ReejecttIIon: A Number Two by Daniel Clausen – Book Review
ReejecttIIon: A Number Two by Daniel Clausen – Book Reviewed by Stacey
Illustrator – Mr Wolf
Publisher – CreateSpace Independant Pub
Pages – 128
Release Date – 1st March 2016
ISBN-13 – 978-1523724468
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
By reading ReejecttIIon, it’s likely you’ll discover: colorful short stories, funny flash fiction, hilarious cartoons, riveting reviews, wondrous anagrams and other assorted skits and titbits of under-achieving literary genius. If you’re lucky, you might come across sci-fi tales about the privatization of words, horror stories about hair and ruminations on indie writing.
It’s also possible that you’ll find commentary on the hazards of greedy literary agents and stories about washed up movie directors who receive financial backing from space aliens. Publisher’s Meekly calls it: “a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering.” (*This may or may not be referring to Jurassic Park and not ReejecttIIon.) Reader’s Indigestion says: “this book quietly stands as one of the most powerful statements of the Civil Rights movement.” (*This may or may not actually refer to To Kill a Mockingbird and not ReejecttIIon.) But why not read this seriously comical scattergun book and see what you can discover about ReejecttIIon for yourself?
Reejecttllon: A Number Two, is a collection of mainly short stories, surrounded by anagrams, fun cartoon drawings plus much more.
The short stories are a mixed bag, covering numerous genres, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. The book is very strange, so strange that the authors have written an introduction to the book explaining what it is about. We then move onto letters between Daniel Clausen and Harry Whitewolf, discussing the collaboration between the two on the book.
I have to admit it took me a few attempts to get into it (not literally – I didn’t spend days trying to prise the book open). On a few occasions I got about 10 pages in, and then stopped. Eventually I put it away for a few weeks and tried again, picking up from where I left off, rather than try from the start again. I had managed to turn a corner and found myself scooting through it in no time.
It is a fun book, that goes against the norm and gives you something a little bit different. It won’t be for everyone’s taste, but those who like dry humour, British sitcom-style, will most likely get a laugh out of it.
Book reviewed by Stacey
Daniel Clausen has wanted to be a writer ever since he was in elementary school. He has published stories and articles in such magazines as Slipstream, Black Petals, Spindrift, Zygote in my Coffee, and Leading Edge Science Fiction.
He has written four books: The Sage and the Scarecrow (a novel), the Lexical Funk (a short story collection), Reejecttion (short story/ essay collection), and The Ghosts of Nagasaki (a novel).
Harry Whitewolf is not only a contemporary poet of cutting edge pop prose (with books like New Beat Newbie and Two Beat Newbie), he is also a storyteller of true crazy travelling tales that read like fiction (Route Number 11 and The Road To Purification).
Harry’s writing has a distinctive style all of its own, but its beat driven prose is somewhat inspired by those tea toking cheap trick beatnik geniuses of bygone bebop days. He is a forty year old Englishman who smokes too much, he hopes to see world peace in his lifetime, and yes, Harry believes miracles are possible.