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A new modern myth...
on December 8, 2008
Many of the great stories that humans share with each other feature two entities in opposition to each other. Sometimes these entities are emotionless nations, sometimes equally indifferent businesses. The best of these, the tales that really draw you into their world, feature two people or people-like beings. Some Things Are Better Left Unplugged is one of these stories.
The Man and the Obese Tabby are nemesises, but their struggle is not one of swords, sorcery, or other fantastic methods. No, theirs is a battle of words, a fight of gentlemanly means. Both seek the power of the Prize, a formless and unseen concept that drives both beings for dominance of their surreal world.
There are no armies, there are no guns. The battles fought are for personal discovery, the spoils are knowledge. There is a climactic battle, but one unlike anyone has ever portrayed in fiction.
Bizarro has been compared to the pulps of years gone by, fun and quirky but having little in the way of literary merit. Mr. Sakowski has managed to transcend this idea with this novel, and created what many academics might argue contains the marks of truly classic literature. Timeless in setting, themes, and plot devices while containing universally understandable and memorable characters.
Some Things Are Better Left Unplugged is a new modern myth, a tale deserving of careful scrutiny and study. Don't be surprised if this book becomes required reading for contemporary literature courses in the coming years. But don't be scared by its literary merit. Like all Bizarro, this tale is above all FUN!