Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Spritzerville,…Ohio?

Spritzerville,…Ohio? by Jason R. Koivu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How cool was that?

As a disclaimer, I will state that Jason R. Koivu is a Goodreads friend of mine, and that he sent me a free copy of his book. Perhaps he saw that I was weird enough to appreciate it.

"For mature readers with immature minds."

Bernard Wimple tries so hard to live a simple life. He's a practical man that wants to sell hats. Is that too much to ask for? Well, maybe he'd also like to win the affections of the local schoolteacher. But still, a pretty "normal" life, right?

That might all be well and fine, if he didn't have more grandmothers than customers. And a flatulent pet toadie. And if his neighbors didn't include a Poop Baby, stoner mice, evil clowns, a one-eyed trouser troll, and a dozen demonic desserts.

I often found myself comparing this collection of linked stories to Terry Pratchett's Discworld. (Whoah, sit down, Jason - you're now in the presence of greatness.) This is because of the way downright hilarious and silly things happen throughout the story, yet it keeps a strong sense of being a story. That is, the story is the important thing. The fart jokes and innuendos are a bonus. While it's far too absurd to be a "real life" tale, belief is suspended as the reader is drawn into the action. I mean, of course we were hooked when the clowns were unleashed.

...but that poor poor Pomeranian!

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