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My Goat Ate Its Own Legs [NOOK Book]

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In a voice so unfailingly chipper it's suspicious, Alex Burrett poses in fiction some disturbing yet certainly possible futures for the human race (and other ambitious, earthbound mammals). Always ready with an impeccable phrase or a sly wink, he shares stories of the most darkly ironic sort, including a field report from a human abattoir, a chronicle of dating Death, and, of course, the tale of the goat that ate its own legs. These thirty brilliant, bizarre, and morbidly hilarious "tales for adults" will delight...

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Overview

In a voice so unfailingly chipper it's suspicious, Alex Burrett poses in fiction some disturbing yet certainly possible futures for the human race (and other ambitious, earthbound mammals). Always ready with an impeccable phrase or a sly wink, he shares stories of the most darkly ironic sort, including a field report from a human abattoir, a chronicle of dating Death, and, of course, the tale of the goat that ate its own legs. These thirty brilliant, bizarre, and morbidly hilarious "tales for adults" will delight anyone who doesn't take life (or death) too seriously.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061891434
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 456 KB

Meet the Author

Alex Burrett lives in London, where he works in advertising. This is his first collection of stories.

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Table of Contents

1 My Goat Ate Its Own Legs 1

2 The Stone 3

3 Dating Death 9

4 The Beast of Beddgelert 19

5 Feeling Myself (Part I) 31

6 Human Abattoir Report 43

7 UBP[actual symbol not reproducible] 51

8 Genghis Brown 57

9 Hell Breaks 67

10 What a Fix! 75

11 Damson Jam 87

12 Immortal 91

13 Guinea Pig Killer 101

14 Fat Tom 107

15 The Expanding House 117

16 Georgina's Stories 127

17 Godwatching 131

18 Voice Box 139

19 Slow Painter 147

20 Anger Management 153

21 The Laughter Balloon 159

22 Cyrano 165

23 Mixed Media 169

24 Cream 183

25 Julian's Boat 191

26 Feeling Myself (Part II) 195

27 Grandpa's Tobacco 205

28 The Best Bit of Advice 209

29 Arguments for the Decimalisation of the Day 217

30 The Burners 221

31 The One 225

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    "My Goat Ate His Own Legs" is a eBook only collection of short stories by the English writer Alex Burrett. A collection of short stories that by and large make you say something like, "What the...???" when your done reading them. The underlying theme of the stories is life and death and existence. The author examines the angles of this by creating odd situations and evolving stories around them.
    This collection almost lost me from the get go. The first two stories including the title story really just seemed silly and without a point. Then there was a pun of a story about a woman who dated death that turned the tide. After that the stories were by and large somewhat entertaining. I really wanted to give this a 2 1/2 star rating but the handful of gems really pushed it to a 3 star rating.
    All in all the stories can be offbeat and thought provoking. The author walks the fine line at time between purposeful irony and entertaining believability. I would be interested in reading a full length novel by Mr. Burrett to see if he continues to hold up.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    entertaining

    These thirty-one short shorts (none are more than fifteen pages) are entertaining and surprisingly several contain twists that will catch the reader off guard. None of the entries are clinkers, but a few are extremely profound about the "human" condition like "Dating Death" in which a suicide victim and Death begin seeing one another, Genghis Brown a rat of a species meeting the Prince of Darkness and "Anger Management" due to low levels of aggression. The title story is a stunner as the audience learns why the goat did what it did and its human owner did what he did afterward; but the kid only chomped himself to survive while his parents modestly but swiftly dine on their children as a gourmet delicacy. Irreverent yet relevant as even God has been divorced and Cyrano knows he has been put through a Bennett rinse cycle, fans who relish something different in their shorts (no pun intended as that would be to light for this collection), mostly humorous, but always hyperbolizing society with the uncanny dark stripping of the pompous. This is an odd winner, but best served over several weeks so the reader will be less likely to anticipate the mocking spins on human civilized society.

    Harriet Klausner

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