Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Catastrophically Consequential is Catastrophic Alright

Catastrophically ConsequentialTitle: Catastrophically Consequential
Author: Stephen C. Bird
Publisher: Hysterical  Dementia
Published: February 16 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
Source: Won in a Goodreads Giveaway
Read: August 19, 2012
In A Few Words: Weird, Slightly Offensive
My Rating: 1 star

Goodreads Synopsyis:
This prequel-sequel to "Hideous Exuberance" incorporates non-linear plots; comical rants and disturbing inner monologues; stream of consciousness dream sequences; psychedelic, surrealistic scenarios and time-traveling characters.  Revel in the chaotic confusion of sociopathic celebrities, suburban swingers, suicidal trust fund girls, decadent jet setters, D-list standup comics, medieval princesses, sinister passive-aggressive jokers, "Evilangelists", and a host of other lost souls and disreputable, vindictive losers, as they search in vain for metaphysical clarity.

Please refer to the Blog Posting on the Stephen C. Bird Author Profile Page for Quotes from Goodreads Reviews for "Catastrophically Consequential".

Melissa's Musings:

This book is bizarre. Almost as bizarre as The Sugar Frosted Nutsack. Almost. Catastrophically Consequential, at the very least didn't make me want to bang my head into a wall because it basically repeated itself all the way through.

No,  this book had a variable story. But it failed to catch my attention.

It's full of ridiculous puns. Not even clever ones. Just a bunch of words that are misspelled and made to look like they're clever. There are plenty of random name droppings and strange associations too.

And then there's an entire chapter that's written in text-speak. That made me want to gouge out my eyes. And the chapter after that is written in redneck speak. Just as bad.

I understand that the book is supposed to be satirical, but in some spots this was just down right offensive, covered in thinly veiled jokes. I won't go into specifics because I don't want to upset any readers, but I'll just say be warned. There are also some semi-gruesome violent descriptions in this book as well.

It definitely lives up to it's name being that it's catastrophic, but as for consequential, I'm not sure....

I don't even know who I would recommend this to other than someone who likes bizarro fiction, which, I guess I'm learning from reading this, that I don't.


kimbacaffeinate said...

Gosh, I give you cred just for reading it. This type of book is not for me and I know exactly what you mean about it being offensive under the guise of humor.

Melissa said...

Thanks Kim, I don't know why I keep trying with these kinds of books.