Rob Brunner
March 23, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mark Leyner
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Fifteen years after his last novel, cult author Mark Leyner returns with another blast of amped-up postmodern razzle-dazzle. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is about Ike Karton, an out-of-work butcher who’s manipulated by a host of all-powerful gods. Or maybe it’s about Ike imagining the gods, working through endless thought streams in some kind of deranged hall-of-mirrors inner monologue. Or it could be about one of the gods’ epic battle with the book itself, or…well, it’s complicated. TSFN is somehow both hilarious and extremely tedious — exhausting, puerile, and just brilliant enough to keep you from throwing it across the room. B+

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