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Clark Casey is a glass-completely-empty kind of guy.
on Nov. 20, 2011 :
Despite the abbreviated format, Casey manages to pack a lot of story into this amusing novella. It begins when a pair of 'New Yawk' mates, Rosco and Vesper (aka Leonardo), pick up two girls they tag the Jesus Fish and the Slaughter Bird in a Manhattan bar. in a series of short, sharp chapters we follow the four characters and their relationships over the next twenty years.
Without any real idea what to expect I was quickly drawn into this well written, compact story. The Jesus Fish and Slaughter Bird is, perhaps surprisingly, a satirical romantic comedy but with it's own quirky style. For me, it wasn't the type of story you laugh out loud with but it's certain to raise a smile or two and for native New Yorkers it might resonate more strongly. I was impressed that the author was able to create such fully rounded characters that live complete lives within the novella's pages. The journey of the protagonists is both entirely ordinary and slightly absurd involving artistic aspirations, pool hustling, erotic dreams, the millennium bug and love. There are plenty of diversions but eventually Rosco gets his Jesus Fish, though the Slaughter Bird and Vesper don't fare quite so well.
At just under 19,000 words (about 60 pages) The Jesus Fish and the Slaughter Bird is quick, unusual but very readable novella to enjoy.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 05, 2011 :
Well written downbeat story with an upbeat ending.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)