Monday, May 17, 2010

Reader's Diary #612- Michael Chabon: The God of Dark Laughter

After I'd gotten about half way into Michael Chabon's "The God of Dark Laughter," I'd decided that Chabon was a cross between John Irving, Franz Kafka, and a screenwriter for CSI. It's an annoying habit I have of comparing one person's style (whether they be musicians, authors, actors, or whatever), with others that I'm familiar with. Really, I think if anyone draws comparisons to three or more others, each who are in turn vastly different from one another, it's fair to say that they are unique. Michael Chabon is not a platypus.

But, suffice it to say, if you like Irving, Kafka, and CSI, you'd probably enjoy "The God of Dark Laughter." It begins with a clown found murdered in a woods and only gets weirder and more interesting from there.

Continuing with the name-dropping, if any Lovecraft or Cthulhu fans read Chabon's story, they may recognize the name "Friedrich von Junzt." Junzt was a fictional author, himself a creation by Robert E. Howard, the man behind Conan the Barbarian, and friend of Lovecraft; Junzt's writings are now considered part of the Cthulhu Mythos. I'm not sure if you follow that, but it's nothing you need to know to enjoy Chabon's story.

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TexasRed said...

Very excited to join in Short Story Monday -- just a little behind this week. Here's my link to the anthology I *will* be reviewing :)

TexasRed Books

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good one. Of course, how can it really go wrong when it gets even weirder than a clown found murdered in a woods. I have read some of Lovecraft's stories, really creepy stuff.

I went with sci-fi again this week.

Teddy Rose said...

I'm not sure I would enjoy that story however, I haven't read anything by Michael Chabon so I might give it a try.

Here's mine:
Breaking Fast

Off topic, I also reviewed a T.C. Boyle novel:
Tortilla Curtain

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Don't beat yourself up, John. Making comparisons in style is half the fun!

I'm off to read.