Author: Chuck Tingle
WhatWhat: Rhondok screws up a business meeting because he took over the presentation for a sick co-worker at the last minute, and failed to realize that the project was a real time travel machine (not a video game). But since it’s a time machine, he decides to try to use it to undo his mistake. The result is, to quote the Amazon description, “5,200 words of sizzling human on gay abstract concept action.”
My company, Butt Industries, does plenty of research and development on an assortment of projects…. (loc 51)
Tingle’s worldbuilding fascinates me. Like, there’s an oddly coherent…no, coherent isn’t the word; there’s an oddly comprehensive world lurking in the background of his works.
“Well, let’s see,” the strange man says, eyeing me up. “I’m guessing that you’re from a fictional universe, because you haven’t been described very well physically.” Time reaches over and tousles my shaggy black hair. “See, you didn’t even know that your hair was shaggy until I interacted with it. That’s just lazy writing right there.” (loc 219)
What? NO IT ISN’T. That’s actually decent writing, once you get past the weirdness of “eyeing me up.”
In fact, they’re probably not even reading this to get off.
“What do you mean?” I ask him bluntly, my words forever sealed within the pages of this short story.
Most people are laughing at us, Chuck inform me. (loc 289)
Not even the missing “s” can blunt the sheer pathos of that exchange. I’M NOT CRYING, I HAVE SOMETHING IN MY EYE.
The end of the Tingleverse is called the Tingularity. This is a universe that can no longer become gayer, a place of infinite butts. (loc 342)
Verdict: As always, Tingle’s portrayal of the working guy is sympathetic; one senses Dr. Tingle really understands the stress of trying to survive in this economy. He also seems to have an in-depth understanding of the sadness of being a fictional character, not to mention of being an erotic author mainly read for laughs.
The big red button re-appears in this one, which means it’s part of the continuity that includes Chocolate Milk Cowboys. It also mentions Reamed by my Reaction to the Title of This Book, and Rhondok (after learning he was once a Bigfoot who was a lawyer and a doctor) chooses to become a billionaire jet plane in the end. I desperately want someone to draw me a diagram of the Tingleverse now.