on July 29, 2011 :
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)
on May 16, 2011 :
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this, and it definitely wasn't what I thought. I was pleasantly surprised. It was laugh-out-loud funny.
When your family comes to investigate the source of your raucous laughter, you know it's good stuff.
Here's the thing: the stories are COMPLETELY ridiculous. There's not a shred of logic in this book. That's definitely a part of its appeal. Seriously hilarious.
I mean really, who HASN'T worried about Lizardmen wearing Mansuits?! Who HASN'T wondered what they do when they sleepwalk?!
This book answers those questions and more...all with a moral.
Seriously, this is hilarious. Pick it up for a great, quick laugh.
(side note: if you're sensitive, you'll need to watch for some language about halfway through)
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on May 10, 2011 :
This has to be one of the most bizarre collections of stories I have ever read. When the author contacted me to ask if I would like to review the book, it sounded like it would be a fun, maybe crazy, read. Crazy is an understatement. This book takes crazy to a whole new level. Each story is only a few pages long, and at the end of each page is a moral that, somehow, links to the story. Sounds pretty straightforward right? A kind of Aesop’s Fables for adults, if you will. But then consider that the morals are only very loosely linked to the actual stories. That the morals are, regularly, even more strange than the stories themselves. Oh, and sometimes we have no idea how the moral connects to the story whatsoever. Confused? Yes, I was too.
Confusion, though, gives way to humour in this collection of stories. ‘Serious’ readers need not apply. There has to be a huge level of suspended belief when reading this collection. If you are the kind of reader that can just open a book and go along for the ride, you will love it. After the initial shock at just how strange some of these stories are, the humour starts to shine through and I found myself smiling a lot whilst reading. The author clearly has a vivid imagination and this collection is the perfect showcase of that. The writing was pretty good but I sometims found the plots difficult to follow.
All things considered, it did make me smile, but it wasn’t for me. That said, I think that it would be a good read for those who like light, humourous reads and for fans of speculative short fiction.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 27, 2011 :
Funny and just thoroughly enjoyable!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)