Catastrophically Consequential

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This kindred spirit / doppelgänger / protégé of "Hideous Exuberance" incorporates non-linear plots; comical rants and disturbing inner monologues; stream of consciousness dream sequences; 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, ...
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Overview

This kindred spirit / doppelgänger / protégé of "Hideous Exuberance" incorporates non-linear plots; comical rants and disturbing inner monologues; stream of consciousness dream sequences; 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.

Quotes from Reviews:

"Lurid satirical riffs hold up a fun-house mirror to the world in this fantasia ..... a wicked caricature of New York scenesters, rage against environmental destruction, religious bigotry ..... a redneck Weimar cabaret ..... a stew of surrealism .... an alternative universe peopled by cartoonish characters who intermingle across dreamlike episodes that shatter the conventions of time, space and spelling. Bird's caustic levity, exuberant wordplay and arresting imagery make for a bracing read-though it's not for the faint of heart. This raucous avant-garde comedy will sweep you along with its vigor and originality."

-- Kirkus Reviews

" ..... difficult to categorize ..... distinctive, unconventional ..... eccentric style ..... playful and inventive with language ..... some chapters read as over-the-top satire, others appear closer to reality than they might at first seem ..... moments of raw poignancy and social commentary ..... stark and unexpected imagery ..... in-your-face confrontation, forcing the reader to either embrace it or push it away ..... bold, humorous, raunchy provocation ..... a love-it-or-hate-it affair ..... few will come away unaffected ....."

-- ForeWord Reviews

"Like the grass over a cesspool, it is vivid, vibrant and virulent, and deceptively so for having been nourished on sewage ..... Bird has no desire to be Joe Fiction Guy. This is a Harlequin Romance starring the actual Harlequin -- a demented and cruel prankster ....."

