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About the Author
The author is a Black Christian with socially conservative views, but, overall, has developed a cynical worldview that shows in his work. Through parental prodding the author has also developed pro-Black leanings that were sharpened and strengthened at his alma mater, Fisk University. Much of the author's initial works were penned there.
Creatively-speaking, the author believes that a writer ultimately pulls from his own experiences and fantasies when writing stories. Thus it is the author's belief that if one truly wants to understand a person, one should read their work.
This author's ultimate goal is to inspire thought on the subjects of religion, morality, and race.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Squirrels & Puppies: Dark Morality Tales is a strange collection of metaphorically short stories involving some puppies, a little girl, a couple of squirrels and many more. In the first story, The Woodchipper, Mebane presents us with Chipu, a red squirrel, and its tale about forbidden love. In The Assault, a group of squirrels try to gain ‘fear’ and ‘respect’ from the human species. Then there is 'Felines and Femininity' that enlightens readers with a feline sexuality dilemma. What really lurks behind author Russell A. Mebane’s writing? The stories defy easy categorization. It seems each story has a double meaning. My favorite is the controversial The Black Section. In that particular world, it is not white supremacy over black minority but the other way around. In Mebane’s own words, the stories “may challenge your stereotypes and ignorance of Black people, especially Black Americans.” In The Guardians of the Glass Existence, the battle between Kemu of the Dark and Auron of the Light is a subject that I would ponder on for a long time. On the whole, Squirrels & Puppies: Dark Morality Tales is an anthology of interesting but weird and mind challenging stories. I can already imagine some readers furrowing their brows when they read Mebane’s work, yet no doubt there would be others that grasp the moral relativism that he projects in his writing easily. Whether you are willing to be open-minded or not, you would definitely gain something valuable when you read this book. Russell A. Mebane is one of a kind and I look forward to seeing what he will come up with next.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Squirrels & Puppies - Dark Morality Tales by Russell Mebane is a collection of fourteen short stories which revolve around a theme of killing, torturing, and being raped. The themes are handled in an aesthetic manner, making it meaningful for the reader to fathom. Six of these stories revolve around animals. The author has done an excellent job in writing these stories which can actually change your perspective on a lot of things. The stories are profound and the themes are circled around the issues we face today. The author is honest and the details are stark and raw which might not appeal to many. The author tries to inspire the readers' thoughts on rape, mortality, and religion. I found the story of the Red Squirrel humorous. The language used in the book is also stark and raw. I enjoyed the stories where the author has made future predictions and all the stories have a moral to them. The book has plenty of murder, rape, and violence. Many readers might not like that part of it because it is very disturbing. Though the ending is unpredictable, the stories are written well. Apart from the violence etc, the stories have racial themes. Most of the stories in the book are dark.
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Squirrels & Puppies: Dark Morality Tales by Russell Mebane is a collection of short stories which introduces readers to a deep, dark, gut wrenching state of emotions. Themes include morality, sexual behavior, interracial concepts, relationships, religion, futuristic technology, and superior beings. This book is not for the easily offended, but more for an open minded adult reader. Readers love to connect with the characters or story plot of the book they are reading. Russel Mebane successfully reaches out to people, although in a dark and sometimes twisted way. The issues and concepts each story contains are similar to what some people might face in their everyday lives. Each story within this book has a moral hidden meaning, sometimes even a double meaning to it. For example, the author writes about a Red squirrel and its sexual encounter with a human. My take on the purpose of this story was the all too often scornful way people view interracial relationships, or it could be taken an entirely different way and be viewed as a relationship that - although uncommon and very disturbing - does happen between animals and humans. The overall moral to these short stories seems to me to be: the world is a racist, disturbed, and messed-up place and if we as the human race don't clean it up, we will ultimately fail. I take my hat off to Russell Mebane for his intellectual, creative, intriguing style of writing. This book is unique with its plots and is a page turner.
I received an ePub copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. Well, typically I summarize a book before I give my actual thoughts on it. But, since this book is a collection of short stories I would be here forever summarizing them all. I do not have that kind of time, and I am sure that you do not want to sit through it all. Now, as the synopsis says, all of these stories have a moral to them. This is honestly one book, collection of stories, which I would not recommend for those that have a small, closed mind. Each story, in its own way, is very deep and deals with issues we all face today. I really like how the author took some of the issues and twisted them a bit to have a little fun with it. For instance, the red squirrel that had the “affair” with the human, I took it to be a play on interracial relationships. I could be wrong, but that is what my take on it was. Not everyone agrees with those relationships and people tend to look down on those that are in them. Just like the characters in the story. Of the 14 short stories, I would have to say that my two most favorite were “Sexual Killing Machine” and “The Black Section”. Sexual Killing Machine is about a couple that does not want to conform to what society tells them to do. They want to find lasting love and live a long happy life. In the end, after they do live their lives the way they wanted, they decided it was time to succumb to the natural way of life. But, it was all for nothing. The Black Section is about how the world’s population of blacks is no longer oppressed by whites, but, in actuality, it is now the whites that are oppressed by blacks. It tells a story about how some want to treat the whites badly and essentially, possibly, wipe out the entire race. However, the person that made it possible for the blacks to be the world majority spared the white race, and all the other races, did not want for them to be oppressed. Like I said, the author did a wonderful job on these stories. I am glad that I decided to give this book a look. And, I would suggest that anyone with an open mind, and even some of the small minded people out there, to pick this book up and give it a read. It might open your eyes a bit.