"Bonneville Stories drops tale after tale of nihilistic glee in your lap"
Jim Martin reviews Mark Doyon's Bonneville Stories
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You remember that guy in Greek mythology who was doomed to push the boulder up the mountain only to have it roll down the other side for all eternity? Imagine if one day he got to the top of the mountain and that rock just sat there perfectly balanced. Imagine the look on his face. Imagine him singing merrily and dancing down the mountain. Imagine a giant Monty Pythonesque finger emerging from the clouds to give that rock a little nudge and send it back down.
That is Bonneville Stories in a nutshell. It is a fabulous book of short stories peopled with the strangest, most non-adapting people a body could ever want to meet. From the mayor, who was chased out of town over a complicated fireworks scam and now hides in the illegal bar he has made out of a friend's barn to the one-armed vigilante child, Bonneville Stories drops tale after tale of nihilistic glee in your lap.
But it works. The characters are endearing because they are stupid, foolish, arrogant, short-sighted, and drunk. They are just like you and me. It's a book of the wild sorts of stories we only wish were ours to tell.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Martin is the only one who really believes his press. He's a writer, a political observer, a computer programmer, a family guy, a punk rocker, a football player (American rules), a lousy student of taekwon do, and an irritating git.