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Sex Dungeon For Sale! (The New Bizarro Author Series) Paperback – October 5, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: The New Bizarro Author Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Irreverent, outrageous, and fearless in his choice of material, Patrick Wensink has a true knack for absurdity. Sex Dungeon for Sale! takes facets of everyday American life and twists them until they gag out comedic gold." - JOEY GOEBEL, author of Torture the Artist and The Anomalies 
"In his collection of stories Sex Dungeon For Sale!, Patrick Wensink demonstrates a gift for darkly absurdist humor that (just guessing here) surely derives from watching either too much or not enough television. Outfitted with a keen ear, a gently warped perspective, and a closet full of polyester concert t-shirts (again, pure supposition), Wensink's evident writerly talents make this an auspicious debut." - JAMES GREER, author of Artificial Light and The Failure

"Patrick Wensink, you smell fantastic." -Patrick Wensink, author of Sex Dungeon for Sale!

More About the Author

Patrick Wensink is the author of the bestselling novel, BROKEN PIANO FOR PRESIDENT. The book's viral popularity led him to appearances in New York Times, NPR's Weekend Edition, Forbes and others. The New Yorker once wrote one entire sentence about him. After which he had a heart attack.

His writing also appears in New York Times, Oxford American, Salon, Huffington Post and many seedier outlets.

He is also the author of the essay collection, EVERYTHING WAS GREAT UNTIL IT SUCKED and two other books. He lives in Louisville, KY.

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I just love the author's sense of humor and writing style.
Lindsay N. May
This new author has a great imagination, if you want to read a book that makes you laugh, this one will do!
Nicolas Garceau
You can read this book two ways: You can have fun with the weirdness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara on October 25, 2009
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Open Patrick Wensink's new book, Sex Dungeon For Sale!, and you're immediately confronted with the absurd, the hilarious and everything in between. How do you market a house with an adult romper room? Whatever happened to James Brown's capes? And honestly, what do you do when your son pretends that he's French? Wensink has it all covered - and more - in his first collection of short stories. Wensink's style is conversational, conspiratorial and engaging ... if you like Irvine Welsh, Chuck Klosterman or, dare I say, anything just a bit unusual and off the beaten path, Wensink's prose fits the bill. Wensink's prose creates characters that are just a little bit uncomfortable to be around, making you laugh at the same time you're looking over your shoulder, wondering if you really ought to be laughing at all. It's a slice of life offered through a cracked mirror. It's fresh, engaging and unusual. It'll be interesting to see what's next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2009
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Each of the eleven short stories in this small collection are built on a lone imaginative premise, upon which the story succeeds or fails. They can be breezed through in about an hour, and while I found myself chuckling at almost every piece, they're so thin that they generally fail to leave much of an impression. They remind me of the micro-fiction and humor web sites that friends periodically send me links to. Momentarily amusing and diverting, with pleasantly skewed sensibilities, but not developed enough to really tell if the author's got the ability to pull off a fully realized short story, as opposed to an amusing skit.

For example, the title story is basically a real estate agent's narration of a home tour in which the seller has installed a sex romper room in the basement. The humor is all in the premise, and the execution of it doesn't move beyond the obvious. Similarly, "Chicken Soup for the Kidnapper's Soul" is the title and all you really need to know about a parody of the saccharine bestselling "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. "The Many Lives of James Brown's Capes" riffs on what happened to the dead soul singer's personal effects that were sold at auction. You get the idea.

Which is not to say that some of the pieces aren't a little more biting than others. For example, "Wash, Rinse, Repeat" is a decent little satire involving washing machines with a "Kill" setting, and "Donor 322" uses email exchanges to throw a dark light on sperm donation. My favorite of all is "My Son Thinks He's French," which takes the titular concept for a spin, only to execute a twisted and hilarious punchline in the last paragraph.

Ultimately, if you have a taste for the somewhat twisted, dark, or surreal, you might want to check this out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Carbuncle on January 29, 2010
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Eraseread Press has recently decided to give some unheard-of authors a chance with the New Bizarro Author Series. One of the new Eraserhead authors is Patrick Wensink. Sex Dungeon for Sale is Wensink's contribution to the series. As is fairly typical with the Bizarro publishers, Sex Dungeon is a collection of short stories. Wensink's stories were absurd, surreal, and funny. I like the Bizarro movement and appreciate the DIY/independent attitude of the publishers and authors. Nevertheless, there are times that some of the Bizarro stuff gets a little bit tiresome for me, such as when the stories just become an exercise in demonstrating how bizarre the writer can get. Mr. Wensink's writing is definitely beyond the "look how crazy I am" stage. I found myself enjoying the stories and liking the characters in Sex Dungeon. Even within the limitations of the short story/flash fiction format, Wensink's ability shines through. I felt like many of the stories in Sex Dungeon could have been developed into something longer. But, I recognize that the author was working within the limitations of a collection of short stories. On the other hand, some of the shorts were great just the way they were (see, Chicken Soup for the Kidnapper's Soul). I think it's very cool that Eraserhead is taking a shot with some new talent. Apparently, Eraserhead is waiting to see how the new authors are received before deciding to publish anything else from them. Wensink is a new talent that should be given the opportunity to develop his writing. Buy his book so that he can hopefully stay with his publisher and put out a full-length novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Krall on November 8, 2009
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Patrick Wensink's writing is very smooth and he seems like a natural. Wensink has a sharp wit on display. Considering it's a debut book, it shows that he must have spent a lot of time on his craft. This book has 12 stories packed into its 88 pages. Some of them were good, some of them were okay, and a few could've been left out (and replaced with better ones).

The title story "Sex Dungeon for Sale!" should get an award for best title. However, it falls short of delivering the sleazy promise of someone really trying to sell a sex dungeon. Come on, am I the only person to be disappointed that he didn't give us a sleaze-fest? : )

"Chicken Soup for the Kidnapper's Soul" is the funniest story in the bunch. And yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. "Pandemic Jones" is the longest in the collection and I could see it being developed into something longer.

The story "Doner 322" has a good premise but the ending can be seen from a mile away and it's only five pages long. It seemed rushed and I think with his skills, he could have made it into a truly disturbing piece.

Also, the sharp wit of the author I mentioned.... Though that's a very good thing, it seems like EVERY story told in the first-person has the same voice which makes me feel like Wensink himself is telling every story instead of each individual narrator. However I imagine if and when he writes a novel, this will work in his favor.

Overall, it's worth a read if you like quirky short fiction. I wouldn't call it totally bizarro (especially compared to the short fiction of Andersen Prunty, D. Harlan Wilson, and Ray Fracalossy) but it's well-written and just weird enough to satisfy your desire for offbeat fiction.
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