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Sex World Paperback – September 16, 2014
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―Amy Gerstler, author of Dearest Creature
“Ron Koertge walked into a bar. ‘Read my stories,’ he said. ‘They’re good.’ ‘I don’t have time,’ I said. I was wrong. He was right.”
―Pete Hautman, winner of the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
“In this remarkable collection of flash fiction, Ron Koertge proves that he’s a master of the form. He teases out lyricism from the most mundane of words, and significance from the most mundane of situations.”
―Gene Yang, author of American Born Chinese
“In the wildly imaginative flash fictions of Sex World, poet and young adult author extraordinaire, Ron Koertge, moves from humor to poignance, irreverence to tenderness, with a grace and deceptive ease that I hereby dub Koertgeesque (Koertgesian?), and wish I had invented myself. If you want bang for your literary buck, let it stop here.”
―Charles Harper Webb
“Sex World is like a box of flashy gourmet chocolates: You can devour them in order or pluck them randomly, each one a deliciously formed morsel that will satisfy your taste for everything from Greek goddesses to robots and the great variety of humanity in between. You’ll pay a price of course: after the bountiful bonbons are gone, you won’t be satisfied; you’ll want more and more and more…”
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This is a compilation of very short short stories (some 1/2 page long). Koertge is back on top of his game with stories at turns funny, poignant, bitter, nostalgic. As of the moment of writing this review, the story I recall best to mind is Mr. Weenie.
For Koertge fans who were baffled by Indigo and disappointed by The Ogre's Wife, this one is definitely worth buying.
It did get me some odd looks on a recent air flight.
PS this review refers to the physical paper version. I do not think the stories would read as well in Kindle. The overall visual of the story length, line spacing, and paragraph breaks adds to the experience.