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e Squared: A Novel (2010)

by Matt Beaumont

Series: e (3)

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    E: A Novel by Matt Beaumont (Oreillynsf)
    Oreillynsf: The followup to the very funny e. Check it out esp if you work in advertising.
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As good as the first one if not better. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
People who haven't read the original will (and seem to) like this better than people who read e to start. e has a freshness and a narrower scope that works with this type of book because it has a lot of characters, none of which are too easy to get a handle on because all you have are emails, blog posts and the occasional ebay auction listing. It's those extras that are the most inessential to the story. I didn't care about the metal band and wondered what the hell it was there for until Pertti showed up in all his backward glory. An excuse to drag him in? I guess, but it was pretty dumb. Ditto for the inclusion of Janice Crutton. It stretches the focus of the novel which isn't exactly heavy on plot; more like a sitcom, it's predicated on misunderstandings and stereotypical characters. Eh, what the hell. It was $3.59 and amused me for the most part, it just isn't as cohesive or as original as e. ( )
  Bookmarque | Nov 23, 2012 |
Some amusing moments but felt over long so that by just after the halfway mark I was reading to finish it rather than to enjoy it. ( )
  shelleyraec | May 9, 2011 |
I read e, the previous book, quite some years ago and rather enjoyed it so when I happened across this when the local Borders was closing down the other year, I bought it without hesitation. It's not a direct sequel in that it's set in a completely different agency but it does carry on the story of some of the characters from the first book. I don't think it's necessary to have read that one before this; there are mentions of a previous agency but no real details are given and there's only really one instance in which the prior knowledge is needed.

Whereas e was made up solely of e-mails - hence the name - this one also contains texts, instant messenger conversations and blog posts. Oh, and eBay auctions listings. I was a little concerned that it would make it hard to follow but it actually didn't take that long to get the gist of at all. I did wonder if the blog posts from France were really necessary, it was a rather odd tangent that didn't fit with the rest of the book or the rest of the characters and was solely there to show the come-uppance of a character from the previous book. There's a random comment made regarding it, but other than that, it really wasn't relevant at all.

There are an awful lot of characters but it's nice to see some familar names from the previous book, such as David Crutton, Susi Judge-Davies and Liam O'Keefe. The characters are fairly well portrayed which is no mean feat considering they're only expressed through e-mails and instant messenger conversations. However, it is quite easy to get a hold on a person's personality though those forms of communication as anyone who uses them regularly will know. It also means that you're not being told the story directly but have to piece it together from the information contained in all the e-mails, texts etc. It is really well done and it's although confusing at the beginning, you soon get into the swing of it and pick up the thread and the individual characters with their unique voices.

This is definitely a book for anyone who has ever worked in advertising/PR or even just worked in an office. The e-mails about the mugs from the kitchen disappearing, the constant Out of Office Replies from that one colleague who never seems to be in, the bizarre e-mail signatures, all of those had me nodding and laughing in agreement. It also goes a step further than e and shows more of the character's lives outside of the office which makes it a bit more accessible to those who haven't experienced that delight.

It's definitely a quick and easy read, I got through it in 2 days. It's over 500 pages but a lot of that is taken up with the e-mails headers (which I skimmed just to get the name of the person sending it) and also white space between all the e-mails on the page so there's not as much reading in it as you think. If you ever wanted to know what happens if you respond to that spam email from Nigeria, this is the book for you. ( )
  Ganimede | Apr 20, 2011 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it was better than the original and short story sequel. However, to be able to fully understand and appreciate the book, I recommend reading the original novel first. If you choose not, I have a list of characters since there are many and it can be confusing. The characters are as follows:

MEERKAT360

•David Crutton - Managing Director aka THE MAN and former CEO of the London branch of Miller Shanks
•Janice Crutton - David's wife
•Paula Sterling - Janice's PA
•Alex Sofroniou - Head of IT aka ZORBA THE GEEK
•Noah Crutton - David's son
•Tamara Crutton - David's daughter
•Dotty Podidra - David's PA
•Caroline Zitter - Founder of Meerkat360 aka THE SEER
•Ted Berry - Founder of Meerkat360 aka MC IDEAZ
•Roisin O'Hooligan - Receptionist
•Susi Judge-Davis-Gaultier - Ted's PA
•Yossi Mendoza - In-house musician
•Liam O'Keefe - Works in Creative Department
•Sally Wilton - Office Administrator aka PRINCESS PAPERCLIP
•Brett Topolski - Liam's good friend now working at the Dubai, United Arab Emirates branch of Miller Shanks
•Vince Douglas - Also good friends with Liam and works with Brett
•Neil Godley - Nigel Godley's identical twin. Works in Accounts
•Kirsten Richardson - In-house hair stylist for the Creative Department
•Kazu Makino - Donald and Bill's PA
•Milton Keane - Caroline's PA
•Donald Gold - Works with Bill and is Senior Account Director and is also gay
•Bill Geddes - Works with Donald
•Harry Frisby - Senior Account Director
•Harvey Harvey - An employee who is somewhat mental and a Doctor Who fanatic
•Lorraine Pallister - Liam's ex-girlfriend
•Mr. Fraggles - Clown in Residence
•Simon Horne - Former Creative Director at Miller Shanks
•Larry Finlay - Managing Director of Transworld Publishers
•Katie Espiner - Senior Commissioning Editor of Transworld Publishers
•Aislinn Casey - Team Coordinator of the Transworld SynchroStarz
•Pertti Van Helden - Former CEO the Helsinki, Finland branch of Miller Shanks
•Nigel Godley - Neil Godley's identical twin brother who used to work in Accounts at Miller Shanks ( )
  Kevinbw309 | Apr 4, 2011 |
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This book is about the employes of a London as agency as told through today's most modern  messaging tools. A good English comedy.
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"Set in a London ad agency desperate to land a coveted big account, e follows the bureaucratic bungling, cutthroat maneuvers, and outrageous sexual antics of a group of Miller-Shanks employees as they scheme, lie, lust, and claw their way up (and down) the company ladder. Written by a former advertising copywriter, this hilarious, dead-on-target novel marks the debut of a hip and exciting new voice in contemporary fiction. With the click of a mouse, Matt Beaumont brings the novel of letters into the twenty-first century, turning his merciless, unerring eye on today's Machiavellian corporate culture-with uproarious results." -- from publisher's website.… (more)

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