be honest in that I went into this book with the obvious thought of she's an actress, which initially worked against her (we judge people harshly and I was not familiar with any of her previous work) and then maybe benefited the author (we forgive to easily). So there's that.I loved the mixed mediums of this book's writing style and found it highl...
  • Vanessa
    Esse livro não foi fácil de ler. Tem cenas de violência muito brutais. A autora mistura alguns estilos de escrita, como poesias e conversas online, deixando o ritmo mais interessante para o leitor. Mas, mesmo assim, o clima é sempre de muita tensão. Caso o assunto VIOLÊNCIA SEXUAL seja um gatilho para você, recomendo que não faça essa leitura. Esse livro não foi feito para tranquilizar ninguém, mas sim para provocar discussões. Quem a...