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This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title "Hideous Exuberance: A Satire" [A Comic-Fantasy-Nightmare] A character-driven, post-post-modern, highbrow-lowbrow, quasi-Euripidean tragicomedy dissecting the unbridled egoism, narcissism, and anti-intellectualism of our time.
The work lies somewhere between Harry Potter burlesque and Tolkien satire, with doses of hill-country buffoonery and pop-culture mockery thrown in for good measure. The result is a psychosexual storm of non sequitur that is vaguely reminiscent of the nonsense novels of Stephen Leacock.
The Harry Potter connection appears throughout in characters with oddly familiar names like Higher Parterre, Whoremoania Gangster, Gryffynwhore, and more. The stories are unpredictable and varied, always told in frenetic, looping language.
It could have been a fascinating trip through a crazed, postmodern world, but is impaired by several flaws. Following its countless alternative spellings, its puns within puns, its allusions, and its many tangents is infuriating. The book would benefit from fewer instances of wordplay.
Taken in bulk, the impact flags. The author also uses creative punctuation and multiple subclauses to enrich his narratives. Bird also plays fast and loose with point of view.
In a single story, he may flip back and forth between third person limited with two or even three characters and then rise into the omniscient for good measure. If he were to stick with the perspective of one or two characters per story, each tale could have more impact, more humor, and better readability. Reviewed by Leia Menlove March 26, Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review.
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