- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1533194610
- ISBN-13: 978-1533194619
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,734,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tree Bomber & Other Stories Paperback – May 10, 2016
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About the Author
Father. Husband. Writer. Cyclist. Yogi. www.soullessmachine.com Aaron M. Wilson is most is most notably a writer of short stories. His fiction is a strange mixture of science fiction, urban fantasy, bike mechanics, tattoos, yoga, and environmental activism. When is he is not staring off into the void, cooking dinner, doing laundry, or running after his rainbow attired daughter, he enjoys contemplating whether Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would rather join the Justice League or the Avengers. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hamline University. He earned his B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse, with a Minor in Environmental Studies.
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The author offers no definitive answers, but choses to look at this question especially through liberal lenses: how we eat, how we get around, how we relate to “the darkness,” and most notably, how we as individuals rub against the dominant rules and beliefs of society.
I particularly found the two stories that tackled the food issue head on, “The First Supper” and “What’s for Dinner,” engaging, relevant, and thought-provoking. They were sharp, fast reads with no extra fat.
Throughout the collection, vivid imagery dovetailed well with theme. I could picture the urban scenes of both blight and renewal in “Tree Bomber;” I could taste the suburban fast-food fest that opens “Rising of Cthulhu’s Cultist” and get lost in the psychedelic dreamland that followed.
Certain characters, while morally ambiguous, were well drawn and engaging, especially Daniel Seward of “The Bike Mechanic” and Sadie Lewis of “Tree Bomber.”
The stories that indulged my inner bicycle geek especially made me happy (The Bike Mechanic, Tree Bomber, Lethal Options).
These stories will appeal to a reader looking for something different, meaty (while also being vegan!) and provocative. Read if you’re into genre-bending mash-ups, punk-hardcore-eco lifestyles and ideals, or bicycle fiction.
I did not give this compendium 5 stars because I tend to be a stickler about typos. RAGBRAI, for example, was misspelled as RAGBRI, which was a little off-putting. Such easy fixes, both in spelling and some grammar mistakes, are a little annoying to see. But, these kinds of typos certainly did not take away from my overall enjoyment of Aaron’s book.
Aaron is a talented writer with a clear mastery of the short story genre. I was compelled and eager to continue reading within the first few paragraphs of each story, devouring and ending each of them with disappointment and hunger because…I wanted more. Which is really what such stories are supposed to instigate: a wanting for more information, background, and possibility. Hence, again, Aaron has offered us the opportunity to fill in the blanks and carry on with our own brand of engagement and crusading. I’ve already started talking about “tree bombing” with friends and students. Perhaps instead of more violence and human-caused denudation of the Earth in the coming month and years, we’ll start seeing, demanding and generating more beauty and kindness in our communities. I, for one, am not so excited about having to choose between only “lethal options” when my time comes.
Thank you, Aaron!