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""This delightfully loopy debut combines Down East deadpan with elements of Nordic mythology and Pynchonesque pyrotechnics. Ericson's Maine coastal setting lies at the edge of the surreal.""
— Publishers Weekly
“Swell reads like an early Tom Robbins novel. It's stuffed with fresh-feeling observations—and old observations dolled up in just the right pair of Groucho Marx glasses—giving many chapters the feel of a hilarious, discursive night at the bar with a talented bullshit artist. Even though Whippey's the literary equivalent of an old friend who crashes on your couch for a week too long, you can't help but fall in love with him. He's a romantic, and his obvious adoration for coastal life in New England will leave you longing for a vacation in Melville country.”
— Paul Constant, The Stranger
""Jaunty, playful, hilarious, and imminently readable, Swell is much more than an auspicious debut, it's that rarest of birds, a good old-fashioned reading pleasure.""
— Jonathan Evison, best-selling author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving and West of Here
Orange himself reads like Pynchon’s Doc Sportello. Add a splash of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, too . . . A superbly crafted mixture of humor and observations of modern life, a combination of barely-noticeable detective fiction and magical realism, something uniquely its own and, in the end, a truly good read. Swell is a fantastic novel.
— Line Zero
“Gaiman meets Barth in a novel about a cellphone network made out of whales. It’s time to go away to sea. [. . .] The question is, are you ready for Whalepunk?”
“A postmodern maritime epic.”
— Necessary Fiction
“A ridiculously anarchic good read that makes Moby Dick look about as exciting as a lobster fishing manual. Swell rises and falls like the ocean, gradually working its way towards a conclusion that’s both emotionally satisfying and curiously open. If you’ve ever wondered what Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas might have been like if Hunter S. Thompson had set it at sea, then you finally have your answer.”
— Dan Coxon, Culture Mob
“Orange Whippey is a degenerate loser from the tiny North Atlantic island of Bismuth who somehow, despite his best intentions of remaining a loser, inexplicably winds up heading a plot involving whale herders, Korean drug smugglers, an aquatic cell phone network, Norse mythology, and the subtle intricacies of Jaws, the novel. Hilarious and weird, yet bizarrely heartwarming and filled with unforgettable characters. I loved every single hilarious word of it.”
— The Book Catapult
Corwin Ericson lives in western Massachusetts where he works as an editor, professor, and writer. He is the author of the chapbook Checked Out OK (Factory Hollow Press, 2011), a collection of police reports. Swell is his first novel. More info can be found at www.swellthenovel.com and www.darkcoastpress.com.
What a great story; what a great voice.
This book was so much fun and half the time I had to check myself because I didn't feel like I was sitting in one place but roaring along with the story.
These characters flounder around in the plot and this reader was not interested enough in them to come to their rescue.
Quick moving, interesting story. I'm sure it had much deeper meaning that I didn't find, but t was fun.Published 3 months ago by D. Friend
it took a bit to get into it but it was worth sticking it out. i didnt really get the point until the very end but ot was so descriptive and totally made me wish i lived on an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by kaylam
What a strange book. I picked it up as a Kindle Deal of the Day; it was compared to Neil Gaiman. It has a protagonist named Orange Whippey; kind of thirsty now. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eric Naumann
A tremendous imagination! Fun! A varied vocabulary and rich characters. Loved it as I spent some time Down East, ayahPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This novel twists a fairly routine plot line with a surreal to outrageous set of details that provide great entertainment. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lewis B. Hayes
Based on the cover art and the description - Christopher Moore meets Neil Gaiman? Sign me up! - I thought I'd enjoy this novel.
I was wrong. Read more
This book has humor only appreciated by teenage boys being entirely centered around drugs and penises. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Athena
You know how Raising Arizona is so funny because it mixes almost Shakespearian monologues with modern folksy wistfulness? Read morePublished 20 months ago by James Henry McKeen
"Swell" gets a little mystical, but it's very entertaining. Good character developement, while still leaving some of the motivations and justifications up to the reader. Try it.Published 20 months ago by BigD