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...moreI 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 plots, disturbing inner monologues, imaginary dialects, dream sequences and comical rants."
This is the first book I have read ever with no beginning, middle, and end. You are dropped into the middle of a collection of snapshots of characters lives. While reading, I was trying to determine one style of writing but ended up with hybrids: Douglas Adams meets the Unibomber's manifesto. Charlie Gordon ('Flowers for Algernon') falls into Cyberpunk. Monty Python rescripted via "A Clockwork Orange". '1984' and 'Catch-22' mixed in a blender and poured into a broken goblet. At times, the characters seem to be railing against the elite. Other times, it seems to be a slam against the middle class, saying their existence is meaningless.
This book is for adults only, not just because of the topics touched on but because of some graphic depictions. I have to say that after reading this book, I would not be tempted to search out another by author Stephen Bird. There may be those who would enjoy the chaotic nature and mal-interpretive approach but I fear that the niche for this novella would be similar to the group that attempts to sync up "The Wizard of Oz" with Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon. (less)