Received a copy of Hideous Exuberance By Stephen C. Bird through the first reads giveaway.
Wow!!! This book was quite the read. With character names Gregarious Egregious, Maya Hiyuh Powuh, and Botoxia Bubblebutt I knew at the very least this book would be fun.From the presentations of haute cuisine, to the Ignatius-esque rants, diatribes, and soapbox standing, to the sexual liberation among the characters in a post-post modern world. This book had no bounds. A little feel for what I am talking about:
"Punanie Pac-Manson made a unicorn snuff film - that tragickally
ended up being her first pornographick project...as well as her
One of the first satirical pieces of literature I ever read was Voltaire's Candide and while engrossed in the material I kept thinking to myself, why I am laughing at the tortures of so many? Then I realized that that was precisely the point. Events of a serious nature do not always have to be presented by the author or taken by the reader so seriously; unless it is categorized as "too soon" and then you have to wait until you're dead before you receive any acclaim. I am merely mentioning this due to both books tragic comedy styles, as well as the destruction of derrieres, I am not comparing the two:)
When writing this book I wonder if Stephen was like "I sure hope my audience will get the Harry Potter/Narnia references". Sorry to spoil it for you Stephen, but I am not sure that your book and these books will be met at the same frequency by the same market. Personally I am not familiar with Harry Potter, but after saying Szczmawgwhore(ts) and Whoremoania a few times I started to realize the path where we were heading.
This book has a lot of moments both good and bad, but the most important thing to remember is that it had MoMeNtS. If you want or need a brief escape from the mundane this book may be for you I just hope you're not easily offended and enjoy various perspectives.