Hung Hounds

      Hung Hounds - Donald Armfield 5/5


      When bizarro fiction is done right it's a true mind bending experience. Imagine for a second taking everything you think you know about writing and throw in a porn star with an enormous schlong, a monkey, some mermaids, and trans dimensional mutts that have huge schlongs. You have a pretty good idea of what you're in for and the kicker is that while you're reading it you never know what to expect. Armfield writes like a kid with ADD and the kid has been handed king sized Pixie Stix. The plot is easy to follow and the beautiful thing about this novel is that it keeps you on your toes. This is a bizarro novel that doesn't just imitate other books, it actually give the genre a much needed kick in the ass.

     The plot seems pretty straight forward, but here is where Armfeld shines. He throws so much at you that you can't help but keep reading just to see how it all ends. He never loses sight of where he wants the novel to go and the characters that he has created only add to the bizarre nature of the story. Our narrator it seems is just thrown into this and he has no clue what he's doing, but that's okay because a lot of times none of the others do either. Only Dawn seems to have a clue as to how to save them all and she is the true hero of Hung Hounds.

     It's not your typical action adventure novel and that's not a bad thing. If you're a fan of bizarro this is a must read and if you've never read a bizarro novel before this is a good place to start because it's a novel that never ceases to be laugh out loud funny and mind blowing. The book is supposed to be about the Hug Hounds but there's way more to it than that. It's a total blast to read, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.


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