Burn, “Piecemeal June, Burn

 “Kevin lives in a small apartment above a porn shop with his tarot-reading cat, Mithra. He has gotten used to Mithra bringing him things from outside: dead mice, Twinkie wrappers, donut scraps, houseplants, and the occasional rabbit head. But one day, Mithra brings him an ankle… a sweaty piece of rubber-latex shaped like a human ankle. Later, he is brought an eyeball, then a foot. After more latex body parts are brought upstairs, Kevin decides to glue them together to form a piecemeal sex doll. But once the last piece is glued into place, the sex doll comes to life. She says her name is June. She comes from another world and is on the run from an evil pornographer and three crab-human hybrid assassins. Piecemeal June is a reality-bending journey into love, sex, death, and a bizarre parallel world of butchered flesh.”

The GOOD:

“Such interesting uses of orifices.”,November 25, 2008

This review is from: Piecemeal June (Paperback)

This is what I told Jordan Krall in an email to him after finishing Piecemeal June. In this Bizarro novella, Krall introduces us to a manifold universe where there is something perverse that lays just beneath the surface of perception.

He populates his story with believable and surprising characters. Where you expect something sinister, you get a likable being at peace with its nature. When you do find a character that is bad on the surface, you also find the pitiable creature beneath the facade. There is also room for an average joe.

At the core of all the front line personalities is a desire to possess the most fascinating creature of them all: June, a sex-doll given life. Only one will keep her in the end, of course, but given the implied pornographic nature of the tale, the reader will be pleasantly surprised that sex is not the dominant force that drives the tale. It’s almost an afterthought, just there because that is the way of this multiverse.

No, Piecemeal June is a study of human interaction, even among beings that are not quite human. The search for that hard to find feeling of true love is planted firmly in the center of this narrative.

The only real annoyance with this tale is its brevity. Now this does say more about the reader than the author. Jordan Krall did an amazing job of carefully wrapping all that he did into such a small package. There is also the fact that the Bizarro genre is marked by its many novella-length works.

In short, get this book in your collection immediately. It will only disappoint you with its final punctuation mark. Piecemeal June, though brief, is an excellent first offering from a very talented author.

The Bad:

Good fun that is mildly hampered,May 18, 2010

This review is from: Piecemeal June (Paperback)

This is one of those books which makes me feel a bit iffy about quantifiable rating systems, as I feel this book really gets something more like a 3.7. While Jordan Krall’s Piecemeal June is marred by a few problems, it is still an enjoyable read.

This is definitely a story that is built on characters, and the first character to gain reader sympathy is Mithra, Kevin’s cat. In a way, it feels like the story should have had more focus on Mithra for the way that he is a very active chara…more This is one of those books which makes me feel a bit iffy about quantifiable rating systems, as I feel this book really gets something more like a 3.7. While Jordan Krall’s Piecemeal June is marred by a few problems, it is still an enjoyable read.

This is definitely a story that is built on characters, and the first character to gain reader sympathy is Mithra, Kevin’s cat. In a way, it feels like the story should have had more focus on Mithra for the way that he is a very active character and in many cases more of an active character than Kevin, considering how he was the one who brought the pieces of the titular June doll in addition to the tarot cards peppered throughout the story. Kevin himself is, however, a largely-relatable person. His mental freudian slips which happen every so often have brought some smiles to my face while reading, and his relationship with June did feel pretty damn genuine even when considering the change in dynamic from being a project to being a walking, talking entity without the whole situation coming off as astoundingly creepy. The other characters involved help mold the atmosphere through the ways they are involved in the porn business or in sickly divine affairs, and how the most prominent characters among each group want to take June away.

As said before, however, there are some issues. The prologue seemed a bit out of place, apparently being about Simon, God of Whores making a quick harvest from some guy that stumbled out of a bar. The reason why this seems out of place is that Simon is built up at this early point to be an unforgiving badass, which doesn’t seem to be quite consistent with his “Oh, okay,” attitude at the very end (for what, I’m not at liberty to say). The tarot cards were also felt a little unnecessary as there didn’t seem to be any kind of payoff for them at the end. They can be interpreted as Mithra giving small bursts of foreshadowing, but at the same time it felt like they should have gotten some kind of finish by the story’s end. The last thing I’m going to complain about is the editorial slip-ups, if only because they really felt at odds with the otherwise smoothly-flowing prose.

All in all, a great concept with some slips in execution. It is by no means a bad book, however, so when looking for a book that manages to do human/sex-doll romance well, look towards Krall’s Piecemeal June.

And The Ugly:

 The beginning of something that will never come,April 21, 2008

This review is from: Piecemeal June (Paperback)

What a tease man!!! Give it some essence. Just not the essence discussed in Dr. Strangelove. The Bizarro writers could be neat. I want something to mentally jack off to.

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~ by MorbidbookS, Extreme Fiction Publisher. on April 23, 2011.

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