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Sex Dungeon For Sale! (The New Bizarro Author Series) Paperback – October 5, 2009
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"Patrick Wensink, you smell fantastic." -Patrick Wensink, author of Sex Dungeon for Sale!
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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.Read more ›
-Lance Carbuncle, author of GRUNDISH AND ASKEW, and, SMASHED, SQUASHED, SPLATTERED, CHEWED, CHUNKED AND SPEWED
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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I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Good book and great book depending on which short story I was reading. Read more
I rarely go for short stories, but this collection was excellent ! Some were good, most of them were awesome. Funny and even touching at times. And crazy ! Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Nicolas Garceau
You can read this book two ways: You can have fun with the weirdness. Or you have fun with the weirdness and feel inspired by the truthfulness. I recommend the latter. Mr. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by J. Tatone
Wait, wait, wait. Let me get this straight: The book starts with a Realtor trying to sell a house with one screwed up basement, then it introduces a guy whose son is... Read more
As with any collection, this has great stories and good stories, some that I preferred over others, but none that were bad. Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by Steve Lowe
I was recently sent a book to review. It came in the mail in a small manila envelope, no bigger than a playbill, simply labeled with my name and address. Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by DGWriter
I was a little skeptical going in, but I love this book even more than I imagined I would. I just love the author's sense of humor and writing style.Published on January 27, 2010 by Kindle Customer
A marvelously good time. This book, and the author, are awesome.
Patrick Wensink's Sex Dungeon for Sale had me laughing out loud! Loved that each story was filled with such witty humor. I give the book AND the author two thumbs up!Published on December 6, 2009 by MKP