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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories - Yasutaka Tsutsui ☆☆☆☆★ -- SALMONELLA MEN starts strong and then weakens, as the surrealist Beaudrillard social critique and psychological-mind games give way to simple narratological hooks. it almost seems as if the translator acquired the foreign rights story by story, as there's almost a precise diminution of quality. what starts off with stories that could be effortless critiques of Japanese and/or Western society / the world slowly gives way to apparently more careless material, until by the end you're plodding rather than floating along. satirical send-ups of regimented Japanese society and/or surrealist multi-layered text slowly decreases in urgency and impact.

Tsutsui's work PAPRIKA was turned into a cartoon, and GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a cult favorite of the Comic-con set, so his work does have some cross-cultural appeal, although nothing breakthrough yet. a writer of mixed output, but the fascinating original first 2/3rds does carry the book through on their own merits, from the man who finds media commenting on his daily life to the people living on a sky-island that might be slowly tilting...