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99 Erics: a Kat Cataclysm faux novel

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Kat Cataclysm is an ethically non-monogamous bisexual woman and absurdist short fiction writer who embarks upon writing a book called 99 Erics, chronicling her experiences dating ninety-nine different people named Eric. The book is largely comprised of humorous anecdotes from Kat's dates with various Erics; satirical takes on relationships, sexual conventions, language, th ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Switch Hitter Press (first published January 22nd 2020)
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Charlie Anders
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A lot of people probably just know Julia Serano as a brilliant trans activist who pours her energy and brilliance into challenging the latest nonsense from fauxminists and right-wing dingbats. But Julia’s also a wonderful poet and songwriter — I’ve been lucky enough to see her perform many times over the years, and to share a stage with her on a few occasions. She has a wonderfully offbeat, goofy sense of humor, which you can hear in some of her songs with Bitesize and * soft vowel sounds *. And ...more
TimInCalifornia
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Smart, fast, and funny reading.

I was passingly familiar with Serano, having seen her read once or twice before, probably at pride day in San Francisco. I live on the peninsula and you might think I'd go to pride in the city every year but it's more like every fifth year or so. In any case, I remember resonating with her writing but this is the first full length book of hers I've read.

99 Erics is self-described absurdist fiction. The story is comprised of a series of episodes in the protagonist
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Abbey Darling
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happens when you date 99 Erics in hopes of learning something about writing conflict? A lot actually. 99 Erics is a series of stream of thought anecdotes in the life of Kat Cataclysm. As such the when the jokes land it's a riot, but there are some superfluous moments where I was left wondering when it would pick up again. Thankfully the humor weighs out and keeps the ride going.

"99 Erics: A Kat Cataclysm faux novel" is a light, humorous novel with some surprising insights about life, queern
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Jan
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whip-smart, drop-dead-funny metafiction by Oakland trans-bi activist writer Julia Serano.
Paige  McLoughlin
When I saw this on Scribd by Julia Serano being described as an Absurdist Novel I thought I was in for something way more Germanic and angsty full of existential dread and peering into abysses and all that. This was more fun than that. It reminded me more of a stand-up comic getting a little artsy. Good fun. I enjoyed it.

Just gonna drop a link here.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfO3...
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Danielle
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Having read Julia Serrano's Whipping Girl, this book is nothing like that. This is a fun, self-referencing, absurdist novel. The writing style is entertaining, easy to follow, full of humor but rant-ish at times, and could do without some of the katsplaining that fills some chapters.

So, while I deeply enjoy the general tone and execution, it does feel a bit overplayed and not enough for a book this long (probably better suited for absurdist short stories rather than faux novels). There is only
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Abigail
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I don’t want to live in a world where it’s merely safe for people to be gay. I want to live in a world where it’s okay for people to be unabashed unapologetic weirdos."

I don't know how I found this novel- it was absurd and hilarious. The chapter on banana slugs KILLED ME. Especially since I have seen one in person.

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Jaina Bee
i had something really clever to say about how much i enjoyed this book, but i forgot. it was really funny! never mind, this book is even funnier, and will satisfy all of your reading needs between two covers. Math, molluscs, sex, math sex, mollusc sex, poetry slams and time travel!
Paige McLoughlin
When I saw this on Scribd by Julia Serano being described as an Absurdist Novel I thought I was in for something way more Germanic and angsty full of existential dread and peering into abysses and all that. This was more fun than that. It reminded me more of a stand-up comic getting a little artsy. Good fun. I enjoyed it.

Just gonna drop a link here.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfO3...
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Isabelle
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was meta-as-fuck and hilarious and I really liked it (might have benefited from me reading it over a longer period of time, though)
Amber
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book to review.
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Bisexual chaos and a lot of slug content
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Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, biologist, and activist. She is best known for her 2007 book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, which readers of Ms. Magazine ranked #16 on their list of the “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her other nonfiction books include 2013’s Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements Mo ...more

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