The 2018 Bad Sex in Fiction Award Shortlist

Being a very talented writer does not necessarily mean that talent also spills forth into the fictional bedroom. As seen from the current shortlist of the 2018 Bad Sex in Fiction Prize, even Haruki Murakami can be shortsighted when it comes to the biological facts. His nominated passage may be too hot for daytime reading even with (or perhaps because of) its inaccuracies, but there are other notable examples from among this year’s nominees. (You can wince at all of them here.The Literary Review singles out one particularly egregious line from Scoundrels: The Hunt for Hansclapp, by Major Victor Cornwall and Major Arthur St. John Trevelyan:

“I yearned again for the cogs of her Iron Maiden to grind my glans around inside her like an opera singer with a mouth lozenge.”

Of note in this year’s selections is the lack of women on the list. With such erogenous defying writing offered by men this year, the examples from women, in the words of The Literary Review’s Frank Brinkley, “weren’t bad enough.” The winner will be announced December 3rd at the In and Out Club (insert schoolyard snickering here) in London. Here are the finalists linked to the Booklist reviews when available:

Connect, by Julian Gough

Grace’s Day, by William Wall

Katerina, by James Frey

Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami

Kismetby Luke Tredget

The Paper Lovers, by Gerard Woodward

Scoundrels: The Hunt for Hansclapp, by Major Victor Cornwall and Major Arthur St. John Trevelyan'

About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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