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The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  999 ratings  ·  267 reviews
From the bestselling and wildly imaginative novelist Mark Leyner, a romp through the excesses and exploits of gods and mortals.
High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister S
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Arthur Graham
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The phrase 'sugar frosted nutsack' occurs 3,385 times in The Sugar Frosted Nutsack (including this sentence)."

Ya know, I didn't fact-check that or anything, but I really don't doubt it.

This book, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, is really not The Sugar Frosted Nutsack that it claims to be on its surface. Or, to put it another way, the book, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, is not really the same thing as the sprawling, self-perpetuating, constantly layering, peeling, and reiterating epic, The Sugar Frosted
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B0nnie
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is not easily explained. It's best just to dive in and have a look. Here is the opening paragraph,
There was never nothing. But before the debut of the Gods, about 14 billion years ago, things happened without any discernable context. There were no recognizable patterns. It was all incoherent. Isolated, disjointed events would take place, only to be engulfed by an opaque black void, their relative meaning, their significance, annulled by the eons of entropic silence that
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David Katzman
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy artisanal bullshit
'Tis a book of opposites. Intellectual and low-brow. Erudite and juvenile. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is in-your-face postmodernism and self-referential to the max. Reminded me, in some ways, of a book by Goodreads author and infamous Scottish whippersnapper MJ Nichols. If you are new to Leyner and his comedy of the absurd, I recommend you start with My Cousin My Gastroenterologist instead. I still find MCMG to be his best and most startling work. I have enjoyed all his fiction to one degree or a ...more
Lauren
Feb 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

This book was making me literally lose my mind. My roommate had to talk me down from a mental breakdown while reading this....this...novel? It was so infuriatingly repetitive (which was intentional as the book actually used the phrase "excruciating redundancies" close to 100 times-if not more than).

For the first half, I was convinced that this was a capital 'I' Important book, but I had no idea why.
It was stressful and mind-numbing at the same time. I was
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Lee
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up for the sake of audacity and originality -- and the excitement/expectation/military-grade Gravy-like ecstasy I felt with my hands on a new Mark Leyner novel after a 15-year absence. I didn't mind that it's a looping, recursive epic, with excruciating redundancies, heavy-handed, stilted tropes and wearying cliches, overwrought angst, gnomic non sequiturs, off-putting adolescent scatology and cringe-inducing smuttiness, depraved tableaus and orgies of masturbation with all the ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Feb 03, 2012 added it
Recommends it for: Jacques Derrida, who I think recently married XOXO's second cousin.
Recommended to Nathan "N.R." by: DFW
Welcome back, Babe!

Five stars for our 21st century Homer. Blind, vagrant, drug-addled bards, indeed.

But I have a few complaints about this book:

a) The paper is too cheap. More of a mass market paperback paper than a nice cloth bound paper. Oh, and they trimmed the deckle edge. I hate that!

{NYT interview by Adam Sternbergh here which includes that classic Charlie Rose Show (which reminds me of the opening sequence of that documentary about Anvil) and a link to the Kakutani review of that contemp
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

It would not be off the mark to call Mark Leyner the "King of the Bizarro Authors," given that he is one of the only practitioners in the whole country of this "Monty Python meets Psychobilly" subgenre to regularly score lucrative contracts with large mainstream publishers, and to be featured in such natio
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Tony
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
THE SUGAR FROSTED NUTSACK. (2012). Mark Leyner. *.
This got a fairly good review in the NYTimes Book Review, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why. I have to admit that it didn’t pass my 50-page sniff test, other than it smelled bad from the outset. The author devised a silly set of gods who do silly things for no apparent reason. After fifty pages of this rambling attempt at humor, I gave up. I should have known better. On the jacket cover, there is a blurb by Gary Shteyngart (whoever h
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Justin
I won this book and wasn't going to read it and I wish I didn't waste 10mins of my life trying to. This book is just absolutely horrendous. From the beginning I was totally lost and 15 pages in I was like there's no way I'm reading anymore of this. It's total garbage and just a bunch of random crap with no logical reasoning of being mentioned whatsoever. I can be random but this guy abuses the privilege. The fact that a guy got this published and yet I as an author continue to struggle makes me ...more
Benjamin Obler
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, novel
To say this is funny is to say that Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, is inconsiderate of his populace. To say this is original is to say that audio technicians for Olympics coverage occasionally use orchestral pieces with somewhat sentimental string parts.

