Dead Birds

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Newt Run is a town that shouldn't exist, a town of artists, drug dealers, miners and steam. It’s a town at the center of a broken universe, and broken universes have the bad tendency to fall apart. In this tale, a homeless man takes it upon himself to find out why so many pigeons are turning up without their heads. More
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Words: 3,980
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301399635
About Chad Inglis

Writer of fine urban fantasy and pre-apocalyptic fiction.

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Review by: Tom Lichtenberg 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.
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Review by: Beth Madden 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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