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"I'm a connoisseur of the unwanted; a sommelier of deformity; a coveter of the unloved. I am forever chased by the shadow of my ugliness. In darkness, no shadow remains, and it's all diamonds."

Buddy Hayes is an ugly, defiant little man, a would-be Don Juan trapped in Quasimodo's body. He lives with his mother and ailing grandfather in a decaying, post-industrial city. The
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Published July 24th 2018 by Turner Publishing
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Rebecca L.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book months ago and the narrative has still stuck with me. Yetto's writing is both absurdist and surreal. I couldn't decide if I wanted to be best friends with Buddy or give him a severe lecture- Perhaps a bit of both?

Yetto's work defies easy explanation and doesn't fit well into established genre norms. His writing a is unique blend of absurdist humor, existential angst, nihilism, and surreal subversions of one's expectations.

Throughout the book I was frequently appalled and
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This is definitely not a YA, and this is not for everyone, but if you like the irreverent satires of Christopher Moore, this is for you. It is adult humor, frat boy bawdiness, sexual depravity and funny from the start. The voice of Buddy Hayes (Don Juan in Quasimodo's body) is just hard to walk away from and I feel a little ashamed about that.
Erin Cataldi
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Really this book is 4.5 stars because I doubt I'll be able to stop thinking about it anytime soon. Imagine if Confederacy of Dunces had a love child with Pornhub and Tumblr. Thankfully the main character is more redeemable and likable than Ignatius, but there are many similarities between the two. Buddy is twenty-eight years old and still living with his mother and grandfather. Since his Puppa has become too aged and decrepit to take care of himself, Buddy has taken over as the man of the ...more
Max Nemtsov
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Лояльные читатели сравнивают этот роман с произведениями Криса Мура (видимо, потому, что Крис его проэндорсил), но сказать по правде, ничего общего у этих двух авторов нет. «Соммелье» начинается как монолог околомиллениального апгрейда Игнациуса Ж. Райлли, как если бы тот вдруг оказался в романе кого-нибудь из авторов гениального издательства «Контемпорари Пресс» или в песне Петра Мамонова «Серый голубь». Хотя мы понимаем, что пропэтченный Игнациус — это, по сути, Шелдон Купер. Поэтому набросы ...more
david c boyer
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I was laughing so hard that I was crying and couldn’t see well enough to keep reading. The main character, Buddy, gives us a lovable but flawed hero who’s inability to fit neatly into today’s society makes him both compelling and painful to root for. Toeing that line, Yetto sets the stage with the hilarious and romantic imagery of an anachronistic misfit family that Buddy somehow guides despite his own bizarre interests and social shortcomings. I adore this book and how it’s satire ...more
Cavan Bligh
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This debut manages to be both a colorful and a dark satire all at once. Our protagonist, Buddy (a strange but wonderful amalgamation of Tyrion Lanister, Cyrano de Bergerac, Steve Wozniak and your local town pervert) leads us through the decaying and rusting streets of Ilium, a once-prosperous New York town, for various rendezvous' with deformed and ugly lovers who have been tossed aside and forgotten by everyone else. While he is condescending and overbearing towards those who truly love him, ...more
Charlotte Scales
This book is for people who like to feel slightly uncomfortable. It’s smart and tricky and... how is it that I found myself loving a hideous, weird, crooked, racist masturbator? I don’t know how Nick Yetto did it, but he did. And I enjoyed every minute of it.
Dale B Jackson
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sommelier of Deformity is Nick Yetto’s first novel, but it reads like the great works of J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, and Woody Allen. Rarely does a timeless character like Salinger’s Holden Caulfield come along. But, here, 67 years later, comes Buddy Hayes who you are going to remember for a long time.

