Robert Sheckley has always been one of my favorites

Robert Sheckley has always been one of my favorites

This morning, after writing for a bit, I went back to bed, grabbing a collection of stories by an author I haven’t read in a while, Robert Sheckley. Wow, this guy is so much fun to read. The book in particular that I grabbed off my shelf is Can You Feel Anything When I do This? And other stories. I opened the book at random, and read the short story Pas de Trois of the Chef and the Waiter and the Customer which recounts the same story three times, but seen from each of three character’s point of view. What a wonderful story. Is it because I work in a restaurant, and have worked in plenty of restaurants over the years? Possibly, however it’s also a well crafted story on how we completely misinterpret what is going on in other people’s heads and lives all the time. How, even though we all live in the same universe, we often live in completely different realities. That’s all I have to say this morning. Thanks. Have a great day.   Peace & Love François Pointeau please buy my books: BEER SONGS FOR THE LONELY and GOOD FEELING SEVEN SHORT STORIES Locally, my books are available in Austin, Texas at Book People, Malvern Books and Half Price Books (2222 & Lamar) My books are also available in Houston, Texas at Wired Up on Dunlavy &...
Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown

Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown

Tropic of Kansas 480 pages by Christopher Brown Harper Voyager, July 11, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-0062563811 This is a crazy wild ride. You know when you get off most roller coasters, you’re like, this was fun but man I wish there’d been at least one more loop. I wish my stomach had jumped over my heart and into my mouth just one more time. Tropic of Kansas is that special dystopian alternative-present kind of book that keeps going and never slows down until it’s done. It’s that roller coaster with extra loops where you’re totally exhausted at the end, you’re hair’s a mess, and you need a drink badly, but man you had a blast. It’s Dystopian Porn. Tropic of Kansas is a graphic description of what the USA could very well become. It’s a no holds bar criticism of politics in bed with corporations gone off the boat and into window-less concrete buildings where they torture you inside for no good reason other than they can. It’s a fast pace, no BS, in your face, revolution in the making… And it ain’t pretty, though there is a sliver of hope in the end. I read this book sitting on my couch with my legs folded under, holding on for dear life. I live in a tiny efficiency with no sunlight in the afternoon–which is a good thing in Texas–and it often feels like I live in a cave. This book was a visceral take over of my world. It bore itself into my brain and screamed at me. I was hearing the choppers outside, wondering when the police was...