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The Day the Leash Gave Way and Other Stories

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    This Leash Has Slipped For Good!

    Eagerly awaited collection of stories by Roger Zelazny's son Trent.

    My favourites are "Found Money" (what to do when you find an envelope of money on the street? Especially when it turns out it was a down payment for a hit on a guy), "A Dead Man's Burrito" (a couple of guys get together to "do a job" which goes wrong in cataclysmic ways) and "Opportunity Knocks" (a young man debates whether to reopen his late uncle's bookstore despite the fact that his aunt was murdered there a few years previously).

    Other than a penchant for narrating from the first person perspective (sometimes the protagonist doesn't even reveal a name) he doesn't write much like his father (although "Caught in Etcetera" is very reminiscent of "Divine Madness", an homage which I am sure was intentional).

    He seems to make a point of giving his characters unbelievable quirky traits: in the title story, a child's pet is the skeleton of a dog and his mother's preserved stuffed corpse is sitting on the couch; a young man fears he will set his head on fire by picking his nose in "Lovely Day For Beating an Old Guy", and "Harold Asher and His Vomiting Dogs" is about exactly that.

    So, for those of you who are looking for something strange and unusual to read, you might want to help a new author out and give this one a look.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    Totally disturbing-A great Read!

    This collection will creep you out! It's awesome! The writing pulls you into a dark world of suspense and debauchery. Loved every page... Trent Zelazny is a freak!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    One of the better collections I've read in a long time

    My wife gave this to me as an early Christmas present. I knew about Trent Zelazny, had read a little. Very much enjoyed his afterword in his father's posthumous thriller The Dead Man's Brother.

    This new, or younger, generation of Zelazny, however, writes nothing like his father. As a general rule his writing is more aggressive, disturbing and barely touches the science fiction realm at all. Hard to classify, but horror/thriller/mystery would be more accurate, but I'm not sure that is right either.

    Strange as they are, and at times quite offensive, most every story in this odd collection will suck you in within the first paragraph, if not the first sentence. Personal favorites are "Hooch", "Found Money", "The House of Happy Mayhem", a bizarre poem called "Divadavidavida", and his funny fake essay on how to write a story for The New Yorker.

    At times he can sound a bit like his father, but unlike Brian Herbert and a few other children writers of writers, Zelazny clearly decided to do his own thing. Will he ever be as successful as his father? No idea, but he certainly is different, and not riding his father's coattails at all. Commendable, and I had a great deal of fun with this.

    I highly recommend this collection, especially if you like strange, off the wall fiction. Just be warned, if you are squeamish or easily offended, this may not be the right book for you. But even in that case, if you read it, I'm sure you will want others to read it as well, as there is a lot in here worthy of conversation.

    Pick up a copy. I really don't think you'll be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    Zelazny Does Good

    I've followed Zelazny's career here and there for several years and was pleased to learn about an actual collection. There are some clear influences here but Zelazny doesn't write like anyone else. Quirky characters and overall original plots (not to mention his playing around with styles and formats) make this a very enjoyable read. I enjoyed all 24 stories collected here. Some are not for the squeamish, but if you are looking for a good, fun read, I highly recommend this collection. You won't be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Highly recommend!!!

    Zelazny's collection of short stories runs the gamut from gruesome to simply haunting, with more than a little noir.

    'Hope Is an Inatimate Desire' is simply the eeriest ghost story I have ever come across, and literally gave me chills. A completely new and terrifying vision, Zelazny's creativity with the genre is mind-boggling.

    That creativity is also put to gory use in the title story and others, most of them violent, some more disturbing than others.

    The range of material here is huge, but it does manage to form a cohesive piece when collected into this book, mostly due to Zelazny's mastery with writing the inner darkness of often warped human psychology and twisted desire.

    Highly recommend!

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

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    What about the novel?

    There has been talk for a long time about a novel called Destination Unknown. Is that ever coming out? I really enjoyed this and have been looking forward to more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    Second time I've read it

    I've read this collection twice since it came out. I liked it the first time. Second time it seems to have grown on me even more. The stories are funny and disturbing and you may need a certain type of sense of humor. For me, it is darkly twisted great fun. I recommend it to anyone who likes horror or quirky off-the-wall stories.

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    Posted July 1, 2011

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