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SubSurdity: Vignettes from Jasper Lane

(Vignettes from Jasper Lane #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Jasper Lane is a well-off neighborhood, not much different in appearance than most, with a tree-lined drive, manicured lawns, and crystal clear ponds. But underneath the pleasantry, a completely different world lurks.

Cassie Bloom, the grand dame of Jasper Lane, has a missing son and husband and throws gay porn parties that are the social events of the year. Her best friend
ebook, 226 pages
Published August 2009 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 21st 2007)
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May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lmao, favorites, loved-it
BRILLIANTIFIC. This book was just that. Jasper Lane...Man, what a place. I loved that in Jasper Lane what you think you know from watching the world go by from your front lawn, is NEVER EVER what it seems.

This book was smart, witty and had quite the bite. This was not silly humor, oh no no, Eric Arvin was saying something with this story. The good old people of Jasper Lane seemed grotesque, overblown and scathing, and not just the Right Wing Nutties, there was absurdity and pettiness in everyon
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, rereads, lmao, mf, eric-arvin
Eric Arvin gives me fits when I try to figure out where to put his books. They never fit neatly on any of my shelves to the point, I gave up and made him his own. As a matter of fact, I'm officially making Eric Arvin a verb. When a book is so confounding to the point I can't qualify it, the author Eric Arvined that shit. *sigh*

This author has yet to write a book that didn't impress the hell out of me. His characters are unique and interesting and the stories are entertaining.I don't know when I
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: porn-industry
I actually feel sorry for rating this story so low. It was an extremely entertaining read with LOTS of quirky, funny and unique characters. Although the book was too short to dive deep into each of the characters’ lives, the story gave an interesting overview of the inhabitants of Jasper Lane (any similarities to Wisteria Lane are pure coincidence, of course).

Rick, who moved in with his friends in Jasper Lane after he left his boyfriend following an incident with said ex-boyfriend that cost him
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the inside cover of this book are several quotes from reviews. Most often these are ignored or skipped over but one caught my attention right off “... a gay Desperate Housewives.” I immediately wondered what I had gotten myself into with this book and I came to find out that quote is completely apt. This hilarious spoof depicts a seemingly peaceful, quaint neighborhood that beneath the surface is teaming with drama and gossip. The story shifts from person to person as the everyday angst of li ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was bitch-ass-CRAZY but I loved it! This is my second book from Eric Arvin and this one was honestly right up my alley! It was so entertaining and funny the entire time and each character was so well developed. They all had very unique personalities and I enjoyed spending over 200 pages with all of them. First of all - thank you Eric for writing an M/M book that is not an insta-love 100 page novella. Finally a book with some real meat on its bones!

Usually I spend some time talking abou
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To review, but HILARIOUS.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this author and his writing style. I know going into anything that he's written that it will be a blast. His sense of humor comes through in almost everything he writes. I actually found myself giggling throughout the entire book. I never giggle. :)

This has the kookiest cast of characters I have ever seen. There is the religious fanatic and her sheltered son and psycho mother, the boys, 3 roommates who live on the same street, the ex-army man who jogs arou
Brandon Witt
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SubSurdity was such a fun, ridiculous ride! A ride full of every cliché (intentional) imaginable. That alone would typically spell disaster. However, with great writing and irrepressible heart, each character was lovingly endearing, interesting, and human. Even the ‘ultra-evangelical’, who so often is only used to play the villain was a sympathetic character—one you grew to care for. Her elderly mother is spying from the bushes despite her explosive flatulence! Really, can it get better than tha ...more
Cole Riann
I had a blast reading this book. I have a feeling that I'll be reading it many times in the future, which is a big deal for me. I almost never re-read. I would love to see this as a movie. It's totally a classic!

I can't wait to find out what happens in Suburbilicious :)
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how versatile Eric Arvin is. The first book I read of his was Woke up in a Strange Place, one of the most beautiful and compelling adventures in the after-life I've ever read. Then The Rest Is Illusion which was very highbrow, and existentially Metaphysical. Next was Simple Men which was kind of Eh for me, even though it was an important story. Almost Last was Galley Proof which was a hard read but by the end had me in tears.

Now we have Subsurdity: Vignettes from Jasper Lane, which is the
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hilarious, witty, biting, fun. Loved it. Desperate Housewives meets Tales of the City. I giggled so many times that I couldn't stay in the foul mood I was in when I started reading. It's a light-hearted, well-written pick me up with characters that are archetypes on acid. I will definitely be picking up Suburbilicious the next day I need a really good laugh.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol-d
Another one of those writers that I cannot eat or drink while reading on pain of choking. Really fun read with lovable and hate-able characters. Can't wait to start the next book.
Roger Hyttinen
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jasper Lane appears to be a typical middle-class neighborhood complete with manicured lawns and manicured wives. However, once we go behind the scenes and meet the residents of Jasper Lane, we quickly discover that Jasper Lane is anything but typical. We meet all sorts of zany and complicated characters:

