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Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel: Ten Twisted Tales

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  50 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
From the author of Breathers, Fated, and Lucky Bastard comes a collection of ten dark and humorous tales about extraterrestrial sex toys, a family of luck poachers, a group of professional guinea pigs, the immortal personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins, and a zombie gigolo. Just to name a few.

“A Zombie’s Lament”—A newly reanimated corpse attends Undead Anonymous meetin
ebook, 150 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pocket Star
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Totally mother-flippin' awesome! I have so thoroughly enjoyed everything by Browne, and this was no exception. I think the best parts are the commentaries Browne appends to each story explaining how inspiration struck. I found myself just as engaged with these 'sneak peeks' into the creative process as I did the stories themselves. Not to mention, a couple stories are being worked into novels, which almost makes me die with anticipation! All in all, a great, varied collection of stories that wil ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
Is it any wonder that SG Browne has become one of my new favorite authors? I read his book "Fated" last year, followed it with "Breathers" this year, and now this short story collection "Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel".

Let me start by saying that I rarely read short story collections. I find some short stories are brilliant, but that the majority of them leave much to be desired. This probably comes from my desire to delve into characters and understand them. Short stories, by nature of the "shor
Jun 14, 2012 Cassie-la rated it really liked it
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The collection opens with “A Zombie’s Lament” the short story which would later become Browne’s first published novel Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament. The tale follows a zombie who after returning to the world of the living finds himself on the fringes of society. His social security number is taken from him, he has no legal rights as one of the undead, and even his own family is disturbed by his presence. The work previously appeared in Zo
Stephanie Griffin
Oct 16, 2012 Stephanie Griffin rated it it was ok
Overall, I was disappointed in this collection. It gets a 5.5/10 rating. Here is a brief listing of the stories you will find within this book:

A ZOMBIE’S LAMENT I’m very familiar with the characters from BREATHERS. Love the voice of the zombie - slightly cynical with a dash of humor. 6
SOFTLAND This story has an interesting idea: people who poach luck from other people and then sell it on the black market. I thought this story had the best opening sentence I’d read in years until I read that Brow
Jason Donnelly
Jul 02, 2013 Jason Donnelly rated it it was amazing
$3.99 hasn't bought me this much joy since happy meals in the 90's. If you like reading about the things we take for granted, new ways of looking at everything from luck to zombies, or wondering what it would feel like to be a shampoo bottle, this book is for you. Let's be honest, I love Scott's work. I think the guy is brilliant. I haven't had my fix in a few months, because he's between novels, so this book cured me of everything that ailed me.

It's only available through Amazon, right now, bu
Jan 07, 2014 Jenevieve rated it really liked it
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A collection of 10 short stories. A decent collection up until the last story, Zombie Gigolo, which I found out after reading was written as an entry in a GrossOut contest (it took third and I don't even want to go near what beat it out...*retch*). The other stories were fun with the short stories that eventually bloomed into three of his current novels and some others were he was playing around with concepts that may eventually turn into full length novels or
Aaron (Typographical Era)
May 08, 2012 Aaron (Typographical Era) rated it really liked it
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The eBook exclusive short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel (yes monkeys, not fish) serves as one heck of a great love letter directly from author S.G. Browne to loyal fans of his work.

Want to read the original short stories that served as the basis for his debut novel Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament and his latest creation Lucky Bastard? Jonesing for more from the glorious cast of deadly sins that populate his second novel Fated? Looking for a sneak peak at what deliciously deviant ide
Kat Bach
Sep 19, 2015 Kat Bach rated it really liked it
It's fun to see where two of my favorite novels came from. The idea process behind them. These are a great collection of tales, and they're not for everyone. If you are very conservative when it comes to certain topics than please keep away.
Apr 25, 2013 Chinook rated it really liked it
The comparison to Christopher Moore has to be made first. After that, we'll I think it might be more of a three star read, in terms of the language, but I loved the ideas behind all of the stories. Particularly the last one, Zombie Giggalo, because I've never been so grossed out while reading!
Buck Swindle
Jul 13, 2012 Buck Swindle rated it really liked it
Loved Ego and Dream Girls. It was great to see the kernels that beget Breathers and Lucky Bastard. I can't wait to see what you do with Lullaby, S.G.
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S.G. Browne - Author: Three Words: Extraterrestrial Sex Toys 3 10 Mar 29, 2012 09:37PM  
S.G. Browne - Author: Monkey Launch Day 6 8 Mar 27, 2012 05:28PM  
S.G. Browne is the author of the novels Less Than Hero, Big Egos, Lucky Bastard, Fated, and Breathers, as well as the novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus. His short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel contains ten twisted tales and is available as an eBook.

He loves dark comedies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and is a sucker for It's a Wonderful Life. You can learn more about S.G. Br
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