Full disclosure – I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the authors but have voluntarily provided a review. All opinions are my own.
Another batch of twisted tales
Lance Manion is back with another compilation of disjointed tales in Broken World Stories. Providing the reader with a little over 60 shorts covering anything from a cop’s musings about fireflies, to family antics at funerals and fur coats that will literally eat you alive, this seems to be the weirdest of Manion’s collections yet. While Manion’s humor is not for everyone, (and he is perfectly ok with that) I find that I am just twisted enough to enjoy these stories without having to need therapy after reading them. In fact, I have found myself making reference to a few of these stories on occasion based on something that is said or the situation at hand. Although some may find Manion’s humor offensive and triggering, particularly in the current climate I beg to differ. His style is unapologetically authentic and if that makes a person stop to think more about a situation for better or worse, then that is refreshing. Closing with a series of “COVID Updates” in addition to another short revolving around Manion’s recurring character Nap Lapkin and Broken World Stories shapes up to another good collection for those who don’t take themselves too seriously, are not easily offended and often find themselves laughing at the weirdest of items.