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Love Me Paperback – July 26, 2011
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About the Author
DANGER_SLATER is the world’s most flammable writer! His work has appeared in several online magazines, offline anthologies, audio podcasts, porn dialogue voice-over sessions, dirty limerick collections, fortune cookie factories, websites featuring humorous misspelled tattoos, remedial English workshops, confusing furniture assembly instructions, police affidavits, losing presidential hopefuls' concession speeches, neon bar-front beer advertisements, cereal box ingredient lists and miniature golfing scorecards. Danger_Slater is also extremely toxic, so it is advised that you do not approach him unless you’re wearing a Level A hazmat suit or have had some sort of wizard cast a spell of protection on you.
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Danger Slater could write a book in any genre and it would still be awesome. It's seldom I read a book of prose where every single line flows like poetry. I will also note that I've read all three novellas that make up the author's book DangerRama, and all three were equal in flow and quality.
What makes a great bizarro novel? I think the answer is...a lot of different criteria. For example: A story told by a lonely guy who wears a viking helmet and gets in fist fights with the moon, and yet somehow touches and relates to a reader who isn't lonely and doesn't wear viking helmets or fight the moon. Little treasures are in here too, like references to such obscure 80's nostalgia like that robot that told kids that a peanut is neither a pea not a nut.
Usually I try to make my reviews funny, but here I'm just telling you that this book is ridiculously good, and not reading it is robbing yourself of one of the most fun and hilarious adventures that are available to the general public with eight or so bucks to spare. When you read the synopsis you're going to say "how can this be that crazy and be such a good book?" Just read it and find out.
To draw an analogy reading Love Me is a lot like life itself, it doesn't always have to make sense-like when you clean a toilet, really why are you cleaning a toilet when you're just going to end up crapping in it again? (which reminds me there is a decent amount of vulgar humor, laugh this off also). But like life itself the important thing about it to simply have fun, reading Love Me is nothing more than a fun experience. If you want a fun reading experience I strongly recommend this, if you don't pick up the Bible or a textbook or something and tell me Love Me isn't by far much better.
I do find it really interesting that the author seems aware of the ultra-privileged position of straight white cis men and how that influences/harms their self-perception, as the protagonist is quite literally a god. For that reason alone this novel is worth skimming for unexpected insight (whether intentional or not, I suppose) into the mentality of, well, dudebro types.
I have a real problem with the way exploitative perceptions of marginalized groups are used so casually, no matter how 'necessary' to the authenticity of the voice and perspective they might seem. If you're going to whimsically trot out the tired douchey 'satire' tropes (and dick jokes, for that matter) at all, there better be a damn good reason, and again, I don't think the payoff is really worth it. Even though the 'point' is clearly to be gratuitous, this is what makes the novel seem to be ultimately from the perspective of what it's supposed to be satirizing and examining critically, which IMHO undermines its message.
This novel is highly reminiscent of bizarro, which is probably a bit of an insult to the bizarros. I'll say it reads like a bizarro novel someone wrote during NaNoWriMo, a book that adopts the feel, style and approach of bizarro without doing what bizarro does all that well or effectively.
When it comes to a star rating, I'm conflicted on this one. 3 stars feels like I'm condoning it, while 2 stars seems like I just didn't 'get it' and I'm taking it too seriously, unable to see past the silly humor and shock value. So, 2.5 stars. Closer to 3 if I'm in a really, really generous mood and probably 2 if I were to read it again.