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K with a beard made *Of Bees One Of The * bees One of the appealing things about these surreal stories is how casual his tone is when he tells them It s emphasis through understatement The absurdities were not shouted There was no laugh track They were simply offered up in a straight faced unimpassioned way as art of an otherwise standard narrativeNot all his stories embraced the bizarre In fact the first one might have been taken from the David Sedaris Popular Representations of Development playbook conventional observational humor though to my mind Boudinot s was hipper and funnier Another one I enjoyed one about the dynamic between two couples who came to realize they d grown apart kept mostly within the real world too To be honest the surreal stories for me were hit or miss Even though the intended targets of his extrapolations were usually clear I didn t always view his absurdities as responses to anywhere we re actually heading For instance what social ill would be addressed by having 18 year olds view spoilerkilling theirarents as Sister for Sale part of a government sanctionedrogram hide spoiler I did read The Littlest Hitler in an anthology and I can t wait to read the rest of this collection I Started Reading The Rest started reading the rest the stories this morning and I loved the story Bee Beard I m on a constant search for good literature about the world of work specifically the cubicle inhabiting mouse clicking kind of work that so many of us spend the bulk of our lives doing Bee Beard was a good example Plus I am afraid of bees so the whole story was very freakyFinished this up today and I was genuinely impressed with this collection The only low oint for me was the short short Absolut Boudinot It wasn t funnyscathing enough to justify its inclusion "I felt that maybe the ublisher was Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity pushing the author to include a certain number ofieces so he just "felt that maybe the The Art of Standing Still publisher wasushing the author to include a certain number of A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, pieces so he just that inOther than that brief disappointment I loved this collection so much that I m upgrading my rating to 5 stars The narrative voices were varied each story felt distinct from the others Some of them had a littleo mo gimmickry which I enjoy Boudinot can definitely write and he s often funny but this short story collection just doesn t work nearly as well as it should He overdoes the absurd and shock endings and can t just let a story stand on its own Something always has to happen or be revealed in the end And the absurdity often feels like weirdness for the sake of weirdness a lot of the time But its a written with verve style and a great eye for the oddities in the everyday. Never want to leave In each of these fearless hilarious and tightly crafted stories Boudinot's voice rings with a clarity rarely seen in a debut collection He speaks to a generation that has tried to seem disaffected but can't help wishing for a better world His characters shake their heads over the same messes they're busily creating or lash out angrily at a sex and violence saturated culture But they can never entirely lose their sense of fun however erverse it may be. Is fun Read it now this collection is just off enough to appeal to me its a good balance of creepy and gentle with some humor infusing both i tend not to read short stories so for me to have liked all but one written by machines well it means this book can stay on table A fun collection of short stories in the same vein as George Saunders or a less Verbose David Foster Wallace The Surreal Uality Thrown Into These David Foster Wallace The surreal uality thrown into these that mainly deal with everyday life in modern society works incredibly well Where the idea of child being drafted to kill his Death Comes for the Archbishop parents for therotection of American Democracy would seem an unbelievable Mostly Mama premise but in his hands it seems as natural and banal as anything that occurs in our own everyday lives Overall a funny criticism of our ownost 911 and dot com society I originally gave this two stars because I didn t really enjoy this book But then I thought about how I ve been The Naked Man pondering this book for days now how I can t decide if I liked it if it was meaningful to me in any way if the author is simply creative without making any genuinely relevantoints I felt like each of the short stories fell a little flat but they were Damias Children packed with enough originality to make me wish they were So I figure if the book makes me think about it for days then that makes it good in and of itself even if I didn t necessarily like it Not that I disliked it but I certainly didn t love it Still I ve found myself describing this book toeople and discussing it which I ordinarily don t really do with the books I m reading It s not one that leaves the brain uietly I d recommend it if only to get other Cutremur de timp peoples takes on this one Ren Magritte and David Lynch These are two signifiers thatoint towards a general sometimes hazily defined aesthetic that I absolutely adore and conseuently happen to run into every once and a while When I find something that gives me that feeling I freuently rely heavily on these names in order to at least start making the ineffable effable to steady my explanatory fumb For certain restless minds the treadmill of realism may get a little tedious Ryan Boudinot is one ossible remedy The Littlest Hitler features stories that mix humor biting social commentary and surrealism in varying amounts all to good effect While I can t wax rofound like Joshua did in his review I can tell you that the absurd elements have a Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie point to them In one example a womanroduced a new weapon in the face of office Patagonia Express politics and sexualolitics too when she came to wor. Ho innocently dresses up as Hitler for Halloween suffers the conseuences The Littlest Hitler; a world where a typical office romance is destroyed by the female half's habit of coming to work covered in live bees Bee Beard; where jacked up salesmen go on murderous Burgess like rampages The Sales Team; and the children of the future are reuired to kill off their Predator parentsreferably with an ice ick in order to be accepted to the college of their choice Civilization You may. ,
I never thought I would say this but this book may actually be Too Cynical For Me cynical for me specifically the cynicism as well as the consistently blunt and detached resentation of such cryptic violent and generally nauseating subject matter felt forced The stories were entertaining and fast Seven Days in Utopia paced but the overallicture left me wondering what the hell the Lots of Love point was supposed to be Life s a bitch andeople are cruel OkaaaayYou know how John Waters often feels retty ick just for ick s sake Like that sorta Still not a bad read though I think I love to read something once in while that seems to have that halo glow "of under appreciation as it sits on the shelf This book is "under appreciation as it sits on the shelf This book is of them First that cover One of my favorites It looks like a Halloween costume box with a Hitler mask The end apers even emulate the cardboard box back that the back cover has It s a iece of art in design And the writing Fun dark but with a hint of whimsy short stories that would fit right on the shelf of writers with Kelly Link George Saunders Sharma Shields Lydia Millet Julia Elliott Karen Russell Helen Oyeyemi Kevin Wilson I m sure I m not recalling MANY of these sorts of writers at the moment or haven t delved in to them yet But I love these sorts "of stories Hilarious but terrifying like terrorists in clown costumes on Halloween don t worry that one "stories Hilarious but terrifying like terrorists in clown costumes on Halloween don t worry that one only two ages long I would have liked back story detail with some of these stories like Civilization But I noticed my favorite stories in this collection are usually the stories with kids because he writes them really well and nostalgically so my favorites The Littlest Hitler So Little Time Blood Relatives and Newholly are the top four but I love most of these stories I bet Mr Boudinot really loved Jean Shepherd s Christmas Story Please write I have decided the difference between 4 and 5 stars is actually my mood I am in a four star mood currently but I have decided to give this book five stars anyway because it is in no way Ryan s fault I was shocked that Karen recommended this book to me because of an innate assumption that we have completely different taste but this book is exactly the kind of thing that I like I mean the book is horrifically morbid but in a fun way The author seems a bit creepily obsessed with horrible things happening it must be Seattle The stories are fun and read uickly but they still leave you with something which I find most short stories have trouble doing being that they are forgotten as fast as they are read This book. Bette wore what I had come to secretly call her Star Trek uniform a hideous white suit jacket with too ointy collars From her face hung a beard of bees Everyone's seen these things on TV or in National Geographic Some farmer standing shirtless in his field a stalactite of writhing insects dangling from his grinning face But on Bette though Our account manager for digital media I wasn't even aware she raised bees Welcome to the world of Ryan Boudinot where a little boy .