Littlest Hitler: Stories

Littlest Hitler: Stories

by Ryan Boudinot

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ISBN-13: 9781582433578
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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The Littlest Hitler 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
urthona73 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I generally enjoy books that I would call part of the New Weird, which some of the stories in this book could be considered (depending on the definition), but the stories I enjoyed the most were the ones that had the least amount of fantasy in them, like "So Little Time" and "Newholly". There's definitely horror in both of these stories, but its a sort of everyday horror. In general, the rest of the stories in the collection are well-written, but these two stories in particular made me hope that he pursues the same vein for material in the future.
donp on LibraryThing 19 days ago
No, I didn't just give this five stars just 'cos. I was debating between 3 and 4 stars, actually--there were a couple of stories whose endings really fell flat for me. The tale "So Little Time" pushed this collection over the top, because I remember being twelve years old and a Doctor Who fan, trying to cobble a Tom Baker costume together. I was the sort of dungeon master who designed traps like placing a Trapper underneath a Lurker Above just for those annoying player friends of mine whose characters did have names like The Annihilator and have a trillion hit points. Boudinot wrote about that world in much the same way Barry Hannah wrote about the South, with a voice that's spare, full of momentum, and very aware.
RatSoup on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Some pretty humorous short stories.
charisjoy on LibraryThing 19 days ago
The first story in this collection, "The Littlest Hitler", is an oddly heart-warming story about a kid that dresses up as Hitler for Halloween. The premise itself is unexpected but the characters seem to deal with this unusual event as you honestly would expect them to. Every other story in the collection deals with similarly unexpected premises but the characters do not respond accordingly. The author seems to feel that his creativity can stop at coming up with slightly ridiculous but not wholly unheard of premises and does not need to extend to the other elements of the story. I get what he's going for- take a normal suburban family with the normal problems but add a twist by making the mom a cannibal. I get that he's trying to break us out of our status quo. But after five or six of the stories, you realize that there's nothing to his fiction and to his writing prowess other than the unexpected premise. The stories start to feel like exasperated formulas.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing 19 days ago
One great story, one good story, and a bunch of mediocre ones.
ratmanohyeah More than 1 year ago
Quite the interesting book with lots of unexpected parts to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago