Brilliant If you a take the time to read this small book you will LOL many times and I hate that acronym I did not really want to read a satire a dead medium.but after I did I was refreshed and revitalized..There is still art being produced via words in this country Bird is a bitter even nasty man but so fing smart you will be humbled Keep in mind this book was written for art sake With little or no encouragement.In another era before I pad 2 s and we all save people on this great site decide to look at pictures we would know Steve Birds name and sit around and quote his marvelous workreally Steve is that good I cant imagine anyone not laughing or at least respecting a lot of the pros.although some of it is a tad tedious redundant, I still don t get the somber critical first few pages but I am not well as various languages are used not for the A.D.D push trough for the golden lines Be still with your waxing hysteria Everything is going to be different once I acquire a wardrobe of rubber fetish gear They were the neighborhoods new hot couple possible mis quote referring to a twelve step group as Pal o non At pal on non she would share how she got into another toxic relationship I am laughing hard right now and how her fellow co depedents would trash her at fellowship Steve comes up w another word for fellowship I have shattered the props of your wasted, meaningless lives of indolence what were formally objects of luxury now represent the deformed ugliness of your grotesque hypocrisy Finally a woman has a break down and start screaming at a bunch of unsuspecting Euro trash at a NewYears gathering in So Ho..Then she jumped on the back of a woman laughing again of a woman she had identified as the female alpha whore BY the way.Bird nails the Lower Eastside scene and Martha Stewart, GALIATH BRANDING helps if you are familiar with BOTH. Initial reaction WHAT seriously, what What Did I Just Read I can t even describe how twisted this book is My brain is still trying to grasp the words my eyes were reading, if you can call them words Wait I take that back Of course, they re words. They re just special words I m not even mad My comfort zone just expanded Thank you, Stephen C Bird I don t even know how to summarize Catastrophically Consequential, the sequel prequel to Hideous Exuberance Within this book is a wide range of nonsensical topics, from daydreaming to time travelling and inner monologues to intense ranting, and so much There is something for everyone Everyone. Trust me.Catastrophically Consequential contains 14 short stories that leave the mind filled with mixed emotions and somewhat disturbing thoughts When I say short story, I mean short story Fifteen pages or less It s great, if there was ever a time when books didn t make me feel uncomfortable, that s over now One second, I d be disgusted, and the next, I d be laughing at something so ridiculous, I d find it funny There s just so much information and emotion packed in one small book The way it s written is different than anything I ve ever read before I cringed, giggled, closed the book for a second for a small, necessary break, re read the ludicrous names, and just had a wild adventure Mind BlownI pumped this baby out in less than an hour Each short story left me unsettled and confused than the previous story, but I couldn t stop reading I just let the words take me along, and opened my mind to the possibilities It was quite magical in a way I m not really sure what the message I m supposed to get from this book is, but I did have a fun, twisted time reading these crazy stories In you re into that, you ll love this book
This is a really well titled book, for one thing Catastrophically Consequential is a seeming humble brag, a bombastic statement name la A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, though Bird s collection of stories about stories about stories bears no resemblance whatsoever to Eggers steady account of his rise from tragedy Stephen C Bird s work contains tragedy, for sure not as a pit you rise from, but built right into the architecture of language and identity Catastrophically consequential isn t it all Aren t we all As to identity, there are multitudes, and in this prequel to Hideous Exuberance, he sucks the reader back into a kaleidoscope of the damaged, deranged, fat, angry, hapless, medieval, phonetically confusing, twitchily hilarious, despairing, and genuinely, searingly poetic In the space of a paragraph, the various narrators can verge from the mythic landscapes of demented demigods, to the interior monologue of a Faulknerian adherent of a kind of Orwellian moral doublespeak In Ebonic Southern redneck drawl It is not easy stuff, but Catastrophically Consequential is by turns hilarious, brilliantly musical, and it s audacious as all hell His writing is infectious, too reading back over this review, Bird s all over it Or my version of him, anyhow Maybe most refreshing is that Stephen Bird, as a writer, is willing or compelled to navigate seemingly any avenue of Western culture, and trusts his reader to be able to see all the signposts If you can t, then he gives you enough to chew on, look up, and ponder And if you don t wanna do that either, read somebody else. Treasures of the Unknown December 12, 2012 By Nina Klein This review is from Catastrophically Consequential Paperback I had read Mr Birds first book Hideous Exuberance which I thoroughly enjoyed and this second book was truly an art form in itself It has beauty, greed, spiritualness the ugliness of the world, the truth about what s happened to our society and was also beautifully entwined with the past and the present Mr Bird has such a visual and artistic imaginaton it is very