Wednesday 13 May 2015

Some short reviews

Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

Trout Fishing in America by Richard…

Brautigan’s most famous, and possibly most surreal book. I didn’t enjoy it as much as say [Sombrero Fallout] but entertaining nonetheless.

Overall – Odd, quirky and of its time

Squirrel machine by Hans Rickheit

 The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit

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This is a Surreal horror that’s  all manners of odd. I liked it. I’m not sure why. The narrative is darkly nebulous but the art is very good. I’d try and summarise the plot but I’m not sure that’s possible. Ostensibly it’s the story of two brothers, a pig lady, musical instruments made from taxidermied animals and a doorway into a dreamscape full of metaphor.

Overall - It’s a dark mindscape

Naming Monsters By Hannah Eaton

Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton

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A coming of age tale. Fran is an amateur cryptozoologist who catalogues monsters to cope with the world. Her relationship with her best friend, her father, her boyfriend and her nana are explored and the usual sexual awakening is explored. Not sure the narrative quite gelled and the monster stuff seemed like an adjunct rather than fully blended.

Overall – OK coming of age tale

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