Monday, June 25, 2012

The Eleventh Jaguarundi and Other Mysterious Persons –Jessica Amanda Salmonson

The Eleventh Jaguarundi and Other Mysterious Persons –Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Surrealist Short Stories
98 pages
Footnotes/Endnotes: None
Illustrations: No
Suitable for eReaders: Yes

Rainy Day is fortunate enough to have a phone with a Kindle App. She says fortunate, because the other day she found herself in a waiting room for over two hours, and had nothing to read but the usual magazines. She hauled out her phone, and instead of playing solitaire she read this book. On her phone. (Rainy Day remembers when phones were black, connected to the wall, and the only things you could do on them was to make & receive calls, or if one was very, very stealthy, listen in on the party line conversations!)

But, back to the short stories. They are not, obviously, the usual fantasy. Jessica Amanda Salmonson after all, wrote them;-) The stories are surreal. This is not a genre that appeals to everyone, and even Rainy Day doesn't read a lot of it. But the stories were great fun, filled with patterns and shapes and sounds more than with plot and sense and character. A great way to enjoy a gentle vertigo while sitting, and not affecting your inner ears. think literary fiction turned inside out, cut into pieces and reassembled into different pictures.

If you need a linear story, a beginning, a middle, an end; if you need the standard plot structure to enjoy a story, then The Eleventh Jaguarundi and Other Mysterious Persons is probably not your book. However, if you enjoy the unusual, the off center, Salvatore Dali in words, then you stand a high chance of enjoying this book.