Pym by Mat Johnson was a really good one. These days I really enjoy something bizarre mixed in with real world problems. A black literature professor, Chris Jaynes,  gets fired and his life’s collection of valuable books are ruined. His plans are to go to Detroit with his fat Little Debbie cake loving friend even though there are no jobs in Detroit.  But in all this mess his book dealer comes by and sells him coincidentally exactly what he needed to take his project about Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket to a thrilling new direction. It’s a notebook scrawled with terrible handwriting that suggests that Pym was a real man and not just a character in a book. Jaynes does some research on the subject and then sets out to take a crew of people to the antarctic to find some sort of evidence that Pym was there but more importantly to find what he sees as the black people’s paradise that was described in the story.

After events I won’t spoil for you, they are taken as slaves into an under-ice city of “snow honkeys” (abominable snowmen basically). From there is basically pure adventure and weirdness. I love a fun read. And I really need another one. Any suggestions?


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