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The Illustrated Hen

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Detectives, Mysteries, Physical Laws of the Universe
Upended, Vampires, Scrabble Pieces Gone Missing,
Glorious Art, Toys, Van Gogh’s Starry Night,
George Seurat’s Missing Unicorn … and The Hen.

These things become the fabric of a young man’s journey toward self-discovery. The Illustrated Hen weaves a glorious, mysterious tale about Ray who has become caught in a vortex of
Kindle Edition, 145 pages
Published November 27th 2019 (first published July 15th 2019)
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Stuart Aken
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary, speculative
For me, this was a book more to be admired than enjoyed. There were references, many of them I assume essential to understanding and enjoying the story, to books I've never read, some I've never heard of.
I found the narrative style over clever and difficult to follow so I never really got into the story. And, because I couldn't identify with any characters, I felt detached rather than engaged. The book is surreal and, in some respects even absurdist.
So, not for me.
Others have read this and tho
John Maberry
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multi-genre
Some have called it surreal. Others say absurd. It crosses genres. Read the description here on Goodreads for what's up with the book. As a fellow writer, I look at it for technique even as I strive to be entertained. I did like it very much. Not everyone will. This is one of those books that will engender the "Huh?" response. As in, where is the author going with this. If you're patient, you'll find out. That requires your attention to be kept because you find it enjoyable. If not, you'll just ...more
Kerrie Nicole Tandle
Marvelous! Scott Charles is a captivating wordsmith. I reread paragraphs to relish them longer, and the book was overall so riveting that I read it twice. Charles vividly, yet concisely, weaved rich characters and scenes real enough to tickle your senses (you can almost smell the rooms and taste the foods the characters are eating). The Illustrated Hen is a genre shapeshifter that takes readers on an odyssey of seemingly unrelated stories that delightfully pull together near the end!
Billy Buttons
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
24th November 2019
TITLE: The Illustrated Hen
AUTHOR: Scott Charles
Star Rating: 4

‘Eloquently written, this is a fascinating and often rather surreal novel I very much enjoyed.’ The Wishing Shelf

This novel, at first, seems to be a number of totally separate chapters delving into a number of totally separate subjects. From vampirism to a detective who thinks the ‘comma’ in his name Burrberry, Raymond has panache, it’s all very , well, odd. But that’s okay. I rather
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Illustrated Hen" by Scott Charles is an intriguing read. Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man" is a collection of discrete sci-fi stories and at first, "The Illustrated Hen" appears to follow that format. But then the characters reappear and it becomes obvious that there is a thread throughout the book. These are not stories, but chapters leading to a surprising and satisfying conclusion. The characters to whom you are introduced are well developed, and the book has a dreamlike, surreal quality ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it twice. A book that tells a bittersweet story using a delightful combination of inner dialogue and descriptive eloquence, it is definitely a "good read." By letting us enter into the mind of a unique young boy, Charles has written a story that is a joy to read. I highly recommend it. ...more
Anne Eston
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book can’t really be explained or even reviewed in a typical sense. It’s a bit of the magical and the surreal. It was a completely unexpected framework for the main character to move through and transcend love, loss and grief. If any of this sounds interesting to you, dive in!—but stick with it. Gets a bit existential in places, but the payoff is grand imo.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Scattered and hard to understand. Assumes knowledge . Never fully becomes clear how it all fit together. If you don't read the epilogue, it even makes less sense. ...more
Renzo Pastor
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! this book was incredible. I loved all the characters and the plot. Mr. Charles did a wonderful job creating this story.
Laurye Brownfield
I loved this book. It has been a while since I read a book that I enjoyed so much. The book keeps you guessing and on more than one occasion, I had to backtrack to check out the characters and to ensure I was keeping them straight. I enjoyed the incorporation of art and other books into the story. The characters were intriguing and kept my attention. The book feels like many threads of stories which all come together in poignant solution. It definitely tugged on my heart strings and made other c ...more
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