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- File Size: 219 KB
- Print Length: 108 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (9 Aug. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0062WC4UE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #441,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ranging from the simply preposterous, for example: the first story, about a race between drivers to knock over pedestrians to score points, but being sure not to kill them, as this deducts points; through to the blindingly absurd and poignant: a man who sells balloons (and may in fact be a balloon) and falls for a girl who is the victim of the local fireworks factory owner's bully son; and way out towards the downright crazy: a man is tossed out of a ship in the sky, and finds his way back up again via a very strange town full of very strange people, including a few Terry's.
Special mention goes to the story featuring a salesman with a chainsaw mouth, and to the anarchist who learns the best way to avoid being inducted into the fascist laughing party that's sweeping the town he's in, whilst simultaneously avoiding being beaten to death for avoiding being inducted into the fascist laughing party. And lastly to the story about the children who want to drive over the edge of a cliff - a delightfully strange take on the phenomenon from last century of a young buck taking up his lass and sticking it to the world, bonnie-and-clyde stylee.
Andersen Prunty will beat your mind with his fun and yet melancholy worlds crafted in a mere few hundred words. I highly recommend this book.
These stories are absurd and weird and full of invention. There are no rehashed ideas or story types you may have come across before. The beauty, poetry, horror, sorrow, and humour contained within each tale breathes life in literature. This book is a good example of a milder form of bizarro fiction (all though there is some sex and violence included here) and whilst some may just discount it because they just don't get it, there's no denying the power of this warped vision of the world.
There are twenty three stories in all. None of them last more than a few pages. Some didn't exactly grab my attention, but they were in the minority. Most of the stories were utter wacky excellence.
If you're new to Bizarro fiction, I think this would be a good place to start as the whole collection will not last you very long but give you a good taste of what to expect and enjoy in the cultish side of literature. Thank you for reading.