Book Review – Roadkill by Leonard Kirke
This is a book review of Roadkill by Leonard Kirke. Leonard contacted me by email (I’m at anitabookreviews at gmail dot com if you want to get in touch for a review or even just to say hi – get off pesky spam bots) to say he’d seen my blog (this one you’re on now) and would love it if I read and maybe reviewed his book. So here we are.
It’s a short story, only fifteen chapters, some of which are only two pages long on my kindle app, so it doesn’t take long to read. You could do it on a commute to work or in your lunch break, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Sometimes a short tale is just what you need. As short tales go, this is definitely a good one.
So what’s it all about? The blurb on Amazon says…
A wandering, hungry dog. A hamburger in the middle of the road. A truck speeding through the night. You can probably guess how it ends, but the end is only the beginning. “Roadkill,” the debut short story by Leonard Kirke, is the tale of four friends on a perfectly normal errand: going out for a late-night snack. Less normal is the fact that all four are the spirits of dead animals, inexplicably able to think, talk, and feel just like humans. Even less normal is the fact that fast food might just be their only hope of continued existence. When they’re pursued by a mysterious hooded figure, things start to get really weird. Described by one reader as “what the movie ‘Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle’ would be if it was written by David Lynch,” Leonard Kirke’s “Roadkill” exists somewhere between the realm of classic on-the-road stories and the surrealism of Franz Kafka. Fans of the strange, the bizarre, the amusing, and the occasionally heartwarming will find themselves right at home.
That does really sum it up. I did correctly guess the ending part way through but it wasn’t a disappointment. In fact, it was exactly what I would have chosen if I’d written the story so it was great to be right. It’s an enjoyable read and I think it does make you question why we are here; either from the philosophical discussions between the animals, or the lackadaisicalness of the humans at Stubby Burger. It also reinforced my own feelings about hamburger joints.
So on to a score. It’s difficult to know where to place it, because it’s a short story. As regular readers will know, I never give a 5 out of 5, so even a 3 out of 5 from me is actually a strong recommendation. It’s easily a 3 for me. So log on to Amazon right now and buy a copy. It’s well worth it. Leonard is a good writer and I would say one to keep an eye on for the future.
SCORE: A solid 3 out of 5 (without doubt a 3.5)