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on Sep. 13, 2013 :
Hunger is fantastic. Way too short for me, but an excellent read. I realize that this is Barton’s preferred medium (he’s likes writing short stories and he’s good at it), but some of these narratives felt like dipping my toe in the ocean. I know there could be more, but I’ll never find out because the tide went out. All were equally good, but the first one, the Mask of Sisyphus left marks on me. It’s about a man who works at a fast food joint in the future whose boss makes him an offer he can’t refuse. I don’t know whether to call it fiction or a critique on modern society’s minimum wage slaves. Each paragraph is bursting with the author’s thoughts on the subject, but cleverly masked to read like fiction. I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice it to say that the protagonist does what his boss wants, and things go topsy-turvy from there. I do have a small issue though: his style reads like a stream of consciousness making the narrative a little less tight than it could be. I found myself rereading several paragraphs over to try to get what he was telling me. Overall, the entire book is excellent and I highly recommend it. Barton’s writing reminds me of Philip K. Dick and I can see his work being optioned into Hollywood movies years down the line. It’s really that good.
I'd give Hunger 5 stars because the story is excellent, but is overridden by the writing style at times and jolts me out of the flow.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 20, 2013 :
First of all, I do feel hungry after reading these unusual stories. Some of them have common themes while others employ subjects and plot elements I would have never thought of. Either way, never anger a chicken or verbally assault tropical fruit.
(reviewed the day of purchase)