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.
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"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 ....."
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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.
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.