By: Paul A. Mendelson
The Funnies is a modern-day novel told from the perspective of 12-year-old Marius K. Marius’ story is told in the format of his diary entries beginning with him “on the run” from the Funny Police. Hear me out, there’s a reason. In the country Marius resides, the government has made the decision to turn off the part of the brain that produces the sense of humor. Though difficult to imagine a world with no sense of humor, the government sees it fit to do so in order to increase productivity and reduce the amount of joking around and wasting time. Although most procedures are performed right after birth, Marius’ procedure did not go as planned and he was left with his sense of humor in tact. Determined to keep his sense of humor, Marius goes on the run to avoid the Funny Police. What follow Marius is an adventure of new friends and a journey to recover the lost sense of humor of his fellow citizens.
When I first began reading The Funnies, I was imagining a story filled with jokes and laughter. That certainly was the case, though, the story did dive much deeper than that. Inclusive with the humor aspect, there’s a sense of longing for Marius to be able to live in a world where joking is necessary to get some citizens through the long days and difficult encounters. There is also and entire cast of secondary characters that add more dimension to the story, my favorite in particular, being another Funny who the characters refer to as “Sick.” Not sick, as in his health, but sick as in his sense of humor. I loved that each character was named after their type humor and their actions were well depicted by those names.
The Funnies had a great premise and even greater punchlines throughout. I even read some of the jokes to those around me while reading, though I’m now concerned about their sense of humor, or lack thereof..? 🙂 Either way, I’m honored to have had the opportunity to read and share my review of 4 of 4 stars of The Funnies with other readers. I would recommend this story to any reader who enjoys some laugh-out-loud moments, while also having some suspense in their novels. It’s a story that is not only enjoyable, but also causes you to think about the struggles that would follow if we were to all live in a world with no sense of humor to deal with the difficulties of some of the challenging aspects in our own lives. I’m certainly glad to have my sense of humor in tact and there for me to fall back on when things get tough. (2020, amiright..?)
Thank you, Paul Mendelson, for allowing me the opportunity to review your novel. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.