Mark Leyner is daring and talented and that rarest of literary figures: the iconoclast respected by all the stalwart critics. Try something new and different. Try this "fucked-up caffeinated cacophony...with all its excruciating redundancie
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Jenny
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won The Sugar Frosted Nutsack in a giveaway and was very excited because it sounded so interesting. After I won, I realized that it only had 2 stars here on Goodreads and all the reviews talked about how horrible it was...

Me? I thought it was awesome and gave it 4 stars. I'd give it 5 stars if my vocabulary was better. If Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman and a thesaurus got stoned (on Gravy) and had an orgy, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack would be the result. Forget your expectations and just sit back a
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David
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is wild. I don't think there is any other way to describe it. Inventive, metafictional, strange, funny, insightful, and such would all be good choices as well though. There are so many weird things linked together in this novel, god myth structures, pop culture mass consciousness, and more. It's impossible to classify yet it is amazingly enjoyable to read. Leyner is truly writing out on his own here, though it is a blast to follow along.
Jim Elkins
Oct 09, 2012 added it
Shelves: american
Pathological Fear of Boredom, and Its Relation to Humor

Mark Leyner's book got a lot of media attention in 2012, partly because it was a "comeback" effort, and partly because he is associated with the generation that includes David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen. (Apparently there is a YouTube video of an old episode of "Charlie Rose" with Leyner, Wallace, and Franzen as the guests, made before Franzen was widely known.)

The reviews I have seen praise Leyner mainly for going there: he says th
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Gabriel
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jenna
May 26, 2012 is currently reading it
I've never read Mark Leyner before, but I couldn't resist a title like The Sugar Frosted Nutsack. What a perfectly snarky phrase. Here's a sample from the opening chapter describing the arrival of the hungover elitist GODS to an empty earth.


And because they were omniscient and so tight knit, 
they could be very adolescent and pretentious in the way they
flaunted their superiority. It wouldn't be unusual for a God to use
Ningdu Chinese, Etruscan, Ket (a moribund language spoken by just
five hundred
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Matt
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perhaps the best way I’ve come up with to describe The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is as if Hesiod’s Theogony was being read out to you by someone who has just taken ecstasy and stayed up all night watching cartoons, or if The Rape of the Lock was made into a Pixar movie and set in the world of the Jersey Shore. I’d whole-heartedly recommend everyone reading the prologue of the book at least, some of which has been hosted online by Vice Magazine. Here, Leyner lays out his new pantheon of gods, who hav ...more
Jonique
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is just bad period. I really wanted to give this a try however maybe I made the mistake of reading this after reading one Stephen King book and then starting another one to keep my brain from running out of my ears. you know maybe if I read something good in between the pages that actually drove me to hit myself on the head because of the sheer stupidity or utter nonsense I could get to the point or end rather Sorry bud nothing doing. I do not think you are some huge genius because you use ...more
Melissa
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I understand this is not supposed to be a "normal" book. I get the symbolism of the repetitive nature, making it sound like the chorus in a real song, the references to Freud, etc. I get that nonlinear storytelling is "cool" these days. I get that mile-a-minute pop culture references are supposed to pass for humor. And I get the dichotomy between the completely vapid content and the stuffy language of the faux-academic analyses. This book is trying to be edgy and hip and different. But what it's ...more
Brian
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
If you've never read Mark Leyner, this book is not the place to start. Having stepped away from fiction writing for 15 years, this work feels like Leyner is running as fast as he can to catch-up with his last work (which I found pretty amazing) "The Tetherballs of Bouganville". There were a few times in the book where I just gave up on everything: the story, the characters, the irony, the satire - it just felt like the jumbled mind of a lunatic.

If it is true that there is a razor's edge between
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zxvasdf
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack sits on the bookseller’s shelves, its stalwart spine erect, its freshly pressed pages waving gently in the air conditioning in a silent artifice of shikantaza as panting bibliophiles masturbate on the floor from the broadest horizon of the vanishing point as they imbue The Sugar Frosted Nutsack with the pearly shimmer of their devotion.

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is a self-aware entity of infinite transmogrifying digressions emanating from two or three concrete images whi
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Chrissie
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a huge comeback for Markie - I think it will be amazing for the people who love his writing to have this new book in the oeuvre and it should also be a good way for new readers to see that Leyner can write like no one else. It's a landmark book - for the faithful and for the people who are lucky enough to stumble upon it or have the fortunate serendipity to be introduced to Leyner's Nutsack.

