A Second, Less Capable, Head, And Other Rogue Stories
ISBN 9781937818395, Sand Hill Review Press, an e-book by James Hanna,
This book has been termed a fictional, satirical anthology and several of the 19 individual stories are just that. Others often are quite short vignettes that along with one or two others contain pathos and perhaps even character insights. In this reviewer’s opinion, the book’s title story presents an amusing statement; The Guest (2), also an amusingly well done parody on today’s government; Exposed (3) pathos; Fruits (5) a scathingly good similar depiction to number two, as well as adding the all-too-apparent present day ‘human’ attitude; similarly, The Sicilian (7), Breaking Vials (8), Honey Bunny (9) present interesting issues. Hunting Bear (12) introduces the sociopath featured later in an advanced condition of psychosis in Hunter’s Moon (17); Another Will Take Your Place (18), the story of a serial rapist and one of his victims again, as with numbers 12 and 17, scathingly depicts the fallacies of today’s criminal system, but this latter, also provides an interesting comment/conjecture on one victim; The Break (14) presents a realistic picture of a chase of escaped prisoners.
The author has provided a well written/paced anthology of unusual stories that range from being too simplistic for this reviewer to others that quite scathingly capture government/establishment mismanagement as well as human frailties. Thus, a somewhat dichotomous conclusion.
3* Dichotomous for this reviewer; 5* excellent satire and pathos; 3* several too simplistic.