If you a take the time to read this small book you will LOL many times(and I hate that acronym?) I did not really want to read a satire: a dead medium....but after I did I was refreshed and revitalized..There is still art being produced via words in this country. Bird is a bitter even nasty man but so fing smart you will be humbled. Keep in mind this book was written for art sake. With little or no encouragement....In another era before I pad 2's and we all (save people on this great ...more
I'm going to be 100% honest here, if I hadn't won this book in the giveaway and subsequently felt that I should review it- I probably would have never picked it up.
I started reading this book on April 20th and managed to read two chapters that day. I then attempted to read the third chapter and felt so overwhelmed that I had to stop. I didn't pick it up again until the 24th of April. For four days I stared at Catastrophically Con ...more
Initial reaction: WHAT? …seriously, what? What. Did. I. Just. Read? I can’t even describe how twisted this book is. My brain is still trying to grasp the words my eyes were reading, if you can call them words. Wait. I take that back. Of course, they’re words. They’re just special words. I’m not even mad. My comfort zone just expanded. Thank you, Stephen C. Bird.
I don’t even know how to summarize Catastrophically Consequential, the sequel/prequel to Hideous Exuberance. Within this book is a wide...more
By Nina Klein -
This review is from: Catastrophically Consequential (Paperback)
I had read Mr. Birds' first book Hideous Exuberance which I thoroughly enjoyed and this second book was truly an art form in itself. It has beauty, greed, spiritualness the ugliness of the world, the truth about what's happened to our society and was also beautifully entwined with the past and the present. Mr. Bird has such a visual and artistic imaginaton it is very eas ...more
Totally genius, clever and ingenious this spectacular short story is just breathtaking. The concoction of celebrity merged with the bizarre, peculiar and individualistic characters makes this a real treat for any reader who is seeking something different and quite out of the ordinary! Brimmed full of wit, sarcasm, realism and truth-drawing poignancy this thought-provoking, ...more
I don't mean to sound ungrateful but I am glad that I didn't have to pay for this rubbish and if you want an honest review from me, here it is...
I had a lot of trouble reading this book and I felt an overwhelming urge to toss it out of my window as I was driving along the edge of a steep drop-off yesterday. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it, despite having only a few pages remaining, and that is saying a lot considering that I alway ...more
[2012-07-06] Finished the book - had a bunch of others to read in between and trying to catch up on reviews.
This book is extremely well written; normally I dislike books with punny spelling (like Terry Prachett) as it makes reading a chore - hard work - for me, rather than the seemless eye-to-internal-screen thing that generally happens for me. However, I didn't have that pro ...more
It was interesting, but I think I would have preferred more of Gothra Schvulkopf and much more on the Gooderz and Badderz. I felt like they were topics the merited more exploration in place of some of the more sexual discussions, or even explore the Mannequin Streetwalker, Incestuous Ingrydd, Hermana Morafin and Ethereal relationship further.
Actually, looking at these thoughts, I would have enjoyed this book more had the first half been expanded and the th ...more
It wasn't too bad of a book, but it was really strange and parts of it I like, some I enjoyed much, and others I didn't like so much. It took me a good ways through the book to figure out what was going on and I got confused about some parts. There was parts of the novel that used a different accent and that through me for a loop and took a bit to figure it out and then I was able to read it just fine. The language was so different and I at first didn't like it in the lea ...more
This is a unique book to say the least. The author definitely creates a new spin on phonics! For the everyday consumer, I do not believe this book will be selected. However, for those with a more eclectic reading base, this book is very interesting. I feel this book will do well in certain niche markets. All in all, not a bad read.
It is refreshing to read a book by an author with the balls to pursue his artistic vision, without resorting to being formulaic or writing a specific genre. Such books should be praised, and I do praise this book. Very original, funny, and unique. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates original literature that follows its own rules.
Well, he hasn't actually been away. That's just what you say when someone has a new thing coming out.
I'm sorry. I don't mean to imply that Steve Bird has a "thing", or that it's "coming out".
I mean to say that, much like "Bond", "Bird is Back -- and Better than Ever!" That is to say, he's written a new book to follow up on his earlier Hideous Exuberance (reviewed here). I had the opportunity to graze upon its leaves over the weekend. Like the grass over a cesspool, it is vivid ...more
This is the strangest thing I've ever read.
Here are some quotes from my family members:
"The author is a German transvestite!"
"He's the new Dr.Seuss!"
"It's so random. It's all over the place!"
"I don't understand..."
This book is, as I said, very strange. There is hardly any plot and the characters are all bizarre stereotypes. Each chapter is ve ...more
1. I received this book from a contest on this website.
2. This is my first review - anywhere - for a book I've read.
3. I have not read any other book in the genre that this novel is from.
That being said, I will reprint the description from the card enclosed with my complimentary copy:
"Surrealistic, psychedelic, neo-beatnik, character-based collection of thematically unified, dark humourous and satirical short stories; featuring meandering non-linear ...more
Catastrophically Consequential is an extremely twisted, unconventional book of short chapters or stories, I'm not sure which. After the first 3 chapters (or is it stories?), I thought it was about ...more
Firstly I sat and started to read it through and that way I found it hard to get into. After wards i read a chapter at a time inbetween other less demanding books and I found it so much easier to read. This could also be down to the fact I found the slightly longer chapters towards the end to be the most interesting. As well as the fact that these chapters contained the most interesting internal ...more
Still ploughing through it myself but not "getting" it. Not to detract from the fact that this is a very twisted and immersive work. Much phonic word play-the author pushes use of language, possibly too far sometimes; the feeling there were too many descriptive words jostling for attention, so many clever word plays needing to be seen. The use of capitals for some parts is perhaps overuse ...more
Well the author’s background comes to the foreground in this tome or ode to whatever comes to his mind.
Full of short chapters, each of which talk about obscure existential understandings of what the author is trying to tell us. I’m not sure there is a story arc but rather a shotgun approach to stories and subjects that amuse the author.
Like a Greek or Roman God looking down on Eart ...more
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