Any time a writer breaks the mold the way Leyner likes to, it makes for great art, the way Burrou
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Dave White
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Mark Leyner's The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is about a metatextual epic that absorbs and incorporates everything that comments on it, to the point where the only thing left of the original are fragments buried in reams of nonsensical pomo lit theory jargon. It's an interesting premise, but one that doesn't really lend itself to a novel-length exploration. By the time you reach page 30 it's already starting to feel a bit sweaty, by page 240 it's definitely outworn its welcome. At times I was nonpluss ...more
BookGuys
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's like Douglas Adams swallowed a thesaurus!

Loved this book!
Chelsea Martinez
Aug 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think at a different age I would have enjoyed this but a year of Donald Trump running for president has made bloviating crotch-obsession lose its luster for me, regardless of cleverness.
Jenny
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
oh dear God. No. Just, no. I feel like someone just bleached my brain. I think I'll stick with Douglas Adams and Dirk Gentry for my nonlinear absurdia.
nostalgebraist
This is roughly what John Barth's novella cycle Chimera would be if it were actually funny. Which is to say, it's pretty good!
Melissa T
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
*****PLEASE NOTE THAT I WON THIS BOOK THROUGH GOODREADS FIRST READS PROGRAM****

This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings: http://midnight-orchids.blogspot.com/...

One of the most bizarre, utterly ridiculous books I've ever read.


I don't even know how to begin this review. First off, let me tell you that this book is one of the most ridiculous, pointless things I have ever read.

The first thirty pages talk over and over about various gods who are in charge of random things, lik
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Jordan
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Schizophrenics, Sarahs-Plain-and-Tall
It's entirely reasonable to hate this book.
I don't hate it, but I can understand.

Mark Leyner has unleashed upon the world a version of American Gods, but as told by that one guy on the bus dressed in bed sheets. It's a dense, near-incomprehensible look at the world as created by a van of misfit gods and goddesses after the mother of all hangovers. Their obsession, and the focus of this oral tale performed by drug-addled bards, is Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher who dreams of suicide-by-cop an
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thewestchestarian
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'd like some of whatever the author ingested. Somewhere in the "Weird" section of your local bookstore lies the intriguing titled but not executed "The Sugar Frosted Nutsack". The book hints at Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" with its heavy use of silly names and false anthropology (instead of aliens as in "Hitchhiker's" the beings messing with humans and each other are gods). The book also hints at William Burrough's non-linear, often sexually charged trippy imagery instead o ...more
Kevin Paul Dicks
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Meta as hell, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is one of those books that is about itself. And it is extremely well done. Yes, there is a plot. There are the Gods, and Ike Karton, a high-rise in Dubai, all the stuff in the synopsis, and so very much more. But the book is, essentially, about the story; the story is the main character. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, while intentionally punishingly repetitive (the phrase "punishingly repetitive" is, according to the book, used 251 times in the text), is funny ...more
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Mark Leyner is an American postmodernist author.

Leyner employs an intense and unconventional style in his works of fiction. His stories are generally humorous and absurd: In The Tetherballs of Bougainville, Mark's father survives a lethal injection at the hands of the New Jersey penal system, and so is freed but must live the remainder of his life in fear of being executed, at New Jersey's discret
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“It's the same thing that makes all pop music so heartbreaking. Even when Miley Cyrus sings "So I put my hands up, they're playin' my song / The butterflies fly away / I'm noddin' my head like 'Yeah!' / Movin' my hips like 'Yeah!'" in her song "Party in the U.S.A." It's that chirping mirth against a backdrop of despair, that juxtaposition of blithe optimism against all the crushing brutalities and inadequacies of life. The image of an ineffably beautiful butterfly flitting by the shattered windows of a dilapidated, abandoned factory is not so poignant because it highlights the indomitable life force. To the contrary, the butterfly (and the pop song) is like a PowerPoint cursor; it's there to whet our perception of and strengthen our affinity for what's moribund, for what's always dying before our eyes. Loving the moribund is our way of signaling the dead from this shore: "We are your kinsmen...” 5 likes
“Are the Gods real or is Ike Karton just crazy? And the answer is: Yes.” 2 likes
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