Breakfast of Champions

By Kurt Vonnegut,

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Discover Vonnegurt's funny absurdist novel about the human condition.

'Outrageous, witty, thought-provoking, unputdownable, scintillating, invigorating, ennobling, enlightening and masterly' Spectator

In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum…

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Breakfast of Champions is a surreal satire that addresses themes of sex, pollution, racism, mental health, desperation, and hypocrisy complete with crude and often comical illustrations drawn by Vonnegut himself.

What enthralled me most—and set this book apart from many of his other works (and just about anyone else’s)—was his use of third-person omniscient to remind the reader that he is the creator of this story and in complete control of the characters and situations.

I was thoroughly entertained when he veered off on amusing tangents or took pause to explain some of his plot decisions. A refreshing read!

Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions is a masterpiece. But its genius snuck up on me, due to its unconventional form and not-immediately-obvious plot.

The language is deceptively simple, the chapters are short, and it’s filled with hand-drawn illustrations. Also, although it deals with many big themes—including racism, sexism, death, capitalism, and mental illness—it took a while for that to become obvious. What starts out like a collection of unique character studies ends up coming together as a magnum opus about the troubling state of American society in the 1970s.

Note: I had to stop a few times to remember that…

Alpha Max

By Mark A. Rayner,

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What is my book about?

Maximilian Tundra is about to have an existential crisis of cosmic proportions.

When a physical duplicate of him appears in his living room, wearing a tight-fitting silver lamé unitard and speaking with an English accent, Max knows something bad is about to happen. Bad doesn’t cover it. Max discovers he’s the only human being who can prevent the end of the world, and not just on his planet! In the multiverse, infinite Earths will be destroyed.

Alpha Max

By Mark A. Rayner,

What is this book about?

★★★★★ "Funny, yet deep, this is definitely worth venturing into the multiverse for."

Amazing Stories says: "Snarky as Pratchet, insightful as Stephenson, as full of scathing social commentary as Swift or Voltaire, and weirdly reminiscent of LeGuin, Alpha Max is the only multiverse novel you need this month, or maybe ever."

Maximilian Tundra is about to have an existential crisis of cosmic proportions.

When a physical duplicate of him appears in his living room, wearing a tight-fitting silver lamé unitard and speaking with an English accent, Max knows something bad is about to happen. Bad doesn’t cover it. Max discovers…


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