G. Arthur Brown
- Title: I Like Turtles: The Collected Flashes of G. Arthur Brown
- Author: G. Arthur Brown
- ISBN: null
- Page: 453
- Format: Kindle Edition
Pulling your mother s pork Drinking sea water while falling in love with a dead manatee Installing windows in wives Waging a lawnmower war on weeds while avoiding poisoning Paying for the wrong photos with an 80 bill You know The usual G Arthur Brown, author of the New Bizarro Author Series novella Kitten, brings you pretty much all his flash fiction and prose pPulling your mother s pork Drinking sea water while falling in love with a dead manatee Installing windows in wives Waging a lawnmower war on weeds while avoiding poisoning Paying for the wrong photos with an 80 bill You know The usual G Arthur Brown, author of the New Bizarro Author Series novella Kitten, brings you pretty much all his flash fiction and prose poems written between 2008 and 2014, save for anything that might have been destroyed by Acts of God, electromagnetic terrorism, and evil exes Here he showcases his playful, cerebral, surreal, and disturbing imagination in 54 separate flashes of absurdity.
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About a week ago, I was walking home from my thrice-daily Taco Bell meal, looking forward to an afternoon of intimate lovemaking with a tube sock I have affectionately named "Mab." While walking, an old Ford Aerostar with the windows spray-painted black jumped the sidewalk, blocking my path. A short, bearded man wearing gigantic knockoff sunglasses shot a dart in my neck, and the next thing I remember was being in some sort of a dungeon, a pit dug in somebody's crawl space."Read this!" said the [...]
I Like Turtles has a box-of-chocolates sort of feel to it in that you know each piece is going to be a flash fiction story and that each story will, to some extent or other, be bizarre, but you have no way to anticipate the form, content, style, or unique flavor of each successive piece. Subversions of logic and causality, playful non sequiturs, amusing ambiguities, odd punchlines and twists, clever turns of phrase, and loony wordplay abound in this assemblage of vignettes, narrative fragments, [...]
"When Television Ends" A woman in a burlap sack. A hickey bestowed by a theatre critic neighbor after a life-size puppet show because the television stopped working. A ludicrous flash of supercilious nonsense drizzled in cheesy effects. "The Advantages of Smelling Bacon At The Moment of Death" A truly absurdist bizarro mini western. You will laugh. You will cry. But most all: prepare to be dazzled. Also: the description of a bacon-wrapped limb may cause hunger pains. Be prepared to be estrang [...]
Once I was part of a Bizarro Fiction workshop online, headed by Garrett Cook and Tom Bradley. On said workshop, Garrett and Tom spoke at lenght about dream causality, and how a perfect absurd story never disturbs it.G. Arthur Bown accomplishes this here, on his newest flash fiction collection. I Like Turtles contains perfect exemples of pure surreal and absurd prose, never once tainted by the rational word. Brown's imagination fly freely, unrestrained by anything even remotely resembling the rea [...]
For me, flash fiction is generally tough to review, very hit and miss. It is often hard to for me to discern what an author's intent may be when reading, and some of it can be considered open to interpretation. With all of that in mind, this collection was surely a hit for me. There is imagination in spades, with variety and quality that was in the red. Equally humorous, odd and surreal, this definitely ranks among my favorite flash books.
This collection is jam-packed with witty, well-written and very bizarre flash fiction shorts. They vary in style and subject matter, but I found most of them thouroghly entertaining. I had read Brown's "Kitten" before, so I thought I knew what I was getting myself into, and while "I Like Turtles" did manage to deliver the same grade-a bizarro I was exposed to when reading "Kitten", this one was far more versatile than the aforementioned novella. This is of course due to the sheer number of short [...]
Okay, this was the last book I read about loving turtles - not because I didn't liked it, but I don't think there's a better book out there in the subject. This book kept reminding me why I love surreal flash fiction so much - a good absurd shorty is like a pleasant punch in the face, a photoflash that makes your eye dizzy for a sec, great sharp and shiny splinters for the brain.P.S.: Yeah, the cover is really cool cat and everything, but the collection would deserved a better one, maybe a great [...]
This is the kind of book that really satisfies. It's like going to a really good buffet, each story provides a unique flavor. But the sum total is what leaves you impressed. The end result makes you wonder where Mr. Brown's imagination well springs from, and hope that it never runs dry. Easily one of the top Bizarro shorts collections, along with Zoltan Komor's Flamingos in the Ashtray. And it's a steal. Take my word, you won't be disappointed. A must read.
If you are a fan of Bizarro, this is the short story collection for you. Covering everything from a little bit strange to a whole lot weird, Brown’s collection of 71 stories will tickle your funny bone and shake your brain. Sometimes a little uncomfortable, always thought provoking, and witty in ways that are unique to Brown, alone. It’s impossible for “I Like Turtles” to disappoint: with so many stories there is something for everyone, and for such a meager price, you are guaranteed to [...]
"I Like Turtles" by G. Arthur Brown was my introduction to the bizarro genre and it lit fire to my imagination, which for me is the best possible thing a book can do - it caused me to increase the number of things I think about and how I think about them.
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