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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno by Yasutaka Tsutsui
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Dec 29, 08

bookshelves: japanese-lit, shortstories
Read in December, 2008

Well, this was weird. I really liked some of the stories in this collection—and I deeply loathed others. “The Very Edge of Happiness,” for example, is a brilliant and chilling piece of social commentary; “The World Is Tilting,” however, is one of the most misogynistic pieces of crap I’ve suffered through all year. What am I supposed to do with that?

You know, I really hate that I’m even in the position to have to review half of what I read from the perspective of my angry ovaries; I start to feel like the girl who cried sexism. On the other hand… THERE ARE WOLVES EVERYWHERE. HIDE YOUR SONS! ARM YOUR DAUGHTERS! I’m just going to keep beating on this thing until it goes away.
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message 1: by Louis (new)

Louis I adore the title and the cover. Let me know how the actual content is, yeah?


Trin Absolutely! It's surrealist short stories. So far I like them but don't love them. I think you would find the collection worth reading, though. You can borrow it!


message 3: by Sarra (new)

Sarra I'm impressed that you made it through the whole book. I couldn't get past the main male character in the first story threatening to rape the young woman in his dream, coercing her into having sex with him by doing so. I just kept thinking, "What IS this? Is this supposed to be light or funny? It's NEITHER." Angry ovaries indeed.


Christopher Thanks for a really entertaining review. I think a lot of Japanese stories culturally flop in the west. Many Chinese stories also. But, like many of these stories, your review really made me smile :-). Me? I happen to love the first half of the book, and am looking forward to the rest.


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