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Jul. 9th, 2012

The Sugar Frosted NutsackThe Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Description from Amazon (though describing this book or its plot is besides the point): "High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they've wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods have splintered into several factions, led by the immortal enemies XOXO, Shanice, La Felina, Fast-Cooking Ali, and Mogul Magoo. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession."

Weird, funny, trippy, and bawdy, this really reads more like a stream of drug-induced consciousness than a story, while it skewers everything from religion to reality television. It won't appeal to many readers, I suspect, but I enjoyed it.



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readingthedark
Jul. 9th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to this when I can get around to it. I missed his fiction.
thndrstd
Jul. 9th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
This is the first of his I've read. I've seen some other reviews that say it's not as good as his others. I plan to read some of his other stuff in the very near future.
readingthedark
Jul. 9th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Because of his pyrotechnics, shorter work always seemed like his forte--and he's certainly not for everyone or even most--but I adored his first two books, thought fairly highly of the next two, and then lost track of him. I've always considered him the male version of Kathy Acker, but I've said that a lot and no one has ever agreed with me, so I'm probably wrong.
thndrstd
Jul. 9th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Based on this one, I suspect he would work better in shorter form. While I enjoyed this book, it dragged a little and got repetitive. I'll start with his short stories. Thanks for the info.
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