By: Gregor Xane
Year published: 2013
Date read: 12.11.2013
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Summary: Frank makes a startling discovery in the shower. He finds six strange circles of skin gone completely numb—three neatly spaced down the center of his chest and abdomen, and three more down his spine. His doctor takes sadistic pleasure in carving out bits of Frank's flesh and a perverse childlike glee flipping through hundreds of pictures of his interior. But when the tests come back, he's unable to make a diagnosis and refers Frank to a psychiatrist. Under guided hypnosis, Frank uncovers clues in a repressed dream, but his sessions on the couch are soon cut short when he loses his job and his health insurance. Now Frank is forced to solve the mystery of his six dead spots on his own. Armed with nicotine patches, pornography, sleeping pills, and a stack of books on lucid dreaming, Frank delves into a world of nightmares to do battle with the monsters lurking inside his head.
I don't even know where to begin with this one. Gregor, you write crazy SO well.
I really like Frank, but then he's my kinda character. I like the ones that are a little um off the beaten path. After finding these dead spots on his body, having to deal with Dr Peel (who is AWESOME), being sent off to a psychiatrist and then losing his job, things seem to just be terrible for poor Frank, but he insists on handling everything on his own, especially figuring out the repressed dreams. And those dreams - or maybe it's reality - or maybe it's a little of both - are insane and hilarious and ... wow.
My favorite part is when his brother finds him in the living room ... just read it, you'll see what I'm talking about.
My favorite character: Totally Dr Peel (he cracks me up) and Frank, of course
My favorite line: "They looked like elaborate, ultraviolet Rorschach blotters. He saw faces in his internal organs, ant colonies in his veins, storm clouds in the folds of his brain tissue."