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Dreaming in Fields of Killer Sheep: and Other Stories
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First in a new series from bestselling author and famed O. J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, a “terrific writer and storyteller” (James Patterson). Learn More
Top Customer Reviews
My two favorites among this favorite-rife collection both incorporate a plot twist that brings the reader, shivering with delight and apprehension both, into an unexpected plane. My foremost favorite, "Beneath," follows a hesitant father into the female clothing section seeking a gift for his adolescent daughter. I won't give away the particulars of the stark drama that unfolds, except to say that there is a later conversation between himself and an unrelated adolescent that simply leaps off the page with its unexpected raw emotional honesty, and the startling ways in which such honesty can bring resolution, even if without an actual solution to an immediate problem.
"Godzilla's Revenge," although gruesome in the extreme, is in some ways a much lighter tale, because it is as gripping and (one hopes) unrealistic as the horror flicks of the title and of the narrator's professional bent. In a tale somewhat reminiscent of "Deliverance," two young white-collar city lads step by accident into a grisly adventure in which their unlikely rustic opponents all sport mullets (can we find a more hideous scenario right there?!).Read more ›
The title story, ("Dreaming in Fields of Killer Sheep") is the tale of an advertising executive who watches his highly desirable life implode, horrifically but quite willingly.
The reader might start the story by asking himself, what if Holden Caufield never wandered the streets of Catcher in the Rye's New York in his preteen years? Instead, suppose Caufield grew up and became an advertising executive in Atlanta and only then had his crisis of identity. If so, he might have had a journey similar to that of Stephen Polantil.
Beginning his journey in Atlanta, Stephen Polantil is awakened by an earthquake registering 4.9 on the Richter scale. Not enough to wreak havoc, but enough to alert the reader that Stephen is about to embark upon an unexpected and traumatic quest.
As a high ranking ad executive with higher doubts about the work he is performing and the nature of his relationship to his fiance, Stephen begins an anonymous website he entitles "Sir-Rants-A-Lot" where he pours out what he cannot otherwise express in his professional and personal lives.Read more ›