Tom Robbins has has never written anything that didn't immediately make me believe something ridiculous. "Of course frogs and space travel are inextricably linked! How did I not see it before?" Or "of course the olfactory is the key to immortality! It's so obvious." This book is no different... That is to say of course that it is very different... Just read the book dude, as long as you're not a goomba you'll love it.