Please humor me as I begin this review with a rather long run-on sentence. It seems the only way to aptly describe how I felt about this book. Are you ready? Brace yourself!
Bears, Recycling and Confusing Time Paradoxes was a book that had me reading fervently, in between bouts of pausing to exclaim "Wait....what????", and then bursting into raucous laughter at the absurdity at was on the page before my boyfriend would look over and demand to know what I was laughing at, to which I could only exclaim "The dragon has wooden teeth! Vampire.....wooden teeth! HA!" and go back to reading.
Each and every story in this anthology is worthy of a very loud and well placed, WTF? What's hilarious to me is that they are all fantastically written. It's as though the book makes fun of itself. The humor is so dry in places that there is nothing to do but just laugh. Your mind is working so hard to try to figure out how that moral, that little gem of information, links to the story that all you can do is laugh. It feels good my friends. It feels good.
Were you ever curious how certain alien races chose their next leader? Why Bigfoot really exists (if he exists at all)? How about what would happen if you were the most unlucky person on Friday the 13th? If these questions have plagued your mind at all, you'll need to pick up Bears, Recycling and Confusing Time Paradoxes. I ask you, what could be better than random laughter?
Yes my dear readers. That about sums it up. Greg X. Graves has compiled a set of short stories that is nothing less than confusing and brilliant, at the same time. Think of it as an utterly random, tongue in cheek, tribute to the fables of old. After all, each story does come complete with a moral! I admit that this isn't going to be for everyone (definitely not man suit wearing lizard people) and I'm okay with that. You have to have a certain kind of weird in your brain to appreciate this brilliance. Am I calling myself weird? Why yes I am. Thank goodness there are authors like Greg X. Graves out there who can cater to people like me.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)