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Sweetness #9

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,403 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
Fast Food Nation meets The Corrections in the brilliant literary debut T.C. Boyle calls "funny and moving."

David Leveraux is an Apprentice Flavor Chemist at one of the world's leading flavor production houses. While testing Sweetness #9, he notices that the artificial sweetener causes unsettling side-effects in laboratory rats and monkeys. But with his career and family at
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up to 3

Perhaps a seemingly rather harsh rating, but in accordance with Goodreads' rating descriptions, I found myself not solidly liking this book but liking it more than just an okay book. From the summary, I really wanted to like this book, but my expectations may have been misplaced. I expected a fictional narrative well interwoven with facts about the artificial food industry, similar to Fast Food Nation. While Clark does incorporate some, there wasn't as much nonfiction as
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sweetness #9 should have been a book that I loved. For one thing, I’m a huge fan of Food Inc and I can’t get enough of food documentaries in general. I’ve also read books about this topic too, including Fast Food Nation which is mentioned in the synopsis for Sweetness #9. However, it wasn’t until it was mentioned on the Colbert Report that I really wanted to read this novel.

After reading the synopsis and some of the reviews for it, I assumed that this would be my kind of book. I was expecting a
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book was all over the place, and in serious need of some tightening up of the plot. I really wanted to like this book based on the blurb, but it didn't live up to the promise of the premise.
This fictional book, themed on the new trend of bashing processed foods, while pushing a healthier diet, is supposed to be of the dark humor variety, but somehow is just misses the target and verges on the boring and dull, rather than the sharp and witty.

It has its moments but these come mostly at the
Melissa  I
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.....seriously everyone
Recommended to Melissa by: Goodreads and Little Brown First Reads
Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark by Stephan Eirik Clark

That was without question the quickest I've ever read a book. I'm generally a slower reader than many, however this book had my interests written 'all' over it. My words below still stand and then some....So Happy I was given a chance to read this book thanks to Little Brown and Goodreads First Reads program. Review a bit closer to expected release which is August 19, 2014 as it says on the back of the book.

Not my review....yet, but I just wanted to pop in to thank Littl
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC giveaway through Goodreads.
I gave this book three stars mostly due to the last chapter not being what I was hoping for. Otherwise it would have been a solid 4 star book.
What do obese monkeys, Hitler, and America's grocery stores have in common? Those are just a few of the random things in this book that connect together, however vaguely, throughout the book. The writing style is interesting, and kept my attention through most of the book. There were s
C. Purtill
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweetness #9 is an artificial sweetener not unlike aspartame (Nutrasweet) or saccharin (Sweet 'N Lo), both of which have had their share of bad press and negative health attributes. David Leveraux is a flavor chemist who is part of the team testing Sweetness #9 on rats and monkeys. He discovers the chemical is making the animals fat, lethargic, dumb, etc. but when he decides to play whistleblower, suddenly the animals are perfectly fine and he is fired rather than hailed as a hero. He gets anoth ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
It is a truth universally acknowledged—at least it should be—that the Western diet is crap. So it's ironic that I read Stephan Eirik Clark's Sweetness #9 just a month after reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. The book is a fictional memoir of a flavorist who did some of the original testing for an artificial sweetener back in the 1970s before suffering a qualm of conscience...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review con
Rosemary O'Neill
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I agree with Katie. Bogged down in the second half
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars - "You are what you eat."

Everyone knows that much of what many of us choose to eat isn't probably the most nutritious or most healthy of diets. The reasons why we choose one particular food over another, or have a preference for sweet or salty, or want something quick and easy are all those that companies who make flavorings want to "help" us with! The description of the book really is perfect when it reads -- "this book is a cross between FAST FOOD NATION and THE CORRECTIONS.
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Stephan Eirik Clark is the author of the novel Sweetness #9 (Little, Brown) and the short story collection Vladimir's Mustache (Russian Life Books), a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Book Award. He teaches at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
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