Item description for The Biting Age by Ernest Dempsey...
This is a new, humorous collection of short pieces by Pakistani writer Ernest Dempsey, with an introduction by satirist M. Stefan Strozier. This unique collection is full of wit and subtlety. The reader will be enthralled, entertained, and excited by this excellent writer's talents. A World Audience book. World Audience (www.worldaudience.org) is a new publisher, dedicated to artistic excellence, and one that focuses on the development of individual writers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.27" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Sep 23, 2006
Publisher World Audience, Inc.
ISBN 1934209023 ISBN13 9781934209028
Reviews - What do customers think about The Biting Age?
Strange short stories Feb 13, 2007
Reviewed by Joanne Benham for Reader Views (1/07)
I could say this book is a collection of strange short stories, which is true, but it's more than that. It's not so much that the characters are strange; it's the spin the author gives to them.
For instance, one of the stories is about a trial. The defendant is accused of a long list of crimes ranging from violation of personal space to attempted murder. The defendant counters that the disturbance was caused inadvertently while he was attempting to procure food for his starving family. As the accusations fly, we learn that the accused is a rat. Suddenly his valid arguments no longer seem so valid and he is sentenced to death.
A lot of the stories feature animals (other than humans), sometimes waging a battle of wits among different species and sometimes uniting against humans. A few of the story lines are a cat and a squirrel matching wits to win a home, a group of circus entertainers squabbling amongst themselves over who will take over command of the troupe when the boss dies and a town of vampires.
And then there are the stories that simply made no sense to me such as "Poetic Justice" a story about an earthquake and its aftermath...I think!
But while the stories are not your typical read, the book is riddled with so many typos and incomprehensible word use, that it annoys you more than entertains you. Here's one sentence I'm still puzzling over, `The question is started Miloby, the gymnast, soon as the funeral was over, `who will succeed Boss?' He certainly meant to solicit his claim.' This is a direct quote from the book.
One story I did like was Virtuosa, a story about a doctor that's only a half-page long, although I think he may have meant Virtuoso.