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Dirt Baby and Other Small Mercies [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Millard
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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In this mini-length collection of short stories and flash fiction, Millard leads you through another unsettling wander down strange verbal pathways and untrodden literary trails. Assisted suicide for aging snowmen, hearts replaced with bombs, and the humiliating death of Fruity O' Toots; and what of the lonely tornado who tried to befriend the anvil?

These, and other small mercies, can be experienced for the price of a 99 cent phial of ants, within Dirt Baby.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058K516A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #466,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly inventive! 30 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read "Dirt Baby" in one go and laughed so hard I feared I might cough up a lung. My wife rushed into the room to see if I was alright, and I composed myself long enough to read her some of Stuart Millard's more morbidly hilarious bits (of which there are many), and soon tears were streaming down her cheeks as well. With these short fictions, some as brief as a few paragraphs, Millard expertly transforms the ludicrous into something quite real. In "The Stripper," a striptease artist removes much more than her clothing. In "The Ebsen Reaction," the love sick are prescribed a pill, known as Stone-Heart, which allows them to stop feeling altogether. And in "Leaping Larry," a brilliant send-up of the self-help industry, we learn where the one-step-at-a-time cliché leads to when taken to the extreme. My favorite piece, "Frozen Out," about a lonely man's encounter with a talking snowman, is at once hysterical and heartbreaking. It would be a mistake to dismiss these stories as mere absurdist humor. Through skillful use of comic exaggeration, Millard makes us see a larger truth--namely, so much of what we accept as "normal" in life is what is truly absurd. His writing may not be for everyone--but nothing really good ever is. I've never read anything more wildly inventive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For those that want something a bit different. 3 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A brief glimpse of the bookshelves in any shop makes it evident that writing to template and trotting out lazy, derivative, predictable paper bricks of lunch break time wasting has become the norm. Volume 6 of some minor celebrity's heavily PR'd biography or the random silver-grey object on a black background adorning the cover of a generic "erotic" novel.

For those of us that want to read something that's actually entertaining, enjoyable, amusing and occasionally poignant, Dirt Baby is an excellent introduction to the writings of Stuart "Frantic Planet" Millard. Short stories that feature the bizarre interacting with the mundane, the ordinary colliding with the extraordinary, in ways in which the outlandishness manages to ground itself in what you're already familiar with.

Sly digs at the ridiculousness of celebrity, badly aged but fondly remembered pop culture references, and poo jokes aplenty, all wrapped up in an imagination stimulating, intelligent (but never precocious) package.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 2 May 2013
By M. Weir
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sadly just couldn't get into it at all therefore didn't finish it.
Just didn't appeal or hold my interest enough to keep me turning the pages.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 24 April 2012
By Steven Yost - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked this book up because it was suggested, and frankly, free. I could not have been happier stumbling upon this gem. The stories, are short, some a few paragraphs, but all of them are profound in their weird little way. Since reading this, I have looked for and bought a couple other offerings from Stuart Millard. Beach Diaries was another great one. This is definitely one author from which I expect great things. And the mark that I really liked the book? I read it again, and again. Great stuff.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Little Book of Strange Little Stories 17 Nov 2011
By Loren DeShon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I came across this, um, short story collection when I invited authors on the Kindle Boards Writer's Cafe forum to suggest 99 cent titles. I didn't intend to buy any short stories at all, but the author's pitch caught my attention so I said what the hey and invested $1.07 after tax. Somewhat to my surprise I enjoyed it thoroughly and in my opinion the author offers a rare combination of peculiar thinking and masterful writing.

Disclosure: I cadged the title of my review from one of the author's posts on the Kindle Boards thread. It describes the book perfectly. You have been warned.
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories FTW 1 May 2012
By Johhny Byre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This collection of stories were tremendously enjoyed. Characters felt real, stories took everyday life and transformed it into something fantastically familiar, and there were plenty of twists.

Some of my favorites stories include "My heart goes boom", "Book club", and "Six Down".

My only qualm had nothing to do with the writing but rather the formatting of the eBook. I encourage you to have page numbers in the index because I get lost easily and the pages didn't map out exactly on my reader...but then again I was using my iphone so it might just be an iphone thing.

Good luck and keep writing. I need some more short stories!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly inventive! 30 April 2012
By Mike McIntyre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I read "Dirt Baby" in one go and laughed so hard I feared I might cough up a lung. My wife rushed into the room to see if I was alright, and I composed myself long enough to read her some of Stuart Millard's more morbidly hilarious bits (of which there are many), and soon tears were streaming down her cheeks as well. With these short fictions, some as brief as a few paragraphs, Millard expertly transforms the ludicrous into something quite real. In "The Stripper," a striptease artist removes much more than her clothing. In "The Ebsen Reaction," the love sick are prescribed a pill, known as Stone-Heart, which allows them to stop feeling altogether. And in "Leaping Larry," a brilliant send-up of the self-help industry, we learn where the one-step-at-a-time cliché leads to when taken to the extreme. My favorite piece, "Frozen Out," about a lonely man's encounter with a talking snowman, is at once hysterical and heartbreaking. It would be a mistake to dismiss these stories as mere absurdist humor. Through skillful use of comic exaggeration, Millard makes us see a larger truth--namely, so much of what we accept as "normal" in life is what is truly absurd. His writing may not be for everyone--but nothing really good ever is. I've never read anything more wildly inventive.
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