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This collection was one of the best set of short stories I have read in a long time. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the stories to life. He handled a lot of the stories' absurdity in just the right way to make the listener feel like he is in on the joke. I am looking forward to more by this reader and the narrator.
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When people ask me, "Who's your favorite writer few others have ever heard of?"-- I say Greg Boyd.
I discovered his work through Harold Jaffe's "Fiction International" in San Diego in 1992. When I was asked to edit the first "Best American Erotica" series, it was Greg's epic crucifix satire, "Horny" was at the top of my list. —Before Nicholson Baker, Patrick Califia, Samuel Delany, or Anne Rice.
This collection is superb. It gathers old favorites and new work for a complete sampling of Boyd's brand of avant guard, surreal and entertaining prose.
His story “Horny” about a religious flagellant publicly punishing his flesh for his body’s sexual urges is a fascinating look into the mortification of the flesh and entirely original. “The Further Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Jim” transplants the classic Twain characters to the modern day L.A. River-- You’ll never hear those characters voices the same way again. Huck’s a real estate schuckster. Becky left him and moved back to Missouri, and after being robbed, he finds Tom and Jim living under a bridge by the dried up river.
Christopher Kipiniak’s deep, gravelly voice fit’s perfect with Boyd’s stories. He combines gravity with the absurd.
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