There are really great pieces in here which only make the mediocre ones more visible. Also, there are a few really short "flash" pieces that seemed so nonsensical that I felt that they could've been left out and not really affected my enjoyment of the book. However, I did notice that quite a few of the really really short ones were VERY entertaining and creative. Overall, though, I enjoyed the longer pieces. For those who do enjoy flash really short fiction, I'd say this book will probably be a favorite on the bookshelf. As for me, I enjoyed it but am eagerly waiting for a full-length work by Prunty.
I just don't think flash fiction is my thing.
That doesn't affect the merit of this book, though. If you like weird stories, you'll have fun with this. Jan 20, Jeff rated it really liked it. Andersen Prunty is one of the writers at the forefront of the second wave of bizarro. The book compiles sixty-six stories of various lengths; the longest being a few pages, the shortest is shorter than this review. The topic matter varies greatly but a cursory glance at the table of contents will give you an idea of the topics Prunty is dealing with.
Prunty is already developing a reputation as a talented horror writer, but this collection shows different side to his genre writing. While elements of horror do frequently appear in the stories, the general tone of the book is of humor and philosophy rather than scares. Prunty writes with a thoughtful smirk but does not forget entertain, titillate, and thrill. It has already been suggested that the bizarro genre works best in the short form and "The Overwhelming Urge" is a convincing argument.
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This balance of the weird, dark, and funny is difficult to sustain for long works but succeeds wonderfully in this more limited medium. Each story quickly jumps into the reader's head, scrambles things around a bit, and then leaves before the reader has the chance to put it down with rationality. With books coming out later this year and the next on Eraserhead Press and Cargo Cult Press, Andersen Prunty is set to make a big splash.
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What the stories lack in word-count they more than make up for in pure literary impact. Aug 20, Garrett Cook rated it really liked it Recommends it for: fans of underground sketch comedy and Bizarro fiction. Flash Fiction is very difficult. You can make it into a bad joke, an irritating pretentious koan or a dull Jeremiad if you're not careful with it. Its malleability and the potential misuses of it have always reminded me of improv comedy.
Improv comedy can generate chuckles, paroxysms of laughter or shrugs. The Overwhelming Urge by Andersen has none of the latter immensely to his credit a substantial amount of paroxysms and a couple of chuckles. But with this laughter comes an observation of ab Flash Fiction is very difficult. But with this laughter comes an observation of aberrant human behavior, which, coupled with the comedy brings to mind the darker moments of Mr.
The stories are thought provoking funny and exciting, the desperation of his story "Vagina" aches, the trueness of "Drugs" evokes a small shudder with the laughter and "Discovering the Shape of My Skull" is a strangely compelling, bittersweet Kafkaesque nightmare. My sole complaint about the collection is one of personal preference.
I would have preferred more stories like "Vagina" and fewer moments of broad-ish comedy. A good laugh, a good thinkpiece and a virtuoso use of a difficult form. I can only hope my own flash fiction could someday be at this level. Mar 28, Marvin rated it really liked it. This is a collection of very brief fiction, 66 stories in pages, by Bizarro author Andersen Prunty.
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I suspect most of these are earlier than his novels and they are clearly under the definition of what I consider Bizarro fiction, meaning they are weird, not at all plot-based and usually vague in meaning. My main issue with these writings is my issue with all flash fiction. They tend to read like writing exercises rather than stories meant to convey meaning or even entertainment.
However, the This is a collection of very brief fiction, 66 stories in pages, by Bizarro author Andersen Prunty. However, they are still very good and surpasses most the flash fiction I've read. While I prefer his novellas to his short fiction, he still demonstrates that he is one of the best writers in the Bizarro genre.
Dec 16, Mykle rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Kevin Sampsell.
Oct 07, Jennifer rated it liked it. The Overwhelming Urge has a certain underlying rhythm to it, like the dots and dashes of an SOS distress call. These shorts roll over the reader, wave upon wave, drawing a haplessly logical audience further from shore or any other recognizable reference point. Is it reasonable to wake up with laser beam eyes?
