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, Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Any Man

  • Krystin Rachel
    Blog | BookstagramThis book is unlike anything I have ever read, and I am utterly emotionally ruined by it.Seriously. This book has fucked me up.I started reading this in the morning and I didn’t put it down until I read the last page that evening. I was completely obsessed, completely enthralled and emotionally enamoured.I’ve taken a couple of days to think about this review because I want it to be coherent and not preachy, but I’m definit...
  • 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...
  • JV
    TW: Rape, suicide, self-harm, gore, and violence With a flair of unorthodox writing, Tamblyn creates a provocative debut novel that is befuddling in its narrative style and experimental format, but still sears with an irrefutable verity about rape culture, sexual assault and aggression, the effects of patriarchal masculinity on men, and the way by which we feast on this ruckus in various media as it upends the lives of survivors, who in turn, com...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    This book is insane. It’s been a while since I flew through a book as quickly as I did with this one, and for good reason. There is absolutely no down time in this book, it just made it impossible for me to put it down!It obviously tackles very real, raw, and intense topics, rape being the main focus. But not only that, it discusses recovery, suicide, eating disorders, among many others. I really loved how Tamblyn spoke frankly about all of the...
  • Samantha Irby
  • *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.
  • 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...
  • Emily May
    Interesting concept. Stylistically too odd for me.
  • Janet
    This genre-busting debut novel was surprising from beginning to end. A female serial rapist known only as Maude preys upon unsuspecting men, boldly reframing sexual assault, imagining a male-victim, female-attacker point of view, the better to defamiliarize and highlight our contemporary rape culture. We see each man struggling with what has happened to him personally, each with a very different voice--and then the media circus begins, adding its...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Trevor
    A haunting & riveting read. ANY MAN is an intense look at the aftermath of male rape. This is a short read, more so bordering on novella level, & the writing style is quite eccentric. Poetry, prose & social media commentary (mostly Twitter & OkCupid) combine to tell the story of 5 survivors. It kind of annoyed me that there were no chapters marked with who's POV it was, but each character is so unique that it's easy to distinguish their voices. I...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Nadine
    4.5 StarsAny Man is a gender-bending story about the survivors of a female serial rapist named Maude. The novel alternates perspective as each of the men deal with the effects of their sexual assault right after and years later.I can’t say that I’ve been a super fan of Amber Tamblyn’s, but I enjoyed her performances whenever I seen them so when I found out she wrote a novel I knew I had to read it immediately. Any Man is like nothing I’ve...
  • debra
    4- 4.5 Very different, dark, but hopeful too.
  • Cassie
    Wow. This was an overwhelmingly intense reading experience. In Any Man, Amber Tamblyn takes society's widely-accepted perception of rape and flips it on its head, by writing about the male victims of a female perpetrator. And in so doing, she serves to highlight the injustices faced by sexual assault survivors in an entirely new light, exploring everything from victim blaming, to the 24-hour media cycle, to the failures of the authori...
  • Michele Springer
    I really wanted to like this book. In theory, I do. But the actual execution of the book didn’t work for me.I felt that Tamblyn tried too hard to be relevant and current. You can tell by her writing style that she is a poet, and I just don’t think it worked for this novel. Each victim was intended to hair his own voice and narrative, but all the voices and stories blended together.I think Tamblyn intended for this to be a subtle social commen...
  • 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.Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy.
  • ❤
    This book is a great example of why it's so important to hold judgement when it comes to controversial books until you've actually read it yourself. Had I just accepted the general consensus of what people think this book is about or what it aims to achieve, I'd have skipped it, under the impression that it was simply faux-edgy trash parading around the "women can be monsters and sexual predators too!" defense that a lot of people (a certain type...
  • Aleksandra
    CW: rape, victim blaming, transphobia (as in anti trans man comments, deadnaming), misogyny, eating disorder, suicide, suicide attempt, PTSD, child abuse, gore, violenceAny Man is adult standalone novel, written in various formats, including the diary entries, poetry, interview scripts, letters, tweets etc. The book is brutally honest take on rape culture. Any Man is a story about five men who were raped by the same female perpetrator. It’s a b...
  • Jenna
    5 big holy sh*t stars!! I am utterly impressed by this brilliant book! By turning the tables and making men the victims of sexual assault by a faceless female serial rapist shines an even brighter light on the issue of our society blaming the victims. It magnifies EVERYTHING that women have been trying to bring to the forefront with the “me too” movement. This novel is smart, dark and powerful. I am completely floored by this incredible debut...
  • 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.
  • BookGypsy
    Tamblyn blends a mix of poetry and prose in this stunning novel about Maude,a female serial rapist. Maude preys on men. Any man,any place. This is a journey through sexual assault. The aftermath. The male victims,their feelings,the shame you feel and the way the media takes hold of it. The way society portrays it. A tough and emotional topic. It's not every day you hear about men being the victim. Tamblyn did an amazing job brining this side to t...
  • Chelsey
    I don't have words. I have feelings, lots of them, and I feel a little messed up inside now.
  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    Any Man will do...{{{cringing}}}I'm not a fan of poetry type prose and this is mostly written that way…It also has a lot of social media commentary, but its also super short, only about 4 1/2 hours on Audio, so not a deal breaker by any means.  Even so, this wrecked me.  This book is not only brutally scary, it's also so unbelievably intense and emotional.  I cried real tears.  Ultimately, the message that Any Man imparts is what its all...
  • Jacob Kolody
    WOW. Loved this book from start to finish. I questioned Maude’s motive the whole time and that explanation at the very end of the book - just wow. So good. Amber Tamblyn’s poetry skills definitely came through in this novel, sort of in the same vein as Ellen Hopkins. May I digress for a second? I just want to say I’d love to see some cisgender white males read this book and maybe have their perspectives changed. I know far too many men who ...
  • Susan Bazzett-Griffith
    This was a tough book to rate. The juxtaposition of reading a book about the after effects of a serial rapist who targets men with today's climate of reckoning for sexual assault was jarring, and quite frankly was a difficult read for any of us with a #metoo story. Tamblyn's writing ranges from profound and raw to overdone and a little strained- the biggest problem I had was the lack of consistency in the writing quality- like some of it was edit...
  • Carrie
    I've always admired actress Amber Tamblyn, and I give her huge props for tackling the traumatic aftermath of rape. In this book, the rape occurs to men, but the shells of their former selves they become is universal, regardless of the victim's gender. And Tamblyn is clearly a gifted poet.That being said, the style wasn't really for me. The mixture of poetry, prose, and online communication did not make for comfortable "curl up and read" material....