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The Bohemian Guide to Monogamy
By Andrew Armacost
Bizarro Pulp Press / JournalStone Publishing
Reviewed by Jason Pettus
Although I'm always glad to have the opportunity to read another book of bizarro fiction, I have to admit that I don't actually have a lot to say about any of them; after all, the main defining trait of this subgenre is that it's like a zany cartoon come to life, so there's simply not much analysis to be done when it comes to determining whether the characters are realistic, whether the plot is believable, etc. Andrew Armacost's The Bohemian Guide to Monogamy, however, at least has the advantage of not even trying to tie its random chaos together into a coherent three-act storyline; it's simply presented as a series of short standalone pieces, cleverly tied together by the author standing in as a sort of Cryptkeeper-type anthology host in the interstitials between stories, under the pretense that he is at a cafe in Savannah, Georgia musing over each piece while also dealing with his supermodel wife and a snooty waiter who keeps bringing him the wrong celebrity-clones he's been ordering off the celebrity-clone menu. If that alone sounds like too much for you to handle, you should both stay far away from this book and from the bizarro genre in general; but if that sounds like an intriguing start to a rabbithole that just keeps getting weirder and sillier with each passing page, you'll definitely want to pick up this slim, enjoyable volume.
Out of 10: 8.2, or 9.2 for fans of bizarro literature