Written in the first person of Buddy Hayes, the story unfolds disguised as humor. However, the universal themes and the early realization that his alienation is a form of
Shay Huntzicker
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was like reading an adult version of one of my favorite books in middle school, only even better. It kept me guessing, laughing & imagining. Buddy is some kind of guy. I can’t help but want to know what he’s up to next.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. When I first read the book’s description, it lead me to believe this would be a seedy story about some weirdo’s sexual shenanigans. Yes, there are bits about his casual sexcapades and desires, but that’s not really the gist of the story, it just gives it some extra spice. Buddy, the main character and narrator of the story, is indeed a strange man - both in his looks and personality. He’s a 28-year old entrepreneur who lives with his mother and grandfather in “Ilium”, NY (which ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Review; Sommelier of Deformity

It always seems one must trade something of value when being asked to buy into a humorous novel. Wit at the expense of heart. Postmodernist gibberish in lieu of the concrete. Caricatures for character. Nick Yetto's sublimely funny Sommelier of Deformity is the rare exception.

Hard-bop/upscale jazz narration with a working-class ethos. Acknowledgement of the real, yet teetering on the precipice of fantasy. Nods to the brewing cultural war without the
Jenifer Greenwell
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this book (uncorrected proof) from Turner Publishing and it has become my favorite book! Great cast of characters, especially Buddy Hayes, who at first I wasn't sure I was going to like (or who I even WANTED to like), grew on me and hasn't left my heart or head since finishing the book. The rest of the characters were just as wonderful and engaging. The story grabs you by the small hairs on the back of your neck and yanks you in and just won't let go. Nick Yetto has an amazing talent and I ...more
Meghan Elizabeth
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this is my new favorite book. I enjoyed reading every page of this book. While this was a venture outside of my typical tastes in literature, I am grateful I made the change. Yetto’s ability to vividly describe both the characters and the scene is second to none. You will find yourself rooting for a character you are not sure you actually like, but doing so nonetheless. This novel encompasses many important themes to our current culture. You won’t be sorry you invested your time ...more
Dylan Baldwin-Delaney
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a unique feeling living in the "fictional" setting of the book you're reading. I live in a three story brownstone in Troy, NY; Buddy Hayes lives in a three story brownstone in Ilium (Latin for Troy), NY. We both frequent the robust farmers market and our house(s?) are on the city's summer garden tour. This is the entire reason I picked up the book. I stuck around for the fringe strangeness, the conversational writing style, the humor in Buddy's completely out-of-touch lifestyle, and his ...more
I stopped reading it because I was offended by the description in the intro of a woman with a behind like, "a urban postal worker."

The bigotry and misogyny of the main character is simply vile. What a disappointment. I did try a few more chapters to see if it got better. It didn't.

I picked up the book from the New Releases display at the library. It sounded like a really interesting tale. I'll never know.
Donna Rentfrow
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the funniest books I've ever read. Nick Yetto's descriptive writing is excellent and keeps the reader in every room and all places in the book. Buddy is a "crackerjack" character one will always remember.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a great slapstick read. It's entertaining and funny and bordering on the absurd but at the same time, you can't help but love the characters. Intelligent comedic read. Great debut by this author. I wonder what he'll come up with next.
Amber Johnson
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a book that I wont be able to stop thinking about. His descriptions and the way his character says and acts is very intersting and binge read worthy
Karen Slates
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I find it hard to gather words to fully describe this book. The writing style is delightful and the story riotous. Totally a crazy pleasure to read.
Mary Graves
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hysterical. Smart. Big hearted.
Michelle Kenneth -
[Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.]

Nick Yetto's debut novel is a Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) meets Ignatius J. Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces) world of Don Quixotes.

I will admit that I was a bit shocked by what I read. This is such a guy book. I didn't really like the main character, Buddy Hayes...but he grew on me.

Buddy Hayes is an ugly little man with a crooked back. He lives with his mom and his ailing
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fivestarfav
I wasn't sure what to make of this novel at first but it didn't take long to lose myself in the story. The main character, Buddy Hayes, is one of a kind. His honesty and determination to live his life absolutely on his terms alone are admirable. When Buddy's grandfather has a new nurse tending to him, it's the beginning of a beautiful partnership that Buddy's mom encourages without hesitation. In addition to the main characters, there are countless others and many of them are unique in some way. ...more
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Nick Yetto is making his major literary debut. He started his career as Senior Web Producer for Car and Driver magazine, and has worked as an independent web designer/developer for the past twelve years.
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