The Bizarro Starter Kit (Blue)by Steve Aylett, Bradley Sands, Jeremy C. Shipp
There's a new genre rising from the underground. Its name: BIZARRO. For years, readers have been asking for a category of fiction dedicated to the weird, crazy, cult side of storytelling that has become a staple in the film industry (with directors such as David Lynch, Takashi Miike, Tim Burton, and even Lloyd Kaufman) but has been largely ignored in the literary world, until now. The Bizarro Starter Kit features short novels and story collections by ten of the leading authors in the bizarro genre: Ray Fracalossy, Jeremy C. Shipp, Jordan Krall, Mykle Hansen, Andersen Prunty, Eckhard Gerdes, Bradley Sands, Steve Aylett, Christian TeBordo, and Tony Rauch.
- Eraserhead Press
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- 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
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Creative collection of genre I wasn't familiar with called BIZARRO. Some very good, funny stories, some not as good - others seemed "weird" just for the sake of being weird. It is a STARTER KIT, so good for me as an introduction. Good place to discover Bizarro authors if you are interested. I will follow up on a few of the authors like Jeremy C. Shipp and Andersen Prunty.
I found many of the stories here very interesting. My favorites were by Prunty, Fracalossy, Rauch, and Sands, although the entire work was solid. Pieces by Jordan Krall and Steve Aylett are also included, but I admit to enjoying their other work more so. I thought this edition was stronger and more coherent than the orange volume, which although strong in spots, seemed to lack focus from writer to writer, and gave little coherence to the movement.
This story starts out good, it seems as though the narrator was very concerned and nervous about everybody's feedback on, how the food tasted. As the story goes on suggesting that it would have been better off if he lied I personally feel the storyy loses its focal point. After the first joke, I think the story should have went back to how the party continued. Even if there were more lies being shared I think, it could have simply been stated and continued on with the story but to just end the rest of the story with random thoughts and ideas seemed to lose my interest afterwards. The ending though was not quite clear. It made me think, did he really cook the food and was just going along with the joke, or, did he really have help preparing the meal and who was waiting on to arrive.