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on Oct. 13, 2012 :
Dead Birds is a story of dark prophecy, featuring a homeless drunk tracking down some random and scary portents; beheaded pigeons and rings of blood on alley walls. The trail leads him to fascinating encounters with opaque, mysterious characters. An interesting story all the way.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 27, 2012 :
Dead Birds is a good, fast read that gets your mind churning and keeps your fingers flipping pages. Admittedly, some flips of mine were backwards to make sure I hadn’t missed anything important, but that was mainly my fault for skimming ahead, keen to follow the progress of protagonist Hollister, a man living on the streets.
Chad Inglis wastes no space in this thoughtful yet abrupt short story, describing a mutated, unsettlingly familiar world populated by strange, hurting people, some of whom exhibit even odder behaviours. In response to one such behaviour, the serial beheading of pigeons, Hollister breaks through a severe case of “not caring” (an ailment most are afflicted with), and investigates. Hollister encounters kindness in his dark urban world, and ever-stranger acquaintances on his short quest. Dead Birds culminates in an event so unexpected and written so matter-of-factly that I had to read the sentence several times to be sure it had happened.
A story about a simple witness to the world’s madness maintaining his goodness in the face of (what on the surface seems to be) pointless evil and hopelessness, I found Dead Birds to be quite intelligent and well-written, altogether a satisfying read.
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