Daily Review: The Experimental Notebook by C. S. Boyack
May 16, 2017
The Experimental Notebook
By Mae Clair
The author deals with death, afterlife, loyalty, survival and loneliness and weaves those emotions into cleverly constructed fast-paced short stories.
This is a spectacular collection of short and micro fiction. I really enjoyed the author’s first Experimental Notebook but this one is superb. The blend of stories from sci-fi, to paranormal and even horror, is an entrancing mixture much like strolling through a sideshow carnival and goggling at all the curiosities. Some of these stories will make you think, a few might make you squirm, but all will have you applauding at how deftly they’re delivered.
I have my favorites. From the pulp-type Last Flight of the Rocketmen to the cleverly executed Documentary and Oddness of Magpies (just to name a few), there is something here for everyone.
Best of all, you can easily enjoy them in small doses or all at once. My absolute favorite is Holo-Barkers, a brilliant little piece that I still find myself grinning about. Other readers are sure to find their favorites as well.
Whether you’re a regular reader of short stories or only indulge occasionally, this is one collection you don’t want to miss. Highly entertaining!
By Soooz Burke
My curiosity was raised when reading author C.S.Boyack’s blog. I found that to be highly entertaining, and wanted to explore his fictional works as a result. I’m so pleased that I did, this book is an enjoyable exploration into the many faces of man. The author deals with death, afterlife, loyalty, survival and loneliness and weaves those emotions into cleverly constructed fast-paced short stories.
The pulp feel is done deliberately in a few of the collection and the humor is apparent in many of the stories, usually contained within dialogue shared by characters that are crafted well.
It is hard to choose favorites for I enjoyed each story for a different reason. The following are just a few that lingered in memory after reading, although each story was well done.
‘Magpie’ was narrated simply, yet it conveyed a touch of the macabre as the predatorial birds gather waiting for a woman to die. Survival of a species denotes things we all fear.
‘Night Bump Radio’ DJ Pete Rogers runs a late night radio show from a trailer parked on land that has a mystical history. Callers talk about things live to air, the things that go ‘bump’ in the night. As, Pete chats to his callers, what appears to be interference is heard on the line. That interference continues, becoming clearer and more audible with each call he takes. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone, so suffice it to say that I’ll be listening more acutely tonight when I close my eyes. This story was chilling.
These speculative pieces hold something for everyone, and have left me eager to explore more of this talented authors work.
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