- Religious fanatic Melinda Gold and her "flatulent" mother (who is even more of a religious kook than Melinda)
- Melinda's son Patrick who is suffocating from his mother's oppressive rules relig
Lil' Grogan
Plastic with some heart to it. Mainly failed because I didn't find it funny. Simplistic stories and caricatures didn't work for me, even as satire bordering on farce. Should have been warned off by Desperate Housewives description. Disappointed after Slight Details & Random Events.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
This was so awesome! I laughed and laughed! Only a talented author can make you fall in love with a whole community of characters in a couple hundred pages. And what a varied community it was! Straight couples, gay couples, singles, young and old! My only complaint is that I wanted to know more about Vera! Hopefully in the next one!
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to DeeNeez by: Laura
What a hoot! Jasper Lane is the gay version of Wisteria Lane of Desperate Housewives. Lots of laughs, and I mean the laugh out loud type of humor. There are so many characters and they were all great. My top favorites are: Terrence the over the top flaming queen, and David and Clifford as a couple. I can't wait to read what happens next.
Hank Edwards
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Eric Arvin's wicked sense of humor. He created a fun, diverse cast of characters and managed all the storylines well, keeping me interested, amused, and, at times, turned on. A great read and I'm going to be reading more of this author.
Elisa Rolle
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2009 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so fun, with great loveable characters.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a hoot and a half! Somehow it managed to be utterly absurd, but also incredibly sweet. It's a big cast of characters, and I got sucked in right away. I want to live on Jasper Lane.
Cheryl Anne Gardner
Snooty, sexually repressed, self-righteous, bible-beating suburban lawn Nazi Melinda Louise Gold has the perfect suburban life: perfect hair, perfect clothes, and a house that just screams, “Look at me!” Life couldn’t be more perfect on Jasper Lane. And then James moved into the neighbourhood with his running shorts and exposed nipples, adding just one too many half-naked gay men to her perfect paradise. But sometimes the illusion of paradise is just that, what goes on behind closed doors may no ...more
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-fiction
In suburbia, the residents of Jasper Lane seem to live rather idillic lives with immaculate gardens, barbecues, chats over the fence and jogging. But, beneath the shiny neighborly halos lurk much more delicious goings on and some less than sterling behavior.

The initial chapters unfold around the image of a young man jogging down the street, with each residents experience of this leading the reader through the intricate, entwined lives of the people who live on Jasper Lane. The author has a smart
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This was a very fast read. It resembles Desperate Housewives, with more gay characters. As the title says, the narration is no traditional, there are vignettes, often made up especially of dialog. We rarely get very close to the characters, but at the same time I couldn't help sympathize with them.

There is a love for the absurd that appealed to me very much and that made this an engaging read. I couldn't put it down. The choice of the narration was at the same time winning, because it condensed
This book is just about exactly like reading an episode of Desperate Housewives. Why I thought I would enjoy it when I don’t watch the show escapes me but the premise sounded interesting. I like this author and wanted to give it a chance, but for every clever turn of phrase I came across, I had to trudge through characters and storylines that were just clichéd, tedious and uninteresting. Plus, not sure if this was the authors intent, but I kept feeling sympathy for the villain of the piece-Melin ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-bytes, m-m
I’d never before read a book that made me feel resentful and jealous. SubSurdity changed that. Why, you may ask, was I experiencing these ill emotions? Did I covet Melinda Gold’s perfectly manicured lawn? Did I wish I was blessed with Sandy Jones’s impressively abundant rack? Did I want to replace Patrick Gold as the filling in that gay man sandwich? Hmmm, actually…

No, what I’m sinfully lusting after is a house on Jasper Lane. Why can’t the street I live on be like Jasper Lane? It’s actually a b
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Put your tongue in your cheek, suspend reality checks and enjoy a slapdash soap opera of misdeeds, misadventures, risky ventures, a crime of passion, new experiences - and one nasty old lady.
Don't expect this to resemble reality. I found it amusing and enjoyed the reference to Mrs Slocombe. Terrence becoming attached to Hot UPS Guy was funny too. And I did chuckle when the odious Nanna tried to escape in the golf cart (though Patrick should have a more secure hiding spot). There are a lot of cha
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an entertaining read. Someone described it as a m/m desperate housewives/wisteria lane tale. I quite agree. The writing is very tongue in cheek. I quite enjoyed it and the characters. However, I tend to give higher scores to stories that I remember afterward and to be honest, even though I read it a month ago, I just can't remember too much of the plot.

This is not to say that it is a bad story. Try it and you will find yourself well entertained. It did not leave too much impression on me
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think Desperate Housewives combined with Tales Of The City and you will understand what you're getting when you start reading the first of this fun read...We meet the neighbors of Jasper Lane, a diverse fun bunch who truly care about each other.In this fun group we meet Melanie Gold, an outsider who is all about appearances and narrow -minded religious views.Mel is repressed and joyless woman, in a marriage were the husband isn't seen, a mother who is as cruel as she is flatulent and a teenaged ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book greatly exceeded my expectations. Arvin adds depth and perspective to the modern suburb drama. Who knew the diversity and similarities hide behind the manicured lawns and perfect homes? Mother and son bond over oppressive standards. 'The Boys,' steadfast friends, who stand together in the face of boyfriends, fatherhood and gay for pay porn. Neighbors who will even help you hide the body. Awesome book! Can't wait to see what Arvin writes next.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Reggie
It's hard to say what I loved best about this book but I think I have to say it's a tie between the author's vivid imagination and his sense of humor. This was a wonderful, campy romp through a warped Peyton Place. The characters were complex and many and the incidents were both bizarre and humorous.

From neighborhood porn parties to Nana's gas-ripping spying on her grandson, this one is indescribable and unforgettable. If you need a laugh, read this.
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Eric Arvin resided in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up. He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History. He has lived, for brief periods, in Italy and Australia. He has survived brain surgery and his own loud-mouthed personal demons. Eric is the author of WOKE UP IN A STRANGE PLACE, THE MINGLED DESTINIES OF CROCODILES & MEN, SUBSURDITY, SIMPLE MEN, and various ...more

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