Friday, April 8, 2022

Review: Zennfinnity Was Here by Jeff Pearson

Genre: Short Story Collection


“Grab your favourite mood-enhancing beverage, place a traffic cone on your noggin, and mount your lumbering elephant for a wild ride through trials and tribulations you’ll recognize and others you possibly didn’t know existed. Life and death, love and hate, freedom and the walls of the prison that haunt us all: yin and yang out the rang-a-tang. From the flickering flames of a remote wilderness bonfire, bursting with the embers of ubiquitous sexual tension, to the rhino-rich plains hiding in the shadows of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas—and the long, long road in between—come eleven stories of mischief, mayhem, suffering, and survival. Oh, the humanity of it all.”


“Jeff Pearson was born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, in 1963, and attended Carleton and Lakehead Universities where he mostly majored in Maximum Intoxication / Fiasco Production. Then he went vagabond—rambling / exploring / travelling / working—for years, all over Canada and beyond. For the past twenty years, he has been honing his writing skills while manning various fire towers deep in the Canadian wilderness.”

Pearson has several books available, most short stories or memoirs that read like a series of short stories, all humorous.


The eleven stories in this collection have a lot of differences from each other ranging from stories that read like memoirs to tales that stretch your ability to suspend disbelief, but manage to draw you in anyway. The thing they all seem to have in common is I found myself constantly surprised by the unexpected direction the stories seemed to take, lulling me into thinking I saw where they were headed and then discovering I really had no clue.

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Uses Canadian spelling conventions.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 60-65,000 words

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