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Dead Animals Paperback – August 10, 2013
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CS DeWildt is a liar and he will hurt you. He lives in the desert and wrote a novella called Candy and Cigarettes. Visit him at csdewildt.com.
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Hemmingway made me a fan of short fiction, which is an unoriginal thing to say, but it's true. His short story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" gave me this odd feeling of empty melancholy that I've been looking to find in literature ever since. I don't want this to sound like I'm kissing ass or trying to talk you into buying this book, but there's a short story in DeWildt's collection that gave me that same feeling. "The Squirrel Hunter" is about midway through Dead Animals and I absolutely loved it. It's dark and simple and perfect and it left me feeling something profound. I wish I could simply post it in its entirety right here in this review because I know that if you read it, you'd become a lifelong fan of DeWildt's work just as I am.
DeWildt has that odd ability to impart something through prose that's often missing in other indie authors, and I can't strongly enough recommend that you buy this book.
You know how a lot of lit, even good lit, still seems to be about other stories, other books? Does that make sense? So often it is the same old things: the same settings, the same characters, the same language, the same conclusions -- just filtered through a new writer's voice.
That is NOT the case here with Dead Animals. Every story here is about a person and a place and a situation that could actually exist but that -- as far as I can tell -- has never been told, has never been sketched or painted before. I dare you to read this book and find a cliché. Seriously, try it.
Some stories were okay, some seemed to be little more than vulgarity and violence trying to pose as something edgy. In a couple instances, it seemed the author forgot where he was going or ran out of story before he reached his destination.
Multiple spelling and grammatical errors.
I am glad to see the author has at least 11 friends, though.
I was not impressed.