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  • File Size: 261 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terribleminds; First Kindle Edition edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IARV00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter and game designer. He's the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, and the YA Heartland series. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. Wendig has contributed over two million words to the game industry. He is also well known for his profane-yet-practical advice to writers, which he dispenses at his blog, terribleminds.com, and through several popular e-books, including The Kick-Ass Writer, published by Writers Digest. He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, tiny human, and red dog.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. White on January 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Feeling a little post-holiday blues? Housebound by the Snowpocalypse? Well I've got something to occupy your time and cheer you up: Irregular Creatures, the new short story collection from mad genius penmonkey Chuck Wendig. Anyone familiar with Chuck's always inspired, take-no-prisoners style of blogging over at TerribleMinds already knows how talented of a writer he is. I'll do my best to convey the sheer awesomeness that is Irregular Creatures, but it's really something you should do yourself a favor and experience firsthand. Here we go...

"Dog-Man and Cat-Bird (A Flying Cat Story)" - Seems kind of odd to call a short story epic, but this one certainly is. Joe, a struggling sculptor, gets more than a bad night's sleep when he's banished to the sofa one night after an argument with his wife. An injured cat shows up at the back door and, when Joe tries to shoo it away, promptly dies. Or so Joe thought: I came back to the garage, only to find that the cat had sprouted wings. This was not a possibility I had considered, nor was it a possibility I accepted upon its discovery. And yet not only does he come to accept it, but when he discovers his son is a pawn in a battle between good and evil Joe realizes that Cat-Bird is much more than a genetic freak. This is my favorite story in the collection, and it's worth the price of admission for this one alone.

"A Radioactive Monkey" - A cautionary tale about the dangers of drinking strange concoctions, especially if done to impress a beautiful woman you barely know. This one would be right at home as a Tales From the Crypt episode.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristin L Molnar on January 12, 2011
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This is a fantastic collection of short stories. I devoured it as quickly as one can while chasing a two year old around the house. Wendig's blunt delivery is refreshing. It's alternately sad, funny, horrific, weird and just plain awesome. In the immortal words of Yo Gabba Gabba (hey, I have a toddler, this is my life) "Try it, you'll like it."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick A. Carroll on January 13, 2011
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I've been a fan of Chuck Wendig for a while now, and last year I was very lucky to not only make a connection with him, but to start calling him a friend. Not a friend in the "hey dude, lend my twenty bucks and don't look at my girl like that" sort of way, more in the "I've got a giant wad of cabbage in my pocket, and it's your fault" way. What does that mean? God only knows. God only knows.

From the very first story, Irregular Creatures grabs you. What you could simply shunt off as a silly premise grips you with strong characters, sharp writing, and amazingly vivid imagery that puts you right in the moment. You aren't simply along for the ride, you are put into the world and Chuck creates and you can feel it live and breathe, and that is a damn sexy thing.

Don't buy this book because it might be good, buy it because you have been good and deserve a treat. You deserve it. Treat yourself right.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2011
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Once upon a time I went to a local bookstore and the guy behind the counter asked me what kind of books I liked to read.

I said, "Weird ones, mostly."

He got the strangest look on his face. I'm sure he'd been expecting me to say, Mystery or Horror or some other easily defined genre. At last he said, "Well we've got some Steven King stuff over there."

I'm not sure why "weird" isn't a genre by now. If I was running a book store it would have a section labeled "Weird Stuff," You'd go over there and find books like Three Bags Full, House of Leaves, The Beasts of New York, and the Thursday Next Series. And if you went a further down the row, nestled somewhere between Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede and When Graveyards Yawn you'd find a little book by Chuck Wendig called Irregular Creatures.

Reading this book was a strange experience for me. See, when I was a kid we used to go to the creek and swim. I remember dipping my toe into the freezing water, and then my feet, and then my legs. Finally, I'd take the plunge and sink my whole body into the water. After a minute or two I was wondering why I had been so freaked out by a little cold water.

Getting into this book was a lot like getting into that creek. It took me a while to acclimatize to the style of prose Wendig employs to deliver his stories. At first it struck me as overly simplistic and far too direct. But gradually as that first story slowly unfolded I began to understand. From that point on there was no turning back. I plowed forward through each increasingly weird tale and loved every minute of it.

There are books that you will read for the sheer beauty of the sentences, the perfect poetry of the prose. This isn't one of those books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Pettigrew on May 17, 2011
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I've never reviewed a book on amazon before. This will be short.

Disclaimer: I've been acquainted with Mr. Wendig since he ran a BBS way back in the dark ages of the early 90's "How do I get newsgroups on my BBS?" Internet...

A few months before Irregular Creatures was published, I found [...] via "I wonder what happened to those guys who used to be in the BBS scene?" searches. I became a lurker on the site's blog, occasionally posting foolish "Me too!" type garbage. When "Irregular Creatures" was published, I grabbed a copy for my nook and was granted a view into a fun/creepy/funny/sad/inspired collection of stories. Each story has its own voice, its own feel, its own genre to be wedged into.

I loved them all, even those that made me cringe and think, "I really shouldn't enjoy reading this, but I certainly do!".

Get a copy. Read it. Enjoy it. You'll thank youself and Chuck later! ;)
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