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The Fun We've Had

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Two lovers are adrift in a coffin on an endless sea. Who are they? They are him and her. They are you and me. They are rowing to salvage what remains of themselves. They are rowing to remember the fun we’ve had.

"Michael Seidlinger is a homegrown Calvino, a humanist, and wise and darkly whimsical. His invisible cities are the spires of the sea where we all sail our coffins
Paperback, 168 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Lazy Fascist Press (first published May 1st 2014)
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Richard Derus
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 6* of five

Yuletide gift-giving season...this is *perfect* 2015 gift for the smartest, wittiest person you know.

The Publisher Says: Two lovers are adrift in a coffin on an endless sea. Who are they? They are him and her. They are you and me. They are rowing to salvage what remains of themselves. They are rowing to remember the fun we've had.

My Review: The Doubleday UK meme, a book a day for July 2014, is the goad I'm using to get through my snit-based unwritten reviews. Today's prompt is
Michael Seidlinger
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I don't think it's any fun when an author shamelessly gives his book five stars but I'm still going to do it.
G.H. Eckel
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience with Seidlinger and wow, was it interesting! If you don't know the author, you can think of him as the Samuel Beckett of novelists. This novel is not standard fare, nor will it excite readers who are looking for plot, character arc, and action. It's more of a meditation about the human condition, the passing of love, and the passing of life.

A man and a woman are adrift in an infinite sea floating in a coffin. Well, right there you know the author is not talking about
Janie C.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I've read a book that moved me this deeply.  Though the story and its structure are both unusual and unconventional, the feelings and the underlying truths that are ultimately revealed are universal.  This is a look into the core of existence and our ties to those for whom we live.  It is an ocean in flux; one that begs to be explored.  Highest recommendations.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
There’s just something about the image on the front jacket of this novel that spoke to me. Those two hapless fuckers in that coffin, overwhelmingly surrounded by all that blue water, the title juxtaposed on top, THE FUN WE’VE HAD...

What the fuck is this book all about then?

Well, the cover and conceit basically comprise the entire plot: A nameless man and woman, in a coffin, floating on an endless ocean. That’s about it. That’s all that happens. Sound boring? It’s not.

The book is split into five
Jeremy Maddux
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm beginning to feel like The Fun We've Had was written specifically for me. Figuratively speaking. Seidlinger is adept at camouflaging a feeling, a doubt, a fear, painting over it with metaphor and as it hides there, it knows you can see it but continues to hide. He has nailed here what happens when you're infected with love for another individual. And there is no 'us' in this novel. There is only 'they', 'he', 'she', that's all it ever really is. Next time despair hits, this book could very w ...more
Alexandra Naughton
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I finished this book several weeks ago and it continues to haunt me like voices calling out from the waves.
If you want a slow paced break-up book that takes place in a coffin in the middle of a metaphoric ocean and has a beautiful writing style, then this book is for you.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I never know what I'm walking into when I pick up a new Seidlinger work. Every book is something different, something new. One thing I can trust at this point, though, is that I'm going to dig it. The patterns of personality that are clung to in context where they have no reason, if they ever did. The things that don't matter and are only relevant in the fact that their irrelevance must be recognized. This book is unsettling in an entirely different way, an unmoored way. Get ready to try to keep ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A dynamic and unique read, as I have come to expect from Seidlinger. Beautifully written in a sometimes disorienting style of prose, the premise is that a male and female as couple float indefinitely in a coffin in the middle of an endless ocean. Waves and the sharks are present as the voices of history's lovers and reminders of the demise, respectively.
We move through all real aspects of a long term relationship, fleshed out with no buffer here to make them easy to swallow: the balance of give
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
So reading this the first time was a bit tricky. There were lofty expectations, grandeur could sort of be seen peeking around corners distantly off. My friend spoke highly of it - said we had a lot in common, or at least w/r/t the things that mattered. But I also read suspiciously, always expecting some ulterior motive. I would read between lines. I would assume intent everywhere. If the book said something about "characters" or "plot", I would derive some convoluted meta-meaning from it and let ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Read 6/9/14 - 6/11/14
3 Stars - Recommended to readers who prefer allegorical, non linear, reflective literature
Pages: 168
Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press
Released: May 2014

