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Historical Inaccuracies Paperback – November 2, 2013
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It's a hard book to read. Eclectic. Absurdist. Beautiful. Painful. Sometimes cynical.If you don't like diving and swooping exuberantly between genres, you won't like this at all. Don't close your eyes or you'll miss something. The prose is beyond solid, it's beautiful.
Obviously, it's recommended. I'm pretty sure this is literature, as Literature, but it's full of a maniacal, crazy joy that you don't get with the straight-laced and buttoned-down Contemporary Lit scene. Also, don't read anything immediately after this. It will suffer by comparison.
I was supposed to have read this book some time ago. I have apologized to myself (and to the spirit of the author), for having waited so long to read this, because having FINALLY read and completed "Historical Inaccuracies", I have to say that I am really impressed with this author's evolution in writing and with his imagination overall (I reviewed an earlier book of his, titled "Neon Lights"; the author has since then stepped his writing 'game' up)!
This entire collection is a little too short for my liking. Most of the stories I REALLY enjoyed reading; and then there were others that disappointed me, because they made me 'sad'. I am impressed that the author was able to weave what seems to be seemingly effortlessly between outright comedy, wit, and stories with more serious undertones.
I am in agreement with all of the POSITIVE reviews, but especially the review coming from 'SciFiMagPie', in that initially, I had NO idea what I was reading; sometimes, I had to re-read passages (and some of the entire stories) to fully understand WHAT I had gotten myself into. This is not a bad thing....not a bad thing at all! Because it is such an 'odd' collection of short stories, it made me appreciate and fully savor the act of reading to comprehend.
I also LOVE that the author has decided to try his penmanship in diving into...dare I say...Science Fiction/Fantasy? I am not too 'hip' on the 'Science Fiction/Fantasy' genres, with the exception of a few authors and their stories (i.e. Octavia Butler, Minister Faust, Tananarive Due, and Theodore Sturgeon, of course), but I think that I know a little bit enough about 'style' to make an educated guess about where Zig Zag/C.E. Young ended up at times.
My FAVORITE stories were (in order):
(1) Revolver: Good God, that is some FINE writing. I've never read anything quite like it. SciFi/SyFy for sure. I LOVED it; THAT should have been its' own NOVEL...
(2) The Aliens Cloned Trent Darcell: This too could qualify as SciFi, but it was so funny that I count it as COMEDY. I really laughed out loud several times while re-reading this (for pleasure, not for comprehension).
(3) Modus Vivendi: Hilarious! There is a good short story right before this one ("Hollywood") that made me both laugh and reflect, but it was THIS story that surprised me, coming from the author; I did not expect this particular style coming from him, and this is what convinced me that he should be a contender for critical acclaim in the future...I hope that I am not wrong.
I hope that the author continues to write more 'fiction' just like this in the future, but if he should decide to evolve into something else entirely, I am sure that I will be just as pleased with whatever he decides to serve up and dish...
I am sold enough to become a permanent 'fan'. I am now ready to proceed with his next offering on my list, "By All Our Violent Guides".
Again, I REALLY enjoyed this short work (that I assumed he put MUCH work into; it really is worthy of five stars). I will be looking very much forward to his future writings.