Book Review: ReejecttIIon: A Number Two

This book is absurd and weird and delightful. You can get the gist from the summary alone:

By reading ReejecttIIon, it’s likely you’ll discover: colorful short stories, funny flash fiction, hilarious cartoons, riveting reviews, wondrous anagrams and other assorted skits and titbits of under-achieving literary genius.

 

If you’re lucky, you might come across sci-fi tales about the privatization of words, horror stories about hair and ruminations on indie writing. It’s also possible that you’ll find commentary on the hazards of greedy literary agents and stories about washed up movie directors who receive financial backing from space aliens.

 

Publisher’s Meekly calls it: “a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering.” (*This may or may not be referring to Jurassic Park and not ReejecttIIon.)

 

Reader’s Indigestion says: “this book quietly stands as one of the most powerful statements of the Civil Rights movement.” (*This may or may not actually refer to To Kill a Mockingbird and not ReejecttIIon.)

Functioning as a display of their cleverness, it is an amalgamation of short stories, anecdotes, book reviews, URLs to more free stories, anagrams, and wordplay. Oh, and cartoons.

Calling it an anthology doesn’t do it justice.

A quote from it: ‘”And the thing I like most about this book is that we avoid needless meta-commentary and fourth wall-breaking,” Harry says.’ Which is perhaps the most ironic statement in the book.

ReejecttIIon also helped me discover another indie work I really want to read, based on a review Harry Whitewolf did of it: Cristel Orrand’s The Amalgamist.

In sum, it’s an anthem for indie authors that would best fit on the table of a waiting room–something easy to flip through and find something to delight you. Or maybe a coffee shop. My only complaint was that it had no table of contents in the beginning, so I didn’t know the progression the book was going to take. I knew it would be weird, but I wanted reassurance. Yet, even after reading it, I’m not sure it would help as I still don’t know what I just read (ha, ha). I recommend these writers start their own magazine/periodical. Or, maybe this is their attempt to, as this is the second in the series. The first is free to read on Goodreads (about to read it!). I wish more authors would push out their writing in this hodgepodge. It’s easily digestible and would help others judge whether or not to read longer forms of their fiction. I recommend Tails of the Talisman as perhaps the closest example of what I mean.

This was a good issue…

Find out more on Goodreads.

Get it on Amazon.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s