Review: Syrup


By: Maxx Barry

If you’ve never read any of Barry’s books, you really owe it to yourself to pick one up.  My favorite, by far, has been Jennifer Government, but Syrup is pretty good too.  His writing style is a bit off-putting at first, but once you figure it out, I find it to be very similar to that of Terry Pratchett.

Syrup is the tale of a young designer who has the idea of a lifetime.  Which gets stolen by his roommate.  And then his roommate becomes horribly famous for the amazing new soda that he “invented.”  Like most all of Barry’s books, this one is a bit of a social commentary.  In this case, not a social commentary on the soda industry so much as on the marketing industry.  As usual, he takes things to a very far extreme that borders on ludicrous, but that is also what makes it so readable.  A little comedic even.

Whatever you do, don’t try and take this story as a serious story.  It’s meant to be a bit over the top.  As long as you don’t do that, you really can’t help but like the story.  And it’s a quick read.

You can pick up Syrup pretty cheap used at Amazon.

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