January 21, 2011

Book Review: Irregular Creatures

So, my last week has been interesting. Semester has started, so I’m back in the homework grind, enjoying it. I got a Kindle, so I’ve been reading more.  Of course, this is on top of my regular life, and you wonderful people.

So this week, I want to talk about one of the books I read this week. (Yes, ‘one of,’ I love the written word, more than is probably healthy.) I picked up a copy of Chuck Wendig’s Irregular Creatures. It’s a short story collection available for download on his website or Amazon.

Now, you know what it is, let me talk about why it was amazing.


Cat-bird is a unique feline who chooses a dog-man and his family. Why is the big kicker of the story, and I’m going to avoid giving away too much. Chuck Wendig did a great job with this story and it took every spare moment I had until I finished it. The main character, the ‘dog-man’ is an artist, sculptor, specifically, and the mindset of an artist is one almost everyone can understand to some degree. Chuck nails it. The character is believable, and the story ffers some excellent lines of humor, a really well paced suspense, and a little bit of fright. The entire collection was worth it for this story alone.

The great part is Cat-Bird isn’t the end of the collection. The stories range from weird (A Radioactive Monkey) to deeply unsettling (Mister Mhu’s Pussy Show), with humor thrown in at various points.

Definitely pick it up for Cat-Bird, but stay for The Auction, Beware of Owner, and Do-Overs and Take-Backs.

Oh, and just to make sure it's clear. No, that's not an affiliate link. No, I'm not making money doing this, I honestly think you guys will enjoy this book.


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