Does it follow that if everyone in a village was named Johnson, and they didn't have first names, then you'd have to refer to them by their house numbers? Well that does seem logic The Overwhelming Urge has a certain underlying rhythm to it, like the dots and dashes of an SOS distress call.
Well that does seem logical, doesn't it? Andersen's style is spare, almost apologetically polite. However his topics are often violent, perverse or gross creating a perpetual awkward moment that can only be relieved with behind-the-hand giggling. The best thing about this collection is that you absolutely never know what's going to be around the next period.
I just dare you to guess! There are lots of surprises and, though the stories are short, there's a lot to think about. For instance the titles often seem unobtrusive but once you've read the story they take on new and surprising meaning. The Overwhelming Urge is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the work of D. Harlan Wilson or absurdist fiction in general.
However people who like intricate or predictable plotting and complex characters will not find much to sustain them. Aug 14, Nicole Cushing rated it really liked it. This collection of flash fiction oozes with alienation, awkwardness, and angst well, I'm not sure about "angst", but I needed another "a" word to keep with the alliteration.
Andersen Prunty has a clean, sparse, understated style This collection has the same vibe as watching a collection of experimental short films. Some of them hit more than others my favorite is "Prince", and I also really enjoyed "Void" and "Blodd". I recommend buying this b This collection of flash fiction oozes with alienation, awkwardness, and angst well, I'm not sure about "angst", but I needed another "a" word to keep with the alliteration. I recommend buying this book because it serves as a sort of Prunty sampler -- demonstrating the range of his work as well as some of the recurring themes.
I also recommend it because it's the ideal book to read in short spurts. You can take it with you everywhere and read little pieces of it here and there over a series of months. Feb 27, Brian Mcclain rated it it was amazing Shelves: bizarro , horror. So I have become a pretty big fan of bizarro fiction, and mostly with the short fiction category of it. This book goes along with that fact as it has a great deal of stories in a short amount of time, most of them would qualify as microfiction or flash fiction but they have a great deal of content for the shortness.
What I like the most about this collection is the fact that every story is based mostly in reality and its the subtle things that make it surreal.grupoavigase.com/includes/383/2530-app-para-citas.php
That sort of small feeling that th So I have become a pretty big fan of bizarro fiction, and mostly with the short fiction category of it. That sort of small feeling that things aren't right is what I look for in some of my reading. It's not too gory or full of sex but there is some of both of them, so not for the complete squeamish but don't expect too much extreme content either. Highly recommended.
Jan 05, Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it Shelves: finished , owned-and-still-own. While I can't claim to have read anywhere near the man's entire output—he's easily one of the most prolific authors whose bibliography I keep track of—what I've read has been good stuff from front to back. The Overwhelming Urge, a collection of mostly short-shorts, is no exception. While it would be more accurate to label most of these character sketches rather than stories, they never fail Andersen Prunty, The Overwhelming Urge Eraserhead Press, I'm a pretty big fan of Andersen Prunty's.
While it would be more accurate to label most of these character sketches rather than stories, they never fail to be interesting. And when Prunty does show up with a full-fledged story, as he does a few times in this collection, wow. This is fine stuff indeed, and if you get a chance to pick a copy of this up, go for it.
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Dec 12, Manda rated it really liked it. I had never heard of "Flash Fiction" before, but it may well turn out that the snippets of ideas I have for stories myself would work better in this fast and frenetic style of story telling. Prunty is an absolute lunatic and how he has remained a free man is beyond me.
I would not be surprised if he is highly medicated and addicted to several questionable substances. I bet he sleeps really well though. Geez, I do love crazy people. Aug 01, Sam McCanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: small-press-bizarro-horror-etc , books , favorites , signed. This book was excellent The thing that surprised me the most was the consistency of the quality of these little stories Pretty much every one is just as unique and curious and entertaining as the rest Oct 22, kcb rated it it was amazing.
If this is an introduction to Andersen Prunty, I want to read probably anything he writes. I liked enough of the stories that I don't want to just name 3 or 4, because that would exclude too many other ones I liked. It wasn't just the stories, there are specific sentences in the book I want to go back and memorize so that I can recite them in my head when I need a laugh. Dec 14, Steve rated it did not like it. Apparently, when the word "bizarro" is used, it means the only point is to be weird.
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