Expecting nothing more than a page-turner (which it is), I picked up Katzenjammer along with a few other things on Amazon.
This latest foray into the land of bestsellers has got to be the funniest thing I've read since Sedaris's "Me Talk Pretty." The plot involves one Max Perkins-a would-be writer trying to make it in New York.
His travels through the city alone are worth the price of admission, and anyone who has experienced job or apartment hunting in the Big Apple will surely appreciate all that Max goes through. Dodging Satan worshipers, Mormons, sleazy book editors, and eccentric bosses, we follow Max through a never-ending maze of strangeness that culminates in insanity. Or does it?
That's the point, really, of this excellent and dazzling second novel by the author. You're not sure what really happened when you get to the end. Was it all made up? Or was he telling the truth? Or was it a little of both? At one point, Max even takes on reviews that appear on websites, presenting some examples that are classic, poking fun at them.
Example: "The righting is at best meatyoaker. Whoz editing this ting?" Nothing is sacred in this romp through one year of trying to make it without money, connections, or luck. As with McCrae's other book, he takes a famous (or in this case semi-famous) person and weaves them into his own reality.
Easy to read, with very short chapters and a reader's guide at the end of the book, you're sure to enjoy this bright and colorful romp through New York.