Sunday, October 16, 2011

Isis, Justin: I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like

A series of short stories of varying length, some almost a novella, of which three have the same title as the collection. The cover blurb suggests the author is a combination of Oscar Wllde and Villiers de L'Isle-Adam moved to present-day Japan and
this may be a fairly reasonable description. There is a definite air of detached strangeness in all the stories both the long one and the short ones. This strangeness does make the stories hard to enjoy though the overall effect is not unpleasing.
The unfinished nature of many of the tales is a function, I suppose, of their episodic nature and the bleakness of the approach.

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