Lazy Fascist, my friend, I love you, but sometimes your choice of literature confuses me. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with this book. But. I mean. Well, there's something a little not-quite-you about it. It's definitely less bizarre than your usual fare and far more out-of-body than I'm used to from you. If that makes s
J.S. Breukelaar
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Seidlinger’s stark, lyrical work is like a dream dialogue between Jean Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett, filtered through the voice of the Good Witch Glinda. A coffin floats on a desolate and sometimes blood-stained sea. There is occasional land in sight. There are occasional ghosts. There are inevitably sharks. The coffin is occupied by the strangely split consciousness of two lovers in borrowed bodies unable or unwilling to let go of the uncertain fun they’ve had, or relinquish an intimacy as ir ...more
Peter Tieryas
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed/recommended Michael Seidlinger’s The Fun We’ve Had at the McNeese Review. It is a mix of life, death, hate, love, a journey inside a coffin in the ocean, an allegory for the wars we wage against the inevitability of mortality. Like a modern Camus, nothing less than existence is at stake in Seidlinger’s latest voyage: “Each wave is its own feeling, rhythmic crashing of those that resist the tides… The waves are hellos; the incoming storm is the sincerest goodbye.” Sincerity, a struggle ...more
Janice Lee
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG. Yes. Just yes.
Full Stop
Aug 01, 2014 added it
Shelves: summer-2014

Review by Gabino Iglesias

Michael J. Seidlinger is one of those chameleonic writers who reinvent themselves for each book. With The Laughter of Strangers, his previous release with Lazy Fascist Press, he delivered a radical narrative in which a third omni-everything voice served as conscience, conspirator, and antagonist. After that effort, it would’ve been understandable if his next novel reverted to a more standard and less demanding format. That didn’t h
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
the fun we've had, offers, as a metaphor, a couple lost at sea floating in a coffin. their surroundings and the various threats the occupy that metaphor stand in for the tribulations of real life closeness and mergings of identities and the general slings and arrows of being part of a real relationship, where two people feel very intensely. while clever and at times, including the final moments, extraordinarily moving, the postmodern bag of tricks keeps the metaphor from ever feeling totally rea ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though the book is short and some pages aren't completely full, this book has a lot in it. Definitely be sure you're paying close attention as you're reading it. I'm not sure I would say the book is fun, or that I enjoyed it, but I would say that reading it was a good experience. Seidlinger makes you think about life, death, relationships, and does it while creating a strong fantasy with a clever story about two people taking turns on a coffin at sea.
Romney Wordsworth
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
If you look real close you will see the hidden meanings deep in the ocean. If you have trouble seeing them the sharks, sun, rain and sting rays will remind you. Love the cover. Not what I expected and am happy to say I'm glad to not have expected this great book.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Metaphysical, philosophical novella about purgatory. It was fun to read something different, but I didn't love it.

This was my pick for the Read Harder 2017 Challenge Micropress category.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Heart-breaking and powerful--yet an elixir for the broken heart. A rare experience to be had in life it is, to die so completely and live again and again
Nathaniel Tower
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michael J. Seidlinger's The Fun We've Had is part Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, part Barthelme's The Dead Father, and part something completely its own. This is meta-fiction at its finest. It's not over written or dead set on leading the reader through a pseudo-intellectual journey. Instead, Seidlinger engulfs the reader into the story of these characters to the point we realize we aren't reading fiction at all. This is a story of all our relationships, all our dreams, all our struggles, all our li ...more
Amber Fernie
I guess I didn't really understand it.
Ryan Bradford
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet concept, but didn't really feel the weight of the relationship in that most of the emotion was buried in an unnecessarily elaborate writing style.
Brian Asbury
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not the type of person to ask for reviews. Books are complicated because we live with them for weeks or months.

I liked what the author is getting at. It’s an examination of relationships.

I think it makes sense. It’s very honest of two people and the relationship between.
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MICHAEL J SEIDLINGER is a Filipino American author of My Pet Serial Killer, Dreams of Being, The Fun We’ve Had, and nine other books. He has written for, among others, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, and Publishers Weekly, and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. He is a social media coordinator for The Authors Guild, co-founder and member of the arts collective ...more

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