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Mr. Minnis: You're an unsung genius.
on September 2, 2015
Michael Minnis is an unsung genius. This book blew me away starting from page one. YES, it reminded me of Slaughter House Five but NO, it wasn't a direct clone of Vonnegut in anyway. It's resemblance was from the non-linear story form. Which I love, and I think more stories need to be told that way. Pulp Fiction and Catch 22 were written that way, and they all have their own vibe to the story structure. It also has that shoulder shrugging quality to tragedy like Vonnegut's work as well. The worst moments weren't so much the death, but the futility and hopelnessness after the fact. The whole "Now what?" after all was lost. Albert Behrens was such a remarkable character. Here was this dude who's ideals were nothing like mine. I saw how brain washed the people of Germany were via the Nazi's propaganda. Here was a man who contributed to said brain washing and propaganda in the most delightful, goofy sort of way...which was ultimately terrifying. Albert was just a hopeless, pathetic sack of (bleep) too. Practically handing over his true love to the enemy, and taking his once beautiful life for granted...only to realize what he lost from his need to feel important. Albert Behrens is like too many people I know. And they aren't Nazi's. We're also subjugated to the same goofy, whimsical propaganda akin to Albert's provision. Marvel super hero movies anyone? Xbox game addiction? Hey, why not get on Facebook and go RA RA RA to a group of people who believe in the same ideals.
The end was particularly poignant. While some have stated it felt like it was a different story at the end, I felt it was perfect. There was an allegory to his Hare character to how we treat technology and the internet.
I hope to see this book rise from the ranks of "discounted independent published book" to "a modern classic, and part of a top 20 recommended reading list" I loved this book so much, I shall order a print version very soon.
My last words are: Mr Minnis, I do hope you're writing some new tales in the same spirit and quality soon. I can't wait.