The Satanic Nurses

For the book lover in your life, consider this: J.B Miller’s Satanic Nurses, a book of literary parodies. The book is composed of short stories, written in the style of literary classics, but full of jokes that are apt to appeal to the literary crowd. Still, at least one reviewer remained underwhelmed:

The only problem with The Satanic Nurses, J.B. Miller’s smart-alecky book of “literary parodies,” is that you have to be uncommonly literate to get the jokes. You have to have read Hemingway, Nabokov, Virginia Woolf and Tom Wolfe, Tolkien, Rushdie, Salinger, DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, J.K. Rowling, and a couple dozen others. You have to demonstrate erudite, almost obsessively bibliophilic tendencies, and remember obscure details that really don’t amount to much: even if you’ve done your homework, you’re apt to become disappointed.

Sample stories include: Vladimir Nabokov’s Colita, Edward Albee’s Annoying Play W/ Dog, Toni Morrison’s Belabored, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Pest, and my favorite: Joyce Carol Oates’ List of Works.