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Zebra Skin Shirt: A Strattford County Yarn, (Volume 3) Paperback – July 1, 2018
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into the Twilight Zone as it exists on the plains of Eastern Colorado. Hill's
imagination on full-blast is a force of nature. This ranks with the best of Vonnegut's mind-benders, but with more laughs page-for-page.
--Zach Boddicker, Author of The Essential Carl Mahogany
A basketball referee with the Pynchonesque name of Narwal Slotterfield orders a hamburger at a diner in eastern Colorado and time stops across the universe. What happens after that becomes a funhouse-mirror holograph of a novel produced by Slotterfield's cornered brain as it tries to understand this new world. Time hasn't stopped, he learns, it has just slowed down, slow enough to allow Gregory Hill's wild story to unfold in completely unexpected ways.
--John Vernon, Author of Lucky Billy
Part mystery, part Steven Wright stand-up routine, part Einsteinian thought experiment, what do you call Zebra Skin Shirt? Sly-Fi? Off-off-off-beat? Magical Surrealism? Whatever it is, three cheers for the unforgettable former amateur basketball referee, Narwhal W. Slotterfield, and his creator, the wildly imaginative Gregory Hill.
--Mike Keefe, Political Cartoonist
Zebra Skin Shirt rocks. One. Of. A. Kind.
--Mark Stevens, Author of the Allison Coil Mystery Series
A psychedelic tale of adventure and love unfolding on Hill's beloved Eastern Colorado Plains. Our hero and narrator, Narwhal Slotterfield, treks through tornadoes, gutted homesteads and survivalist compounds all while navigating an alternative time/space reality. He's on a journey of self-discovery that resonates as an experimental love song to rural culture on the plains.
--Richard Saxton, M12 Studio Director and Professor University of Colorado Boulder
About the Author
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942280513
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942280514
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 6.08 x 0.76 x 8.33 inches
- Publisher : Bower House (July 1, 2018)
- Language: : English
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Narwhal, a basketball referee and an enthusiastic philosopher of life’s big questions and its most obscure puzzles, returns to the dining room where Veronica is waiting.
Only to realize that time has stopped.
At first, Narwhal thinks it’s a joke. A good one. The coffee being dispensed from waitress Flo’s coffee pot is frozen mid-pour.
“The whole world was trapped in amber. But there was no amber.”
Narwhal is alone in a frozen world—and we readers are launched on a whirlwind, free-fall, madcap, blender-set-to-puree, mixed up, quirky, topsy-turvy adventure that ricochets around the eastern plains as Narwhal seizes the moment to perhaps settle a score with “Blad the Impaler,” a.k.a. Bradley Ludermeyer, who works for The Denver Broncos and whose duties include enforcing the appearance clause in the cheerleaders’ contracts.
Well, “Blad” has it coming in Narwhal’s mind. It has something to do with fakery and “the pooch kick” but really there’s no need to go into a whole lot of detail about what sends Narwhal on a crazy run from town to town through storms and harrowing situations, including a frozen tornado, the first of its kind in the history of recorded literature.
There are many things Narwhal can accomplish while the world is on pause—it turns out that the world is, in fact, moving but at an almost imperceptible rate—and more than a few opportunities will present themselves as he makes his way to Denver and back.
Along the way, we get ample doses of Narhwal’s family history and a healthy dollops of his thoughts and opinions about the thrills and challenges of working as a high school basketball referee, a job that allows him to put his thumb on the scale of victory when needed.
Narwhal: “Imagine a game between the Grateful Dead and the members of Motörhead. Imagine a sloth subletting a room from a beehive. Imagine Mad Max’s wife and toddler running away from an anarchic Australian motorcycle mob. Then bring me in to clear things up. I invent new infractions, like Over-Dribbling or Failure to Use a Pivot Foot.”
Zebra Skin Shirt, “A Strattford County Yarn,” is Jack Kerouac on amphetamines. It’s Proust on meth. It’s James Joyce on nitrous oxide. It’s Lewis Carroll after smoking a bowl of The Blue Dream. The tornado of thoughts inside Narwhal’s head is in full, high-speed rotation and it scoops us up for the ride. It’s occasionally crude, relentlessly brash, and endlessly entertaining. Narwhal passes up no opportunity to tell us what he thinks about how the world is put together all seen through the prism of a basketball referee with his personal sense of justice and fairness.
Zebra Skin Shirt is being published by Conundrum Press alongside reprints of Hill’s first two novels—East of Denver (winner of the Colorado Book Award for literary fiction and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest) and The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles.
The trilogy now comes with snazzy new psychedelic covers and the books are published under the “Strattford County” header. The package makes sense because Zebra Skin Shirt sends Narwhal smack into the vicinity of Jabez Millstone, ex-Korean War nurse with PTSD issues who played a major role in Johnny Riles, and it puts Narwhal into the middle of the bank robbery scene that played such a critical role in East of Denver.
It also makes sense because, well, every page of all three novels provides an opportunity see Hill’s lively imagination in full flight.
Dr. Slotterfield (husband/adopted father, U of Denver Professor 19th Century French Ethics), & Dr. Slotterfield (wife/adopted mother, U of Denver Professor Astrogeology), adopted Narwhal W. Slotterfield at an early age.
At 6’8” Narwhal (33, mixed race, basketball ref, aka zebra, adopted) never went out for basketball.
Getting razzed on by everyone at the game was quite common.
Even the cheerleaders made up a chant about Narwhal.
Lakewood, CO. Just by chance it was raining cats/dogs.
Narwhal not the best at being polite/manners gave Veronica Vasquez his umbrella as she got off the bus.
Fast forward, they exchanged information & were soon dating.
They took a trip to her hometown St. Louis, MO.
Holliday, CO., Cookie’s Palace Diner. Narwhal was going to propose to Veronica “Vero”.
Flo (waitress, aka Sandy Boudreaux), & Cookie McHamburger (aka Darrel Swets, 25+, cook) worked there. Axel Buster (old timer) was a local patron.
1 day unbelievable, Don Connelly Head of the Office of Big 12 Athletics Oversight head called Narwhal.
1st round CU Golden Buffaloes Men’s Basketball vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders.
That was the last call he ever got.
Fast forward, Keaton, CO. What did Veronica “Vero” Vasquez write on a piece of paper to Narwhal?
Narwhal has taken it upon himself to help provide for Charlene Morning who is P/G from either John/Vernon Riles.
What surprise did she have for him?
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written humor (satire) book. It wasn’t very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. I’m not sure I understood this story content. That said I will only rate it at 3/5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; Conundrum Press; AmazonCrossing; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)