• Title: Kiss Me, Judas
  • Author: Will Christopher Baer
  • ISBN: 9781596921863
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kiss Me Judas Have you ever loved someone who s mortally wounded you Phineas Poe disgraced cop and morphine addict has just been released from a psych ward when he meets a beautiful woman named Jude in a hotel ba
    Have you ever loved someone who s mortally wounded you Phineas Poe, disgraced cop and morphine addict, has just been released from a psych ward when he meets a beautiful woman named Jude in a hotel bar Red dress, black hair, body like a knife He takes her back to his room and wakes the next morning in a bathtub full of blood and ice, missing a kidney.Dragging himself frHave you ever loved someone who s mortally wounded you Phineas Poe, disgraced cop and morphine addict, has just been released from a psych ward when he meets a beautiful woman named Jude in a hotel bar Red dress, black hair, body like a knife He takes her back to his room and wakes the next morning in a bathtub full of blood and ice, missing a kidney.Dragging himself from a hospital bed, Phineas discovers he wants to be with Jude like a hunger and he wants to find her and kill her Falling for her is the start of a twisted love story that takes him from the snowy streets of Denver to the high plains of Texas where the boundaries between torturer and victim, killer and accomplice, become nightmarishly distorted.

    One Reply to “Kiss Me, Judas”

    1. The jumping off point for this novel isn't particularly original. It's something that seems like (or may even be) an urban legend. The main character goes back to his hotel room with a prostitute he's met at a bar and the next morning wakes up in a bathtub full of ice with one less kidney to his name.But I've long been a sucker for this oft-told tale and all of its variations, so I must admit this was a large part of why I picked this thing up. Even still, I was a bit apprehensive. This is adver [...]

    2. Well, this was different! Kiss Me, Judas, classified as "noir", gave me the creeps the impression I was watching Sin City.This book made little sense, but managed to keep me entertained. I won't talk about the story. You have the blurb for that. Instead, I'll just list some of my likes and dislikes.LikesThe writing: Phineas Poe's 1st person narration is funny, graphic and crazy, because most of the story he is drugged out of his mind and hallucinates, making it difficult for the reader to distin [...]

    3. Let me preface this by saying that I liked Baer's writing quite a bit here. What I didn't like was theok.Phrases like 'furious silence' pepper the pages and are more than enough to keep me reading when when I stopped giving a shit about the plot a third of the way in. See, the story is told in the first person, and that person may or may not be crazy. Combine that with the fact that every other character seems to have a hidden agenda (or maybe doesn't). So the reader is never QUITE sure what is [...]

    4. HUH???What did I just read? I'm so confused. I had high hopes. The plot sounded so interesting. I was hoping for a strange, dark, twisted kind of story à la Chuck Palahniuk. This was strange, all right, but it was also bad. I strongly disliked the writing style of this book. How do you make such short sentences sound so rambling? No descriptions, no quotation marks. I felt utterly lost. Throughout the entire book, I had no idea what was real and what wasn't real. And, yeah, I get it. I wasn't s [...]

    5. So I finished this book days ago and certain scenes have begun to fade. I really should stick to writing reviews the day after I finish a book. I try to include at least one night's sleep between finishing and reviewing but this has been an overly hectic week all around. So, like I said, a certain amount of fading has happened yet how I felt while reading is still pretty strong and I really have only good things to say in that area. The first chapter sucked me in, aroused my interest. The idea o [...]

    6. Four stars. Omnibus review:Will Christopher Baer is a more respectable version of Chuck Palahniuk. They’re very similar—both are dark, first-person storytellers with a predilection for the twisted underworld of sex and violence—but I’d place Baer more on the side of dark storyteller and Palahniuk on the side of shock writer. Plus Palahniuk bled one narrator into (many, but for sure his initial) four novels; Baer just accepted his love for that voice and made a trilogy.The Phineas Poe tri [...]

    7. Kiss Me Judas had me constantly feeling as though I'd stepped off a mental Tilt-A-Whirl. While it's never confusing, it's often confounding and Baer gives the reader just enough information to keep up with the wild pace. Kiss Me Judas is dark, gritty, endearing, and confusing -- it is the essence of neo-noir.The novel starts with a cliched urban legend -- the protagonist, Phineas Poe, wakes up in a bathtub full of ice with his kidney missing and revenge on his mind. He falls in love with the wom [...]

    8. If you want to know what neo-noir is, this is the book to do it. Baer is not only an idol of mine, but an inspiration. This is what got it started. Dark, rich, sexy, powerful, captivating, and visceral.

    9. Plot: Have you ever loved someone who's mortally wounded you? Phineas Poe, disgraced cop and morphine addict, has just been released from a psych ward when he meets a beautiful woman named Jude in a hotel bar. Red dress, black hair, body like a knife. He takes her back to his room and wakes the next morning in a bathtub full of blood and ice, missing a kidney. Dragging himself from a hospital bed, Phineas discovers he wants to be with Jude like a hunger and he wants to find her and kill her. Fal [...]

    10. Dark, gloomy, kinky.Baer is excellent at drawing captivating atmospheres with short, descriptive sentences. The imagery of places that Baer draws with short, concise sentences are so immersive. The suicidal thoughts, the cancer patient, the grey snow of a dark winter are all so alluring. There are a few times, though, where he shoots & misses.The story itself is entertaining & keeps you guessing up to the last paragraph.What I really disliked is the main character, Phineas Poe. He is a s [...]

    11. Why do I keep reading books from a genre I don't like? I really struggled with this book. First of all, I hated the way it was written. At times there was no way of way of knowing who was doing the talking or if the text was meant to be a dialogue or a thought. It was too damn confusing. Just 'cause you want to portray a mess of a character it doesn't mean you have to be messy in your writing. Most of the time you didn't know what was going on and, yes, I get it, the main character is mostly hig [...]

