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Catastrophically Consequential

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This kindred spirit / doppelgänger / protégé of "Hideous Exuberance" incorporates non-linear plots; comical rants and disturbing inner monologues; stream of consciousness dream sequences; surrealistic scenarios and time-traveling characters.  Revel in the chaotic confusion of sociopathic celebrities, suburban swingers, suicidal trust fund girls, decadent jet setters, D-lis ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Hysterical Dementia
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Marie
Apr 09, 2012 Marie rated it liked it
I won this book in a giveaway and received it yesterday. I read the first two chapters and was basically confused...was it deep? dark? ...what the heck...Then my 22 year old daughter came home from work. I had her read the first two chapters...she had the same look I had while reading it. Suddenly, she began reading the third chapter out loud to my family. We found ourselves laughing out loud at the sometimes brilliant, funny, and definitely strange ramblings! She read the entire book to us. It ...more
Jeff Nichols
Apr 11, 2012 Jeff Nichols rated it it was amazing
Brilliant!
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
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Jim
Oct 24, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I encourage anyone who considers herself at all literarily adventuresome to dive into the weird world of the words of Stephen C. Bird. Like its predecessor Hideous Exuberance, Catastrophically Consequential plays with language to an extent seldom seen even in the most experimental fiction. The language reveals character and the author's relationship with his characters, and realities are toyed with to the max. There is time travel, there are explorations of extreme degradation, and people who ar ...more
Katlynn Parsons
Apr 06, 2013 Katlynn Parsons rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Katlynn by: First Reads
I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

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
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Cheryl
Mar 22, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads

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

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Sarah Fisch
Jan 14, 2013 Sarah Fisch rated it it was amazing
This is a really well-titled book, for one thing. "Catastrophically Consequential" is a seeming humble-brag, a bombastic statement-name á la "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," though Bird's collection of stories-about-stories-about-stories bears no resemblance whatsoever to Eggers' steady account of his rise from tragedy. Stephen C. Bird's work contains tragedy, for sure — not as a pit you rise from, but built right into the architecture of language and identity. Catastrophically conse ...more
Nina
Dec 12, 2012 Nina rated it it was amazing
Treasures of the Unknown.... December 12, 2012

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
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Lucinda
Dec 13, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This cleverly crafted, ironic short story with its cliché and satirical themes is truly remarkable and quite extraordinary!

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,
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Nathan Zalf
Aug 02, 2012 Nathan Zalf rated it liked it
In keeping up with the idea of how short this book is, I will be writing a review that contains exactly 152 words (which is equivalent to the amount of words in the book) starting now…. Catastrophically Consequential by Stephen C. Bird is something so different from books out there, it was worth reading. Although there is really no obvious storyline or genre it in someway can be related to poetry in the way that it has a deeper meaning at certain times. I honestly feel this book is destined for ...more
Fauxmaux
Dec 13, 2012 Fauxmaux rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Fauxmaux by: friends
Whoa. A new classic. So... This is surrealism? I'm not that smart. I read it twice. I underlined parts that I thought were particularly weird, fascinating or I just felt needed to be pondered. It felt like the thing to do. I am amazed by this book. It's not an easy read but worth the effort, if you are a culture vulture and have been bored to tears by contemporary fiction and haven't finished Ulysses...still! I suggest reading "Hideous Exuberance" first, so you "get" the author's style and then ...more
Jemilla
Apr 22, 2012 Jemilla rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Stupid people
Shelves: first-reads, i-own
I received this book for free as a First Reads giveaway.

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
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Rose Cimarron
[2012-05-16] Yay! It's here :-) I've read the first story...bizarre is the first word that springs to mind; in a good way.

[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
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Lisa
Apr 08, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: review-read
This book is a slap in the face satire.
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
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Tiffani Erickson
Goodreads giveaway book.
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
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Sally Hannoush
Apr 08, 2012 Sally Hannoush rated it liked it
Wow. I am not really sure how I feel about this book. There were parts I liked, some I didn't, and some I just really didn't understand. It took a lot of concentration for me to get thro some of the short stories. I can't say it didn't leave any impact because I do keep thinking about parts of the book in some manner. Some things were shocking and I couldn't belive I was actually reading some of the content. I did like some of the total crazy randoms thrown in. This book is not for everyone. You ...more
Phoenix Carvelli
Review copy won on Goodreads.com on 3-22-12.

