This collection is a mixed bag of achingly poignant vignettes and snickering irony that entertains as well as it enlightens. The stories and poems read as beautifully as ancient parables, each piece artfully crafted and lyrically delivered. Hutchings shows a fondness for withholding revelation until the very last word of a tale, to powerful effect. He also indulges in the occasional punning spree, deploying wordplay with such reckless abandon that readers may dare commend him for his crimes. Archetypes and stereotypes populate the cast of characters, and absurdity and caricature abound, tempered by striking insight.
Hutchings' grim brand of humor and commentary comes highly recommended. I received a free download of this e-book from the author in exchange for a review, but would gladly have paid several times the advertised price had I known what clever fun awaited me inside.