Review by Lisabet Sarai (GoodReads Reviewer) 5 STARS
I chose to review this book because I know it’s difficult to find readers for short fiction. I didn’t have any expectations, which is fortunate, because this volume would have violated them – whatever they were. Blowing Up doesn’t fit well into any category. A mixture of satire and science fiction, spiritual pondering and scatological polemics, the book is utterly original.
Many of the stories are deeply disturbing. Mr. Mitchell does not seem to have a high opinion of humanity, or of himself for that matter. Nevertheless, his artistry impressed me, and when I finally finished reading, I felt surprisingly good despite having been raked over the emotional coals.
Naturalbri's Reviews 5 STARS
If you are in need of some good, tongue-in-cheek and honest humour, this book is exactly what you want! I went in thinking that it would be a good laugh and great read for a long drive, but was left in waves of intense laughter and found myself telling my husband about sections to share the fun.
Yes, it takes a hard look at the world around us, really making us stop to think, but also making us wonder about what is really happening next to us or in the next room. You see the view of many people and things, through the eyes of an honest person, with a pinch of tell it like it is. Truly a book to really enjoy.
The world's first laundromance draws three strangers (two men and a woman), each with a heavy load of emotional laundry, together on a Saturday morning in the biggest, coolest laundromat in town. It's also the only sentient building on earth, and it dives into the very souls of its three customers and tells their stories. By the end of the story, the contact each of the characters has made with each other helps to clean the dirty laundry of their lives...even though they have not spoken a word to each other.
In just a few hours, Abner Hayes' wife and daughter are going to die, and the only way he can save their lives is to team up with a deadly computer virus and travel through time and space in a virtual universe that itself has only hours to live. Through suicidal game worlds, virtual landscapes that threaten to devour the unwary, and a series of insidious cyber traps, Abner and the virus must stay one step ahead of sinister forces that will stop at nothing to destroy his family in order to steal their incredible secret. Spliced with dark humor and intricate characters, The War Bug is a non-stop roller coaster thriller into a terrifying future.
If homicidal marketing managers, angry Italian ghosts, Bolshevik uprisings in your desktop, people who think they’re trees and naked pagan women on a mission to save the universe make you feel like you want to be somewhere else, then don’t buy this book. Don’t even think about it. It will hurt your Mary Poppins sensibilities.
But if you’re into weird humor, vain attempts at slapstick violence, fast-paced stories that lead to nowhere good, then Team Player is your kind of reading.
(Cover art by Brock Parks)
In this sequel to The War Bug, Cassie Hayes is the idol of the universe.
For a thousand years, she's been triumphant in the Reality Wars, a deadly series of real and virtual games played every 100 years and broadcast throughout the galaxies. But Cassie, a sentient software program, is tormented by the death of her virtual mother after her human father abandoned them 2000 years earlier.
Now he's back...just in time to abandon her again as he goes off to save the universe with the help of a computer virus that thinks it's Buddha.