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Any Resemblance To A Coincidence Is Accidental
Any Resemblance To A Coincidence Is Accidental


Manufacturer: Hysterical Dementia
Publisher: Hysterical Dementia
Author(s): Stephen C. Bird

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Product Description:
Binding: Kindle Edition
Format: Kindle eBook
Label: Hysterical Dementia
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Hysterical Dementia
Number Of Pages: 258
Publication Date: 2015-12-10
Publisher: Hysterical Dementia
Release Date: 2015-12-10
Studio: Hysterical Dementia
Editorial Review:
Experimental, interconnected short stories blend realism, surrealism, humor and horror.  Interwoven themes and archetypes manifest in the form of satirical fantasy and the text moves seamlessly between a range of genres.  Superficial silliness within the novella alludes to deeper and darker sociological and philosophical commentary.  Characters often become emotionally disconnected and navigate a tightrope between their waking and dreaming lives.

Quotes from Reviews:

"An amalgam of opinion, satire, and character sketch ..... a brain-teasingly bizarre title that foretells its peculiar contents ..... a chorus of quirky voices chanting messages of solidarity, gay pride, and anti-homogeneous individualism. The book opens with an anonymous woman's exquisitely sarcastic rant parodying social media ("Fakebook"), accusing it of "destroying friendship," and musing over the digital impermanence of modern culture ..... After pondering the significance of fetishes and Nueva Jork life, she acerbically introduces her artistic, gay "fiend-frienemy" Noloso Chushingura and launches a literary fever-dream of colorfully dizzying co-narrators and their sordid escapades ..... Lurking beneath all of the snarky commentary and cheekiness are honest reflections of contemporary society ..... Overall, the book's unconventional spellings, sentence fragments, line-drawn chapter headings, and haiku work well in unison to create a devilishly original tableau of true outlandishness with a conscience ..... An offbeat work of carnivalesque proportions, populated by zany, outspoken, and eccentric personalities."

-- Kirkus Reviews

"Irreverent sketches in a satirized metropolis portray emotional disenchantment..... a hyper-electric commentary on modern life, from online personas to urban subculture ..... absurd situations in a narrative filled with movie references and skewed perspectives ..... misfits living on the fringes of Amourrica Profunda ..... a mixture of dizzying monologues, lists, third-person narrations, and haiku ..... their voices provide a cross-section of insecurity, self-aggrandizement, and opinions on Broadway, gay culture, sexuality, and masks people wear to avoid pain..... plots are sometimes macabre and often tinged with cruelty.....the characters may be over the top, but they're not as out of touch as they first seem ..... Amid the blare of poseurs and hustlers, streetwise and self-made figures, the prominent thread is one of deep-seated ambivalence and loneliness."

-- Foreword Clarion Reviews

"..... A worthy followup to his first two books: surreal, playful ..... and overtly hostile to the majority of the human race ..... a combination of neologisms, bile and stinging observation.  Like Hamlet, Bird would have you go not till he sets up up a glass where you may see the inmost part of you."

-- Travalanche
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