    12. This work is an atrocious piece of trash that should be avoided at all cost. I will list a couple of the issues that I have with this book in order to help dissuade possible interested readers from having to deal with the literary torture.1. It is obvious that the Author has never been to Denver. Locations are wrong there is no description of the city, or even of the mountain backdrops. He misses out on all the possible seeding dealings that could be used like the city of Englewood, and Colfax a [...]

    13. This one is (as most anyone who's read it seems to concur) "hard to describe." I'd probably propose a new genre for it: "oneiric noir." The moody, poetic writing prose and the frequent breakdown of borders between the real and the dreamed/hallucinated on the part of the feckless narrator are the highlights of a narrative that is not always clear but is always compelling. It's a hard novel to put down, and while the plot is nothing new (pretty standard noir tropes crossed with one of the most mem [...]

    14. this book was so so so so so bad. it is the perfect blend of a wind up bird chronicle meets Vonnegut's son's mental breakdown memoir of insanity. but I did not want to read through line after line of what seemed like magnetic poetry glorified. i understand that he was mentally ill and going through a lot, but I cannot read sentence after sentence that does not tell as story. it was all so disjointed, all so disappointing and that ending?@? come on!!! I don't know if he really lost a kidney, or i [...]

    15. Phineas Poe is an ex-cop, just released from a psychiatric ward after a six month stay for a nervous break down. His job is gone, his wife is dead, and Poe really doesn���t have much to live for. Enter, Jude. This beautiful woman in red sits down next to Poe and the two begin to converse. Poe is easily seduced by Jude ��� especially after she drugs his drink. Poe remembers nothing after taking her back to his hotel room. He wakes up smack dab in the middle of an urban legend. Shiveri [...]

    16. Kiss Me, Judas. A story about a man whose kidney is stolen by a prostitute. Can that urban legend be anything but the stale center of an overtired premise? Apparantly, it CAN be something more.Will Christopher Baer's writing is edgy, visceral, and almost nauseating in its effectiveness. Nauseating in the same way that leaping off a cliff can be nauseating. Phineas Poe, the central character of the novel, starts the novel kidney-less and on the verge of death, and for the rest of the story he eat [...]

    17. What was this all about? I'm really not sure. The narrator falls for Jude who is female, (the very obscure/ enigmatic) and as strong as a lion/ess. They go to bed and he wakes up in a bath of ice, missing a kidney. He's not sure whether he loves or hates her as a result. He is high with pain and intravenous pain relief which Jude administers. Consequently he hallucinates (perhaps?) throughout. Did he kill his wife? He can't be sure. She seems to haunt him throughout the book and is reincarnated [...]

    18. So awesome! Every fast-paced and hot minute, I loved the author's language and thrilling words as the story goes on.

    19. Honestly I read almost all of this book but did not finish. There were so many factual errors I was appalled--did no one else read the drafts that came before publication? No one just rips out a catheter because they feel the urge to pee. First of all, with a catheter in there is NO urge--a person urinates without knowing it, and second, it would hurt so much to rip it out. The fact he is worried that his kidney was replaced with heroin is also ridiculous. By the time he worries about this he'd [...]

    20. The premise sounds hackneyed and unlikely: messed-up ex-cop meets a woman in a bar, gets drunk, fools around, and wakes up in an ice-filled bathtub, missing his kidney. The stuff of urban legend. But Baer takes this absurd idea and turns it into a hallucinatory, melancholy, gorgeously written novel. The protagonist, Poe, skates along the very edges of sanity in his search for the woman-- who he's a little in love (or at least lust) with-- and his journey brings him into contact with an assortmen [...]

    21. This book is all about style. The plot, narrative, and characters are all Noir standards but the use of language forgives just about everythingwonderful to readequal parts comedy, pathos, and pure villainy also help the read along. If you don't have a strong stomach and have trouble suspending belief this isn't for youbut if you're looking for an amoral romp this is the book for you.I loved ithighly recommended.

    22. Di libri "allucinati" o "allucinanti" ne ho letti molti, soprattutto in passato, una decina di anni fa, quando più giovane mi sentivo maggiormente vicino a certe dinamiche.Questo Baciami Giuda è scritto meglio, non è assolutamente banale e non scivola in certi clichè tipici di una letteratura di genere da cui è quasi impossibile sfuggire.Pochi personaggi, ma ben caratterizzati. Una scrittura "precisa" nel creare uno stato confusionale di fondo che stimola e che inchioda il lettore

    23. This isn't my usual genre. I would go so far as to say that this genre is one my least favorites. But now I'm convinced that it's because I hadn't read something that caught my attention. This book was remarkable. It was a mindfuck and I loved every second of it.

    24. A twisted neo-noir love story with a ton of plot twists and turns. Sexy and addictive, it keeps you guessing till the end, and even then there's plenty of unanswered questions. Great read, cant wait to read the others in the Phineas Poe series.

    25. Very sharply written. You'll have to search far and wide to find another book that employs so many tasty metaphors. Puzzling why it was marketed with a b-grade title and a b-grade cover.

    26. This is the novel you would get from a savage mixture of broken heart, Bladerunner, Dashiell Hammett and things that live in dark alleys

    27. This book hasn't been around for that long, but I honestly cannot tell you how many times I have read and re-read this. Easily one of my favorite, favorite books.

    28. Very cheap noir atmosphere and a story that constantly tries and gives up to change its focus, ending up with a lot of plot points that feel gratuitous.

    29. Very dark, very unique, very experimental, and very morish. I found my self continually wanting to stop, yet unable to put it down.

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