Saturday, March 18, 2017

Five top recent comic novels that are reviving the form

At the B&N Reads blog Brian Boone tagged five recent comic novels that are hilariously reviving the form, including:
Sweetness #9, by Stephan Eirik Clark

This book doesn’t contain the kind of humor that one would call “ha-ha” humor or “laugh out loud comedy.” It’s more funny in the existential meaning of the word, in that life is meaningless and absurd, and whether you try or don’t try, you’re ultimately doomed. LOL. Clark’s Sweetness #9 is about a very well-meaning guy who, decades ago, helped invent food additives and sweeteners that in the 1970s seemed like godsends but ultimately turned out to be at least mildly toxic. What transpires is a darkly comic novel about cosmic guilt.
Read about another entry on the list.

Sweetness #9 is among Joel Cunningham's seven sharpest modern satires.

My Book, The Movie: Sweetness #9.

The Page 69 Test: Sweetness #9.

--Marshal Zeringue