Imperial Bedrooms - Bret Easton Ellis It was a good idea to read this immediately after Less Than Zero. It helps make what works about the earlier novel come into focus, while at the same time letting you laugh about how this one is way too "cutesy". Yes, not a word that one would normally associate with such a nasty bit of writing, but everything from the voice, to the characters, to the plot, to the scenes, is watered down and derivative. Yet, for all that, it is still not a terrible book. Of course we wonder what happened to Clay, Blair, Rip, and Julian, and we should be primed enough to see through Clay's unreliability, though we could have done so without every other page someone telling him to "just do as I ask" and "you don't understand."

And, for the audiobook listeners, don't expect the magnificent performance of the Less Than Zero narrator. I really missed him in this one.