I don't remember how I discovered Kuboa, but I remember falling in love with the artwork of all of the books on there. I feel like my reviews are pretty darn terrible when it comes to short story collections, because they are short and simple. There's not really much to talk about and my memory kind of sucks. The only stories I like tend to stay in my memory. Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh is probably one of the few short story collections that are actually burnt into my mind. My reviews probably won't do justice for any short story collections.
I kind of have mixed feelings for this collection. I give this author 1,000 points for originality though. The story in this collection are kind of bizarre and leave me with the oddest feeling, that is the biggest gem about this collection. However, there is something about the writing style that left me unsatisfied, I like that there are different voices with every story but I always find myself confused with what is going on. Maybe it's just me.
The originality of this work makes it likeable for me. The first two stories left me with feelings of sadness but at the same time I was like "Wait, that's messed up." The first one is about an anti-abortion guy who dates girls and provides support for their abortions, so I actually wondered if this story was a social commentary, very interesting. The first story and the second story both share the theme of wanting to impress others by faking your own self and that usually never works. Well, that's how I interpreted it. There's a story that's kind of like a western, where the characters play cards and then they die. Yeah, that's a good synopsis, but the ending was pretty cool.
In between these short stories, there's a novella or a novelette, I don't know the word count. It's a weird combination of vampires, living on different planets like Mars, possibly aliens, gladiators and a stadium, two vampire guys who are in love. Yeah, it's really out there, I actually wish it was longer.
I do like this collection, for it's originality and all that stuff, but I don't know, maybe some of it wasn't my cup of tea? I feel confused, this is a horrible review.
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(review of free book)