omg it’s been so long since I last wrote a review I kinda forgot how to do so??? I just hope I wasn’t trying too hard to like be ‘deep’ or analyse society’s problems and stuff.
I actually don’t like writing review for short story collections because it’s like writing at least five mini reviews in two hours and it drains my brain juice but this book was especially fun to read and I do hope you’ll give it a try.
of life, death, aliens and zombies
by Dario Cannizzaro
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction
Publication Date: September 2016
Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more.
Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.
The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.
of life, death, aliens and zombies collection features a wide spread of stories which feature some similar traits such as being hilarious, quirky, unconventional and thought-provoking. All I can say is… just read it.
Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse
‘This is hilarious,’ was my first thought when I read this short story that’s the first in a series of nine. I hope you won’t let the word “zombie” dissuade you from reading it because it’s actually a rather quirky and entertaining read. It tears apart the zombie apocalypse genre and the cliches that come with the territory, occasionally referencing them. It is also amazing to note how powerful social media is and its influence ― due to the widespread attention zombies have gained online, people start to become wary of them and took up precautionary measures, even though there was no visual proof that zombies exist.
Uh, I don’t know what to think of this except that it has a pretty ironic ending??
The Name of the Rose
This was really beautifully written, but I found it rather forgettable as well. I don’t remember much about the story’s actual proceedings other than it talks about nostalgia.
If you’re a hardcore Christian who believes that the Ten Commandments should not be broken at all costs then my advice to you is: don’t read this story. But I thought that it was really amazing that the author decided to write and publish a story that features Christianity so heavily. It was an unexpectedly hilarious and thought-provoking read and easily one of my favourites. It also opened my eyes to the fact that religion isn’t a belief that seems to be dwindling over time, but it’s actually really deeply embedded in modern society. In this short story, you’ll see how religion is so easily able to influence the decisions and beliefs on a global and individual scale.
The Best Place to Plan a Mass Shooting
I REALLY LOVE THIS ONE??? Actually I just love stories that criticise education systems and society in general and this one does both. But what’s really memorable about it is that it’s written from an ‘outsider’s’ point of view. Sometimes when we’ve lived with a certain truth for too long, we become desensitised to it. The truth becomes the norm and we are blind to its flaws.
I don’t think I really understand what message this story is trying to send across so it was easily forgettable. It still has beautiful writing, nonetheless.
Fake Plastic Trees
“We need to have a mask that we never take off.”
We live in a world that strives for perfection, where most people will judge you based on your looks and credentials, then your personality. But first, what even defines “perfection”? In the end, it’s all about perception, about what impression you leave on others. However, it’s still impossible to please everyone. So we put up a façade to hide those flaws, and in doing so, we are all unknowingly living a lie.
This is the shortest among the nine but it was one of the more hilarious ones because of how unconventional it is and its rather nonchalant ending.
I guess one should always save the best for the last, huh? I would love to come back and properly read through this one when I have the time and patience but for now, deal with my shallow thoughts.
This is the longest of the bunch and it talks about many things but what stood out most to me was the characters. It reminded me greatly of Durarara!!, especially the third part (fyi, there are four parts). It might be slightly confusing at the start as you are introduced to a few seemingly unconnected characters and you’re wondering, “how on earth are they related to each other????” Some of their timelines may intertwine and diverge a few times before all converging on a single point.
DARIO CANNIZZARO was born in the sun-eaten Naples, Italy in 1982. He moved to Ireland in 2011, and has called it home ever since. He started writing short stories at seven, which are shamefully lost forever, but has never stopped writing since. His works have been published in Italian and English in Literary Magazines such as The Galway Review, Two Thousand Words and Chantwood Magazine.
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