easy to visualize everything you are reading Defintely a must readWill not disappoint at all Stephen C Bird This cleverly crafted, ironic short story with its clich and satirical themes is truly remarkable and quite extraordinary Totally genius, clever and ingenious this spectacular short story is just breathtaking The concoction of celebrity merged with the bizarre, peculiar and individualistic characters makes this a real treat for any reader who is seeking something different and quite out of the ordinary Brimmed full of wit, sarcasm, realism and truth drawing poignancy this thought provoking, idiosyncratic book is so absorbing that you will find it hard to put down Reading Catastrophically Consequential I felt like Alice in Wonderland who had been lured into a tantalizingly tempting trap that was so outlandish, eccentric and extraordinary that I did not want it to end Changing ones aspect on life itself I can honestly say that this story is affecting, touching your inner self and which lingers upon ones mind for a long time afterwards Prepare yourself for such chaotic confusion as to confound, which combines a blend of fantasy, general fiction, humor, satire and adult themes which is totally astonishing This prequel sequel to Hideous Exuberance incorporates non linear plots comical rants and disturbing inner monologues stream of consciousness dream sequences psychedelic, surrealistic scenarios and time traveling characters Revel in the chaotic confusion of sociopathic celebrities, suburban swingers, suicidal trust fund girls, decadent jet setters, D list standup comics, medieval princesses, sinister passive aggressive jokers, Evangelists and a host of other lost souls and disreputable, vindictive losers as they search in vain for metaphysical clarity This work encompasses the following genres Adult, experimental, fantasy, fiction, humor, satire and short story Surrealistic, psychedelic, neo beatnik, character based collection of thematically unified, darkly humorous and satirical short stories featuring meandering non linear plots, disturbing inner monologues, imaginary dialects, dream sequences and comical rants I am lost for words This book is certainly targeted at a wide readership, being something that will appeal to anyone and to those who have a vivid imagination As such a person I can honestly say that this book was so enjoyable to read, peculiar and at times embodied such lunacy and yet was so brilliant The author s visual, artistic vision is commendable as too is his dry sense of humor that comes across through the writing This is a strange book and one that doesn t have a storyline shock nor can it be slotted into a specific genre and so this makes it totally unique, original and a stand out book or one of its kind If you have an odd and often over active imagination like myself, then I highly recommend it as a fantastic read I won this book in a first reads giveaway on GoodReads I would like to thank the author for having his book as a giveaway In keeping up with the idea of how short this book is, I will be writing a review that contains exactly 152 words which is equivalent to the amount of words in the book starting now Catastrophically Consequential by Stephen C Bird is something so different from books out there, it was worth reading Although there is really no obvious storyline or genre it in someway can be related to poetry in the way that it has a deeper meaning at certain times I honestly feel this book is destined for someone who will thoroughly enjoy it but I was not one of them The book really demonstrates how creative Stephen C Bird is and I congratulate him on this hilarious at times book It was beautifully crafted in the way that pictures were involved within the writing The characters were developed well but the reason it fell short of its rating is because it feels at times that you are suddenly thrown into their lives which can honestly be bizarre and confusing to some I would recommend this book to anyone because it wouldn t hurt to read.Congrats you read a review that consists of the same amount of words used in the book If you feel this book is not for you don t pick it up but if you have the time, totally check it out but be warned, it might not live up to your expectations For me, I won this book off of GoodReads giveaway from the man himself, Stephen C Bird and I fully appreciate his generosity for the experience I had with this book. Whoa A new classic So This is surrealism I m not that smart I read it twice I underlined parts that I thought were particularly weird, fascinating or I just felt needed to be pondered It felt like the thing to do I am amazed by this book It s not an easy read but worth the effort, if you are a culture vulture and have been bored to tears by contemporary fiction and haven t finished Ulyssesstill I suggest reading Hideous Exuberance first, so you get the author s style and then you won t be baffled by the unique spelling mode Mr Bird spells words to satirize a certain concept, eg Pal A Non Unlike his first novel, the characters are much creepier, current modes of thinking are given much heavier cracks on their true relevance to reality and the author makes references to contemporary culture in Amurycka Profunda that makes this an instant classic No one and nothing is out of reach of Stephen C Bird s arrow of truth Then at the end, there is a tiny beam of light I almost wept It s a deep investigation of how we perceive life in today s culture, not bland nasty cynicism It s written by a real writer not a blogger or a journalist with an axe to grind It s about every one of us If you love amazing writing and new ideas, you will love Catastrophically Consequential.