Lance Manion’s fast-moving, quirky collection of short stories blends fascinating spins on words and ideas with odd philosophical musings, creating a book that’s both easy to read and curiously absorbing—even haunting—like haiku in prose. There’s a childlike delight to my favorite story—She don’t fade—where a character is advised to remember what pufferfish do when they’re scared. And there are plenty of scares. Procreation is another frequent topic, handled amusingly as people are compared to trees in A Wonderful Thought… Ruined. Excellent titles entice the reader throughout, fascinating science intrigues, curious humor amuses (and sometimes confuses), and together it’s a cool blend of real, impossible, imaginary tales told with self-deprecating humor, cool wordplay and worldplay, and happy delight. Then there’s the cover—okay, that’s definitely odd; it fits the book perfectly.
Disclosure: I was given a copy and I enjoyed it.
(review of free book)