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.
Peter
Mar 31, 2012 Peter rated it it was ok
Reading this book was like watching a Quinten Tarantino film. It's obvious that the creator is talented and puts out a very good product, but in the end you wonder what the point was. I don't recommend this book for the faint of heart but if you're looking for a book that will cause you to continue to think about it for days(or possibly longer) after you've finished it this is your book.
Brian Skillin
Apr 08, 2017 Brian Skillin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Original

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.
Trav S.D.
Mar 12, 2012 Trav S.D. rated it really liked it
Steve Bird is back!

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
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Nikki
Mar 22, 2012 Nikki rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Psychology students, people who like to analyze books for a deeper meaning, lovers of the bizarre
I won this book through a giveaway. It was the first book I ever got through the mail and I am extremely excited to have received it.

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..."
"That's disgusting!"

This book is, as I said, very strange. There is hardly any plot and the characters are all bizarre stereotypes. Each chapter is ve
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Sean Cuthill
May 19, 2012 Sean Cuthill rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I must preface this review with a few points:
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
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Lb
Aug 27, 2012 Lb rated it liked it
Catastrophically Consequential is not for the faint. Stephen Bird encompasses every stereotype known to man upon which he showers a “catastrophically consequential” outlook to expire his own characters. He stretches through time and space hitting “Amurycka Profunda”, “West Whoreville” all the way to “Doucheyland” in this continual diatribe against…everyone. He uniquely creates the illusion of a utopian “Welt” by illustrating the truly opposite in his book satirically foreshadowing the possible a ...more
Susan Ashcraft
Apr 03, 2012 Susan Ashcraft rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crazy people? Artistic people?
I decided to enter a giveaway for this book on GoodReads because I was intrigued by the blurb. I won the book, it arrived at my home, and I put it on my list to read. A week passed before I picked it up to read it. Quite frankly I had forgotten what the book was about. It was an eye opening experience!

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
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Jamie
May 08, 2012 Jamie rated it it was ok
This is the second book I have won here on goodreads. It's the second book that I've not been able to finish. Well, let me retract that statement. I could have finished it, seeing as it's around 100 pages long, but I had already had to skip 2 sections already, due to the spelling. The Badderz and Gooderz shit really irritated me. Maybe it's because I live in the armpit of the bible belt and people actually talk like that to me while I'm at work. They AXE me if they can RESERVATE a room (I work i ...more
Susan Rose
Apr 08, 2012 Susan Rose rated it really liked it
This book is really intriguing, each segment is different, most of them are humourous and disturbing.

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
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Patricia
Apr 21, 2012 Patricia rated it it was ok
This is a difficult book to read-the question is if you can have the patience and fascination to keep going.
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
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Brian Homa
Sep 15, 2012 Brian Homa rated it really liked it
It starts with an unnamed adult switching between childhood and present realities via dreaming and waking, and ends with a suicide. You will meet a teenage prostitute, and the neglected schoolmate who envies her; a medeival princess, and a poet who refuses to resort to conventional means to further his career. You will spend time in the bottom-rung of the underground comedy scene, and you will travel through time. You will laugh out loud and feel at times like you are reading a novela-length ver ...more
Ellie
Apr 02, 2012 Ellie rated it it was ok
I won this on a goodreads giveaway. I didn't really enjoy the book all that much, I've been trying to branch out in what I read so I thought I'd give this a go. Turns out, not so much for me, however, I think had I been younger or male I might have enjoyed it a bit more as a lot of it just seemed to go over my head or muddle my brain a bit. Some bits are a bit offensive, but that's the style of the book, and you can't take any real offense from it. It progressed well enough, and everything was l ...more
Fred Hughes
Mar 22, 2012 Fred Hughes rated it liked it
This review is based on a free copy of this book received from the author through the Goodreads First Read program.

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
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Dario
May 03, 2012 Dario rated it did not like it
It's hard to question a writer's creativity or what they were trying to accomplish and I applaud every writer in their quest for getting their message out or trying to tell a story. With that said this book was just very odd, the dialects were hard to read which i don't think helped to any means, the jumping around also hard to follow and the storyline if there was one was lost on me. The book had some disturbing language and imagery which didn't fright me or enlighten me or make me ponder anyth ...more
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Stephen C. Bird is visual artist and fiction writer. Mr. Bird grew up in Erie County, NY. He lived in NYC for many years and currently resides in Canada.
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