-- Travalanche

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Kirkus Reviews
Lurid satirical riffs hold up a fun-house mirror to the world in this fantasia. New York underground littérateur Bird (Hideous Exuberance, 2009) creates an alternative universe peopled by cartoonish characters who intermingle across dreamlike episodes that shatter the conventions of time, space and spelling. On high is the deity Lord Szczmawg, who benevolently smothers our Blue Green Planet with intestinal greenhouse gasses; on Earth is the antagonism between cretinous Evilangelists and burqa-ed Muslim comedians. Barely repressed perversion stalks the rural hinterland of Amurycka Profunda. There roam the likes of high school prostitute Mannequin Streetwalker and her half-sister, Incestuous Ingrydd, while blaringly unrepressed perversion saturates a nightmare Manhattan where self-loathing trust-funders wallow in sadomasochistic scenes that spill over into ritual slaughter. There's a parade of vaudeville set pieces: Princess Orca Media, a "spoiled, demanding, pre-Freudian and power-drunk bitch" lords over sullen serfs; her time-travelling future incarnation, a ditzy Jersey Goth-ette discourses on Star Trek; a sketch set on the Planet Vomitoria serves "sewage sludge mousse garnished with chicken claws." Bird's prose is a stew of surrealism--"She was blissfully unaware as she performed scathing, balletic, synchronized swimming-style moves…while giant carnivorous frogs salivated by the aqua colored kidney shaped swimming pool"--mixed with insult comedy and scabrous sexual provocations. He festoons it with Central European linguistic flourishes: German exclamations, Polish phonics, a weirdly Teutonic hillbilly patois--"Jes cuz we worships Jah-Hee-Zeus dunt mean usns alwaysiez gots tuh be all saintlie like Himmerz!"--that evokes a redneck Weimar cabaret. Threading through the chaos are a wicked caricature of New York scenesters, rage against environmental destruction, religious bigotry and striking photographs of dark roads, lit but not illuminated by garish streetlights that form a sinister, hallucinatory visual counterpoint to the text. Bird's caustic levity, exuberant wordplay and arresting imagery make for a bracing read--though it's not for the faint of heart. This raucous avant-garde comedy will sweep you along with its vigor and originality.
Kirkus Reviews
Lurid satirical riffs hold up a fun-house mirror to the world in this fantasia. New York underground litterateur Bird (Hideous Exuberance) creates an alternative universe peopled by cartoonish characters who intermingle across dreamlike episodes that shatter the conventions of time, space and spelling. On high is the deity Lord Szczmawg, who benevolently smothers our Blue Green Planet with intestinal greenhouse gasses; on earth is the antagonism between cretinous Evilangelists and burqa-ed Muslim comedians. Barely repressed perversion stalks the rural hinterland of Amurycka Profunda. There roam the likes of high-school prostitute Mannequin Streetwalker and her half-sister, Incestuous Ingrydd, while blaringly unrepressed perversion saturates a nightmare Manhattan where self-loathing trust-funders wallow in sadomasochistic scenes that spill over into ritual slaughter. There's a parade of vaudeville set-pieces: Princess Orca Media, a "spoiled, demanding, pre-Freudian and power-drunk bitch" lords over sullen serfs; her time-travelling future incarnation, a ditzy Jersey Goth-ette discourses on Star Trek; a sketch set on the Planet Vomitoria serves "sewage sludge mousse garnished with chicken claws." Bird's prose is a stew of surrealism--"She was blissfully unaware as she performed scathing, balletic, synchronized swimming-style moves … while giant carnivorous frogs salivated by the aqua colored kidney shaped swimming pool"--mixed with insult comedy and scabrous sexual provocations. He festoons it with Mittel-European linguistic flourishes: German exclamations, Polish phonics, a weirdly Teutonic hillbilly patois--"Jes cuz we worships Jah-Hee-Zeus dunt mean usns alwaysiez gots tuh be all saintlie like Himmerz!"--that evokes a redneck Weimar cabaret. Threading through the chaos are a wicked caricature of New York scenesters, rage against environmental destruction, religious bigotry and striking photographs of dark roads, lit but not illuminated by garish streetlights that form a sinister, hallucinatory visual counterpoint to the text. Bird's caustic levity, exuberant wordplay and arresting imagery make for a bracing read--though it's not for the faint of heart. This raucous avant-garde comedy will sweep you along with its vigor and originality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615566634
  • Publisher: Hysterical Dementia
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen C. Bird (AKA "Steve") was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Erie County, New York. He attended Niagara University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. For 33 years Mr. Bird lived in New York City where he was variously a comic, comedian, writer/performer, performance artist and visual artist. He is the author of two books, "Hideous Exuberance" and "Catastrophically Consequential". Mr. Bird currently resides in the Northeast of the USA.
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  • Posted September 19, 2013

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    I received this book for free from Goodreads' First Reads progra

    I received this book for free from Goodreads' First Reads program.

    I have to say, I did not like this book. I do not think it was my "type" of book. It was very disjointed and did not seem to have a storyline.

    This book was very chaotic and jumped from subject to subject. I never really could figure out the point of this book besides entertainment value of which it has little.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Catastrophically Consequential is not for the faint. Stephen Bir

    Catastrophically Consequential is not for the faint. Stephen Bird
    encompasses every stereotype known to man upon which he showers a
    “catastrophically consequential” outlook to expire his own characters.
    He stretches through time and space hitting “Amurycka Profunda”, “West
    Whoreville” all the way to “Doucheyland” in this continual diatribe
    against…everyone. He uniquely creates the illusion of a utopian “Welt”
    by illustrating the truly opposite in his book satirically foreshadowing
    the possible apocalyptic future on the world’s present condition. The
    author orchestrates a “mélange à trios” between the language he uses,
    his humor and the subject matter. It isn’t essential to know German in
    order to read this book but it does add to the humor. For someone who
    prides herself on her grammar and the written word, I find it refreshing
    to read a book that genuinely challenges the mind.I wouldn’t have
    normally picked this book up for its storyline but find that its
    creativity and uniqueness make it an unusual read that breaks up the
    monotony of a true daily dilemma between vampires and werewolves.

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