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Reminiscent of Christopher Moore's Fluke and Neil Gaiman's American Gods, this slightly fantastical tale is told from the perspective of ever reluctant Orange Whippey, the story of his involvement in the comically unnecessary Whale Network unfolds as rival whaling factions, Korean smugglers/ultra tourists/storytellers, and a privacy advocating talking head all do their best to keep him from doing what he would ultimately prefer to do: Nothing. Set on the tiny, fictional island of Bismuth, it moves at a languid pace as Orange is dragged, far too often, to writhing lagoons, rusted ship hulks, hellish saunas, and private islands, creating a subtly farcical, always absurd setting for numerous misadventures.

Review:

"This delightfully loopy debut combines Down East deadpan with elements of Nordic mythology and Pynchonesque pyrotechnics in following the misadventures of Orange Whippey on and around the North Atlantic island of Bismuth. Ericson's Maine coastal setting lies at the edge of the surreal, where whaling interests scheme to control a network of tech-savvy whales that could bring humanity closer together. Pursuing this literary McGuffin, Orange teams up with a pair of shadowy Koreans steeped in the lore of mythical whaling rivals. It's not plot that carries this novel but Ericson's funny if occasionally overstuffed prose. For instance, the origins of Estonindian 'black metal dub' music are thusly explained: 'If Francis Scott Key had been a ninth-century raider whose head was still throbbing and clanging from an ax-blow to the helmet, standing with one hand braced on the dragon prow of his longship watching his enemies' tarred warships burning in an uncanny blue bituminous haze, while unseen galley slaves chanting the stroke rumbled the ship from below, he may have closed his eyes, thought of Ragnarok, and composed an anthem like this.' Lines like these and hilarious set pieces subjugate the narrative to the author's fanciful notions, resulting in a genial tale that meanders like an errant, stoned humpback. (Sept. 20)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Jaunty, playful, hilarious, and imminently readable, Swell is much more than an auspicious debut, it's that rarest of birds, a good old-fashioned reading pleasure." Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here and All About Lulu

Review:

"Orange himself reads like Pynchon's Doc Sportello. Add a splash of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, too....A superbly crafted mixture of humor and observations of modern life, a combination of barely-noticeable detective fiction and magical realism, something uniquely its own and, in the end, a truly good read. Swell is a fantastic novel." Line Zero

Review:

"A raucous roller-coaster ride . . . the writer deconstructs all things New England to hilarious effect. Ericson's tale reveals strong flavors of Tom Robbins, but there is also a splash of Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Just sit back and enjoy the long strange trip." Shelf Awareness

Synopsis:

Swell tells the saga of non-hero Orange Whippey as he trips his way across the small island of Bismuth.

When Orange finds himself stranded on a gull-infested rock in need of rescue, his nemesis Mr. Lucy and his dull-minded son Donny offer to pick him up in exchange for a day's work. Instead, Orange is thrown into a maritime adventure where Korean tourists with a knack for storytelling turn out to be smugglers, rival whaling factions rule the waters and reignite old divisions from the Northern Indian countries of Europe, and a mystery is set in motion involving a secretive gift gone missing. His friends Snoori — a Finlindian whale herder who used to be married to a bear — and Waldena — an Estonindian harpoonist and Thor cult priestess—do their best to find the gift before anyone else does. And they keep Orange from doing exactly what he'd like to do. Nothing.

Synopsis:

Off the coast of a tiny island a mysterious package goes missing.
Rival whaling factions reignite an ancient feud when their paths cross.
Korean smugglers want to open a bed and breakfast.
A privacy expert sets in motion her plan to create a cell phone network using migrating whales....
And Orange Whippey doesn't like any of it.

About the Author

Corwin Ericson is an MFA graduate of UMass Amherst and the former managing editor of the Massachusetts Review. His fiction has appeared in Harper's, The Believer, jubilat, and Fence. Swell is his first novel.

Table of Contents

 

