- File Size: 219 KB
- Print Length: 108 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (August 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0062WC4UE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andersen Prunty is swiftly becoming one of my favorite authors due to his versatility, something that is nicely illustrated in this short story collection. The stories contained within are absurd, hilarious, disturbing, thought-provoking, or a combination thereof.
There are twenty-three short stories in this collection and they're all very different. You get the tale of a driver in a gruesome game where you score points for hitting pedestrians, a man whose teeth leave his gums one day to go see the world, an architect building a skyscraper on his back, and a man who buys his favorite author at a bookstore. And those are just a few of the odd delights contained within.
If you're looking to give Andersen Prunty a shot, this is a good sampling of his work. Plus it will look good on your bookshelf.
I don't fear the government. I don't fear masked killers or food poisoning or earthquakes or Amway salesmen. But Andersen Prunty scares the hell out of me. I've met him. Shared a beer with him. Very very scary.
And that's how I got hooked on his books.
One could say this collection of Prunty's short stories comes off like Aesop's Fables if Aesop was into peyote. But there is much depth and versatility within these pages. Some stories are oddly inspiring like `The Balloonman's Secret', some are clever commentaries like `Reading Manko' and many others are simply WTF hilarious. He jumps in and out of genius, dances with boundary crossing horror and wraps it in one very warped sense of humor. It's like reading Mad Libs done by Stephen Hawkins, Gilbert Gottfried and Vlad the Impailer.
The back cover says this book is written by `the most well-adjusted man in the universe'. What's so frightening is it's quite possible that statement is true.
In this wonderful collection, The Driver's Guide to Hitting Pedestrians, Prunty's surreal narratives weave in and out of logic without ever feeling forced. That's the gift Prunty provides us: His dream logic doesn't ever feel random or weird just for the sake of spontaneity. No matter what happens, it feels deliberate, carefully constructed, and beautifully expressed.
The Driver's Guide to Hitting Pedestrians features Prunty's musings on "the twenty-three most painful things in life" including such diverse topics as "relationships," "fate" and "pants." Once I started reading, I devoured these stories. There wasn't a single story among the bunch that I felt didn't belong here, though I'd like to highlight a few of my favorites without spoiling any of the surprises:
The titular story leads the charge, and is a wonderful exercise in world building. It takes the author mere sentences to lay out a whole sociopathic society for us, the detail dripping from the wheel wells of the drivers who run down pedestrians. Great characters, a fun story and a wondrous dystopian vision.
The Balloon Man's Secret is easily one of the best short stories I've read in the past year. Poignant, amusing and written in a stylized way that establishes a time and place that seem familiar yet uniquely distinct. The character of the balloon man, and the people he meets, are absolutely wonderful, and the story wraps up so perfectly.Read more ›
The cover and Prunty's hilarious description sold me on the book right away. Then I read it and that was good too. I make smart decisions.
Anwyay, the title story is a wonderful bit of macabre about a contest to see who can injure the most pedestrians. The contest comes complete with an oddball set of rules and a desperate, deranged cast of characters. This story is probably the closest to a standard narrative in the whole book, but it's still wild, weird, and fatalistic.
"The Laughing Crusade" might be my favorite. After finishing his treatise on the New Anarchist Revolution, a man retreats to his back porch for a beer and a cigarette. He soon stumbles upon the fact that the entire neighborhood is filled with people maniacally laughing and that they're going to crush all the non-laughers. The ending is truly disturbing--images I won't soon forget.
"Princess Electricity" is a surreal journey into a world where one buys loaves of bread with 10 ideas or gets a job by having the name Terry. And some random girl controls all of the electricity.
Every story in here is the real deal--unpredictable, imaginative, often funny. I like the variety in this collection--some of the stories lean toward horror, others toward fantasy, others are straight bizarro. Prunty's an author I can't get enough of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While interesting, I don' think that I liked this style of book. Short though if you want to experiment.Published 5 months ago by Neku
I really like Andersen Prunty, but I made the mistake of reading too many of his books in a row. They are great for a shock to the system every once in a while, but quickly become... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sydney T T McConnell
It read like gibberish to me, perhaps I am missing some underlying meanings. Was quick to read and a little satirical, which I enjoy, but very hard to understand the point to most... Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Downs
This is the first book I have read by Anderson Prunty and I have to say it was awesome. Some stories are very short but they leave you thinking none the less. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dawson lee voge
Maybe 10% of this guy's stories are even coherent narratives. Most of them come off seeming like fever dreams. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason J Bradley
This book came off like a long night of dreaming fragments. You wake up with bits and pieces, some that won't leave you alone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Liz F
I quit after reading two stories and skimming a few others. All seemed equally nauseating. I refuse to clutter my mind with his sickness.Published 10 months ago by Van
This one struck me as possibly a dream journal. Well, considering the author, more of a nightmare journal ;) Short (shorter than usual for a short story) snippets. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. M. Klasen
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