Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Satire/Flash Fiction/Poetry/Short Story Anthology
Approximate word count: 40-45,000 words
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K.S. Brooks is an award winning photographer and the author of children's books, thrillers, romantic suspense, and satire. Brooks is also the co-administrator of the go-to site for indie authors, IndiesUnlimited.
An artist, author, scientist, composer, and non-relative of Newt Gingrich, Newt Love is “the most famous person you've never heard of.” Love's story can't be boiled down to just a paragraph. For more than you could possibly want to know (including his dad's life story), check out the more-than-complete biography on his website. (Those who think they know something about practical jokes need to read the story of Otto Mation, buried in the middle of that bio, and bow down in respect.)
“Odd & Odder: A Collection of Sensuality, Suspense & Satire" brings together the creative, off-beat minds of published authors K. S. Brooks and Newton Love. From short stories befitting The Twilight Zone, to lustful verses of poetry, to thought-provoking flash prose: Odd & Odder is consistently fresh, sometimes outlandish, and truly entertaining.”
In a collection where an ode to the author's stalker doesn't seem strange or out of place, Odd and Odder seems like a reasonable title. The challenge is deciding which parts of the collection are just odd and limiting those in the odder pile. (After all, they can't all be odder, can they?)
That the authors got me to read poetry (something I normally steer clear of, unless you call it a song lyric, in which case I'm all over it), was an achievement not many have done. However, my favorite pieces were the longer satirical short stories, Dark Alley and Park Placed (one from each of the authors). Although I have to admit, that ode to the stalker has an appeal I can't quite figure out. How odd.
Some adult language and situations.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars