Bizarro Fiction is, apparently, a thing.
Co-worker flew in and thanked me for letting him borrow Niven/Pournelle’s Inferno (I told him “Dude, you’re supposed to give that to someone who will read it and then give it to someone else who will read it!” and he said that he didn’t know anybody like that… sigh) but he said “I brought you something!” and he handed me I Knocked Up Satan’s Daughter: A Demonic Romantic Comedy.
I admit to not having started it yet.
In doing some research into Bizarro, I found that the authors consider themselves to be part of the tradition of Gogol which, honestly, sounds really, really good to me. I mean, seriously. Gogol is one of those guys who writes some seriously old-school parables set in the modern day. Not parables that leave you saying “Oh, I see what the moral is!” but the old ones, the parables that leave you saying “I have no idea what the moral is” (or “the only morals of that story that make sense are bad ones”) but they get stuck in your head and you can’t help but glimpse flashes of those stories as you go throughout the little trivial interactions of the day.
But then I read that title again and think “Maybe I’ll just read Inferno or Viy again.”
So… what are you reading and/or watching?