Chapter One – Stranded and Conscripted
 
Chapter two – Smugglers on the Polk
 
Chapter Three – Seagum
 
Chapter Four – The Angie Baby
 
Chapter Five – The Tender and the Hammer Maiden
 
Chapter Six – Oysters in the Topsoil
 
Chapter Seven – Waldena, the Estonindian
 
Chapter Eight – A Special Terror in Ely Pond
 
Chapter Nine – Mission Statement
 
Chapter Ten – Gaeity
 
Chapter Eleven – The Sauna
 
Chapter Twelve – Up Late with Mineola
 
Chapter Thirteen – In Bed with the Bear Groom
 
Chapter Fourteen – The Yankee Circumciser
 
Chapter Fifteen – Winslow Homer and the Price of Tartar Sauce
 
Chapter Sixteen – A Twelve Pack and the Lucky Lady
 
Chapter Seventeen – Waldena in Balsam and Hashish
 
Chapter Eighteen – Field Trip to a Dead Whale
 
Chapter Nineteen – Castaways
 
Chapter Twenty – New Friends on the Princess Pea
 
Chapter Twenty-one – The Indian Boys Reformatory, a True Story
 
Chapter Twenty-Two – BBQ Squid
 
Chapter Twenty-Three – Donald Slips a Mickey
 
Chapter Twenty-Four – Brief Redemption
 
Chapter Twenty-Five – Sampo in the Shed
 
Chapter Twenty-Six – Reeled in
 
Chapter Twenty-Seven – The Thing
 
Chapter Twenty-Eight – The Double Shift
 
Chapter Twenty-Nine – Provisioning for the Voyage
 
Chapter Thirty – The Whale Network
 
Chapter Thirty-One – A New Telephone
 
Chapter Thirty-Two – The Wrong Whale
 
-EPILOGUE-
 
Part One: Life Preserver
 
Part Two: Hyperborea

 

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jnock, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by jnock)
A great funny read. I love the twisted island world the author creates and soon I felt as if it was the world as it should be. Now I must buy a smartphone and await a sequel!
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Rhyan, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by Rhyan)
This debut novel by Ericson is a great read if you're into slightly fantastical plots set in the hard earned 'reality' of not-so lackadaisical island life. Not too heavy, not too light, this book is ridiculously hilarious and perfectly rowdy. Ericson's use of language is incredible, and he paints a vivid tale of loss and gain, of foolish floundering, and unintentional self-discovery. Overall this is a fun, sarcastic, and witty read.
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byrdseyevue, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by byrdseyevue)
If you like John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Douglas Adams, and enjoy a great unique voice, you're gonna love Swell, by Corwin Ericson
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780984428847
Author:
Ericson, Corwin
Publisher:
Dark Coast Press
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
390
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This delightfully loopy debut combines Down East deadpan with elements of Nordic mythology and Pynchonesque pyrotechnics in following the misadventures of Orange Whippey on and around the North Atlantic island of Bismuth. Ericson's Maine coastal setting lies at the edge of the surreal, where whaling interests scheme to control a network of tech-savvy whales that could bring humanity closer together. Pursuing this literary McGuffin, Orange teams up with a pair of shadowy Koreans steeped in the lore of mythical whaling rivals. It's not plot that carries this novel but Ericson's funny if occasionally overstuffed prose. For instance, the origins of Estonindian 'black metal dub' music are thusly explained: 'If Francis Scott Key had been a ninth-century raider whose head was still throbbing and clanging from an ax-blow to the helmet, standing with one hand braced on the dragon prow of his longship watching his enemies' tarred warships burning in an uncanny blue bituminous haze, while unseen galley slaves chanting the stroke rumbled the ship from below, he may have closed his eyes, thought of Ragnarok, and composed an anthem like this.' Lines like these and hilarious set pieces subjugate the narrative to the author's fanciful notions, resulting in a genial tale that meanders like an errant, stoned humpback. (Sept. 20)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Jaunty, playful, hilarious, and imminently readable, Swell is much more than an auspicious debut, it's that rarest of birds, a good old-fashioned reading pleasure."
"Review" by , "Orange himself reads like Pynchon's Doc Sportello. Add a splash of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, too....A superbly crafted mixture of humor and observations of modern life, a combination of barely-noticeable detective fiction and magical realism, something uniquely its own and, in the end, a truly good read. Swell is a fantastic novel."
"Review" by , "A raucous roller-coaster ride . . . the writer deconstructs all things New England to hilarious effect. Ericson's tale reveals strong flavors of Tom Robbins, but there is also a splash of Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Just sit back and enjoy the long strange trip."
"Synopsis" by , Swell tells the saga of non-hero Orange Whippey as he trips his way across the small island of Bismuth.

When Orange finds himself stranded on a gull-infested rock in need of rescue, his nemesis Mr. Lucy and his dull-minded son Donny offer to pick him up in exchange for a day's work. Instead, Orange is thrown into a maritime adventure where Korean tourists with a knack for storytelling turn out to be smugglers, rival whaling factions rule the waters and reignite old divisions from the Northern Indian countries of Europe, and a mystery is set in motion involving a secretive gift gone missing. His friends Snoori — a Finlindian whale herder who used to be married to a bear — and Waldena — an Estonindian harpoonist and Thor cult priestess—do their best to find the gift before anyone else does. And they keep Orange from doing exactly what he'd like to do. Nothing.

"Synopsis" by , Off the coast of a tiny island a mysterious package goes missing.
Rival whaling factions reignite an ancient feud when their paths cross.
Korean smugglers want to open a bed and breakfast.
A privacy expert sets in motion her plan to create a cell phone network using migrating whales....
And Orange Whippey doesn't like any of it.
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