My current escapist lit is Defekt by Nino Cipri. I read Finna over the summer and when I saw there was a…well, not sequel exactly, but another work in the same world…I picked it up without hesitation.
These are novella length (or possibly just short novels), and I found them to be well-paced comforting weirdness. Is that a genre? Cozy weirdness? That’s the genre I want. This might be what Charlie Jane Anders has in mind with the term ‘sweetweird‘.
Anyway, here’s the blurb for Defekt:
“Derek is LitenVärld’s most loyal employee. He lives and breathes the job, from the moment he wakes up in a converted shipping container at the edge of the parking lot to the second he clocks out of work 18 hours later. But after taking his first ever sick day, his manager calls that loyalty into question. An excellent employee like Derek, an employee made to work at LitenVärld, shouldn’t need time off.
“To test his commitment to the job, Derek is assigned to a special inventory shift, hunting through the store to find defective products. Toy chests with pincers and eye stalks, ambulatory sleeper sofas, killer mutant toilets, that kind of thing. Helping him is the inventory team — four strangers who look and sound almost exactly like him. Are five Dereks better than one?”
And here’s the blurb for Finna.
“When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store — but not that one — slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.
“To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.”
(100 Days of Blogging: Post 026 of 100)