Giveaway & Review: The Jesus Fish and Slaughter Bird by Clark Casey

Title: The Jesus Fish and Slaughter Bird

Author: Clark Casey

Published: No Dead Tree Press Dec 2010

Synopsis: An epic novella about four twenty-something lost souls who meet in a bar in Manhattan in the early 1980s. The rollicking narrative follows them for 20 years of their turbulent (and often funny) lives into the turn of the century. The cast includes an aspiring musician/artist and hypochondriac desperately trying to rid himself of his native Queens accent, a racist pool hustler who falls for a Chinese girl, a well-endowed shy girl in search of true love, and a pretty girl with abandonment issues and a dream of becoming a “florologist.” A comedic tour de force by an up-and-coming satirist.

Status: Read from November 16 to 17, 2011 — I own a copy  {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Despite the abbreviated format, Casey manages to pack a lot of story into this amusing novella. It begins when a pair of ‘New Yawk’ mates, Rosco and Vesper (aka Leonardo), pick up two girls they tag the Jesus Fish and the Slaughter Bird in a Manhattan bar. in a series of short, sharp chapters we follow the four characters and their relationships over the next twenty years.
Without any real idea what to expect I was quickly drawn into this well written, compact story. The Jesus Fish and Slaughter Bird is, perhaps surprisingly, a satirical romantic comedy but with it’s own quirky style. For me, it wasn’t the type of story you laugh out loud with but it’s certain to raise a smile or two and for native New Yorkers it might resonate more strongly. I was impressed that the author was able to create such fully rounded characters that live complete lives within the novella’s pages. The journey of the protagonists is both entirely ordinary and slightly absurd involving artistic aspirations, pool hustling, erotic dreams, the millennium bug and love. There are plenty of diversions but eventually Rosco gets his Jesus Fish, though the Slaughter Bird and Vesper don’t fare quite so well.
At just under 19,000 words (about 60 pages) The Jesus Fish and the Slaughter Bird is quick, unusual but very readable novella to enjoy.

Available to Purchase

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1  set of three paperback novellas by Clark Casey including

The Jesus Fish and Slaughter Bird

Pale Male and the Infertile Girl

The Perfect Defective


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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 13:31:35

    Thees definitely sounds good! Count me in. Thanks.

    Canada

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Margaret
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 13:32:20

    Added these to my wishlist on goodreads.

    Margaret
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  3. Mystica
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 13:54:17

    Please count me in – Thank you.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

    from Sri Lanka

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  4. krystallarson
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 14:45:52

    Thank you for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

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  5. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:06:19

    This sounds kind of interesting!

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  6. Mary Preston
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:23:57

    Hi,

    I added ” The Jesus Fish and Slaughter Bird” & “Pale Male and the Infertile Girl” to my Goodreads list, but ” The Perfect Detective” is not up.

    Mary Preston
    AUSTRALIA
    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  7. Aik
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 18:33:49

    +1 Aik, Malaysia, aikychien at yahoo dot com
    +3 I added all three books to my Goodreads ‘to-read’ list – Aik Chien

    Total entries = 4

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  8. martabarcelona
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 20:16:00

    Hi! My name’s Marta, martaplayita at gmail dot com, from Barcelona, Spain.
    Thank you!

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  9. Elizabeth
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 20:19:21

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Elizabeth in Cyprus
    etrabelsie[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  10. Michelle Grayce
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 01:49:08

    The book souns good.
    Michelle in Uk
    msuck27@hotmail.co.uk

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  11. Lucia
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 09:54:13

    Thanks fot the chance to win! Sounds like a nice book!

    Lucia from Italy

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  12. Michelle
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 17:24:49

    Great giveaway Shelleyrae. Count me in

    Michelle from Australia

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  13. Caty
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 11:57:56

    I am from Portugal and would love to win this!
    🙂

    Catarina
    catarina(dot)magoito(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Susy
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 02:25:22

    Me, me, me!
    ;D
    THE PERFECT DETECTIVE seems great!

    Susana from Portugal (thsnks for the heads up Caty!)
    39.5susy AT gmail.com

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  15. Mil
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:16:29

    I love the titles of those books!

    Gonçalo from Portugal singning up.

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  16. Toina
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 21:58:42

    My name is Antónia and I am also from Portugal.
    I am searching for any giveaways on books in english so that I can train the language and increase my vocabulary.
    😉

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  17. Daniel Saraiva
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 23:27:24

    Hi, I am Daniel Saraiva from Portugal and I am here on a recommendation, so if I win there will be another reader to the books.
    But I went browsing through the blog and loved the posts about Cover Design since I draw and paint myself and I am always interested in good art!

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  18. Durão
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 23:54:14

    Hello once more from Portugal. I’m Carlos
    Gonna try my luck.

    PS – Thanks for sharing Caty! 😉

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  19. Jaime
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 05:13:23

    Am I still on time? With the time difference I am not sure.
    😦

    Anyway, here is my participation.
    All the best from Portugal (I guess it’s an invasion. 😉 )

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  20. Jaime
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 05:13:58

    Yeah, I passed the deadline. Count me out then.
    Good luck to all others!

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