The Nightly Disease by Max Booth III reads like something out of the mind of Chuck Palahniuk, a direct nod to transgressive fiction. The story follows the protagonist (Isaac) who is a socially estranged night auditor at a hotel. One thing becomes clear early in the book, Isaac has the worst job and worst life he can imagine. Not only does his life and job suck but he gets wrapped up in a life or death situation, and then there are the owls!
The Nightly Disease by Max Booth III
The Nightly Disease is one the best books I read that was published in 2016. Had my “best of ” list for the year came out a week later it would have landed in the top three. One thing is for sure, the book isn’t for those who blush at graphic language and imagery. The book is a hit parade of moral bankruptcy from cover to cover, and it’s awesome for it.
The best part of the book is Isaac, who is perhaps one of the most memorable characters I’ve read in quite some time. If Tyler Durden, Napoleon Dynamite and Norman Bates had a three-way, Isaac would be the result. If there was ever a movie made of this book Jon Heder would have to play Isaac. You begin sympathizing with Isaac because we’ve all had crap jobs and points in our lives where it sucked. As the book goes on Isaac becomes more of a sociopath, but he has no idea even though other characters seem to notice.
As for the plot, it’s hard to say if there is just one big plot like many books or several smaller ones that tie in together in the end. For a good portion of the book where you’ll have no idea where it’s going but slowly it all pieces together. In spite of not really understanding where things are going, Booth keeps things moving and the pacing is pretty good for a novel of this style. There is simply no boring moment in the book.
The owls, don’t forget the owls! Yes, the owls will creep you out, but I will go no further than that. Lets just say that when you see an owl when out for a walk or see one on TV it will mean something different to you. Why owls? I have no freaking clue and I’m not sure the author did either but it’s great. Traditionally, owls are symbols of a coming death, danger or wisdom, all apply here.
Max Booth III delivered a great read and have nothing negative or critical to say about it. It’s one of the best books I’ve read over the past few years, without a doubt. I have no doubt that some of the author’s experiences are brought to life and fictionalized in The Nightly Disease. Some scenes have me thinking that he really saw something similar to this at work one night. In any case, buy this freaking book! Whatever you pay for it, you will not be disappointed.