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The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns Paperback – March 28, 2013
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From Kirkus Reviews
“Chartier presents 12 insightful short stories that address important issues using sci-fi, fantasy and theological themes. In this debut collection, each story couches moral messages in entertaining, satisfying stories. In “A Visit from Mr.Dark,” an old man bravely accompanies the personification of Death, relating his unconditional love of a partner he once lost. In “The Stars Like Virions,” the author presents readers with an emotionally gripping tale of a mother and son escaping a brutal husband and father, featuring a satisfying, out-of-this-world ending. Tantalizing in its childlike innocence, “Adeena’s Pet” explores greed and terrorism in the story of a tiny, gifted visitor from another world who saves the lives of a girl and her older sibling in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. In the dystopian “The Blues,” shape-shifting aliens run a post-apocalyptic Earth and use mobsters to sell humans mind-control drugs. In “Tin Man,” a detective and his android partner chase down a terminally ill doctor whose mind has been taken over by the very thing designed to cure him. Chartier’s simple style often conceals the skill with which he approaches deeply cerebral topics; the last story, “Interview,” takes aim at terrorism and religious, sexual and racial bigotry in a story in which souls are interrogated and judged by gatekeepers who were the targets of their hatred on Earth. Not all the stories are successful… …Overall, however, Chartier delivers a fine collection that covers a full spectrum of engaging topics. A page-turning compilation of speculative short stories.”
About the Author
Benoit Chartier is a self-proclaimed deranged Canadian madman who spends his time writing off-the-wall prose and training a wild monkey army to carry out his tasks. He lives with his wife and unborn child in the mountains of Lake Chuzenji, Japan, where he’s quietly plotting a better tapioca pudding.
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Short stories are a different mindset for some. There isn't much room for full character development and the stories can fall flat without a lot of background.
Mr. Chartier does not have any of these issues with his wonderful and witty collection of short stories.
The note from the publisher doesn't do this collection justice. I was pleasantly surprised by these 12 shorts. The stories are clever, original and inventive.
I knew I was going to like Benoit Chartier's book of short stories as soon as I finished the first one; the story for which the whole book is named, "The Calumnist Malefesto". I saw myself in the character Brian. I am Brian, I was Brian in school and I related to Brian however briefly I saw his interactions with girls in the opening story, all of three pages. I was hooked!
I typically know if I am going to like an author once I decide if I like their "voice". Their style, their way of writing. And I adored Mr. Chartier's voice immensely. The stories, though some of them are very short, deal with some major issues in a clever and entertaining style. A spousal abuse story where the bride turns the tide on her abuser in a very justified manner, AI and the abuse of phone technology where the AI shines a light on the shallowness of the race to be the best/richest/most popular, alternate realities, infinite universes or simply divine intervention in saving people from certain death? same sex marriage, aliens and other topics, all with an interesting twist and from a unique point of view.
I do have one complaint with Mr. Chartier's stories. They are too short! Please tell me there is a longer novel somewhere on the horizon as I would love to see some of these subjects, or at least enjoy his talent fleshed out into a longer work.
8.5 out of 10.