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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Absurdist writer Jon Konrath returns with another collection of hilarious and demented flash fiction. Descend into a manic world of Kafkaesque insanity and paranoia including FDA drone strikes against weight-loss clinics, amputee porn, a celebrity kickboxing match between Yo Yo Ma and Manuel Noriega, and hobby shop exorcisms. The author of the cult classic Rumored to Exist ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published June 7th 2013 by Paragraph Line Books
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daniel woodrell once said, describing short stories:

It’s like, you meet somebody at dinner, you’re in love by midnight, you have breakfast together, then you say ‘so long’ forever. It lasts just that length of time. It’s perfect.

these stories are not those stories. with these stories, it's like you meet somebody at dinner, they tie you up and pee on you, you're in jail by midnight, you vomit together in the sunrise, and then you say "so long" forever, but you look suspiciously over your shoulde
Arthur Graham
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
What's the word? Thunderbird!

Yet another insomnia-inspired k-hole of a collection from beloved children's author, Jon Konrath. Following the smash success of Where the Wild Things Aren't (a memoir detailing his seven-year period of involuntary celibacy) and In the Fight Kitchen (an erotic dream interpretation/underground boxing cookbook), Konrath makes his triumphant return to the short form with Thunderbird. I don't know when he's ever gonna run out this stuff, but as with earlier efforts Sleep
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Konrath is that guy you meet in a seedy bar. You know him. He's the guy who bursts through the swinging doors, sweaty, out of breath, left eye squinted up in a snarly grimace, shirt buttoned to his neck, pocket protector in place, red suspenders holding up his elastic waisted geranimals, frantic he says, "Nobody move, I lost my dog and I need to finish my dissertation on the history of Burmese tentacle sex."

Thunderbird is like that. The stories are dirty and smart. Weirdly intelligent, but full
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Jon Konrath is a genius.

These are flash fiction stories that meander in the same sort of brain-space that is usually reserved for soapbox preachers or the schizophrenic. Suffice it to say, Konrath has somehow figured out a way to wrangle that sort of rambling insanity, repurpose it, repackage it and then deliver it up in a bite-sized morsel that both satiates and leaves you wanting more. As a reader, I am thoroughly entertained. As a writer, I’m inspired. May
Douglas Hackle
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the world of Jon Konrath’s hilariously transgressive short fiction—let’s call this world the Konrathverse—everyone and everything is pretty much fucked.

Yes, being a character in the Konrathverse is never a good thing. If you're unfortunate enough to be such a character, there’s a good chance that if you don’t have a daily coke or meth habit to feed, then you probably dull your reality by huffing markers or snorting Purell hand sanitizer and/or crushed Claritin. And don’t even think about eati
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yesterday I had a pretty shitty day at work but when I got home and plopped myself on the couch and opened this book all that bullshit just didn't matter to me anymore. Thunderbird is like my modern day Calgon - it took all my troubles away. (pop culture reference was intended)

I seriously don't know how Konrath came up with half the shit in this little gem. His imagination is astounding. Thunderbird is filled with fetish porn, online dating disasters, satanists, seafood, conspiracy theories, fra
Donald Armfield
I really didn't want this book to end. I wish it was one of those 365 day calendar things that gives you a word of the day. Instead a quote from this book just to let out a laugh.

The Long John Silver Vinegar Douche Abortion Attempt, Death Metal Taco Bell, Bearded Woman Crapping on Tables.

It's all in here and much more. Jon Konrath is a laugh out loud, rant of pure absurdist literature. Tons of pop culture references that will have you laughing or just saying what the hell did I just read. O need
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm addicted to Konrath's wild writing at this point so there was no way I wasn't going to immediately order this book as soon as I heard it was on sale. Konrath definitely delivers on the wildness in this one as well. There's just something about his ability to blend absolute absurdity in and out of the fabric of normalcy that really does it for me as a reader, and he does so with some really engaging energy. Mixing profane with the mundane, reasonableness with insanity, there's just a lot of f ...more
Chris Rhatigan
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where the hell did this dude come from?

Just the titles are jaw-dropping: "The Long John Silver Vinegar Douche Abortion Attempt Situation," "Bearded Women Shitting on Glass Tables Is Sort of My Thing," "Vehicular Handjobs and Pirate Hooks," "Fratboy Brad and the Clamato Aquarium of Doom."

From that you should know whether this book is for you.

Each story is from a first-person perspective--the narrator being some version of the author. The effect is that this reads more like a novel, except without
Shamus McCarty
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I get the feeling Jon has a deep rooted hatred for seafood. There’s a reoccurring theme of defiling our underwater deep-fried friends. There’s also a death metal Taco Bell, that is now my all-time favorite restaurant.

Anyways, Thunderbird is difficult book to explain. It’s lined with, laugh-till-you-shart yourself moments, which I’ve come to expect from The Rath. However, this book seems to play with experimental writing more than the others I’ve read. I’m not a big fan of experimental writing.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jonathan by: Nefariousbig
Some good stuff here, and very funny at times.
Ryan Werner
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is fucked. Jon, you’re fucked. Why, man?
Ms. Nikki
Since I can only be myself no matter how hard I try to be someone else, I must say what I feel and let it ooze forth like the froth that runneth over from Cujo's lips. What I might say could be just as toxic, but at least when my bite actually connects, you will no longer have to fear, just accept.

I don't know where the hell that came from, just like I can't begin to imagine where Mr. Konrath pulled some of the innovative stories that are within the pages of this book out from. I felt like I nee
Dean Mcdonald-smith
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Got the book for free from story cartel in exchange for a review.
I liked what I read.
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Jon Konrath has written and published a dozen or so books, including Summer Rain and Rumored to Exist. He is the principal of Paragraph Line Books and editor of the literary journal Paragraph Line (, and written for many other zines and publications. He is also an inventor, computer programmer, and amateur x-ray technician. He lives in Oakland, and has bought 40 acres of land in ...more
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