Inventive, disconcerting, and hilarious, Daniel Grandbois’s present-day fables call to mind Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories as readily as they do Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics, Rikki Ducornet's Butcher's Tales, and Woody Allen's most literary writings. Braced on the shoulders of the fabulists, fantasists, flash-fictionists, absurdists, surrealists, and satirists who came before him, Daniel Grandbois dredges up impossible meanings from the mineral and plant kingdoms, as well as the animal, and serves them to us as if they were nothing more fantastic than a plate of eggs and ham.
Like Zen koans, these stories playfully short-circuit the brain to bypass normal thought and open the mind to undiscovered worlds of perception. As the human organism responds inexplicably to music, to particular combinations of notes of varying pitches and durations and the intervals of silence between them, so too it responds in profound yet ultimately incomprehensible ways to the absurd, twisted language of Grandbois’s poetic prose.
These are works of surpassing literary merit . . . some of the most inventive, restless, and creative fiction I have read in the last five years. —Rick Moody
A book of imagination’s plenty. Ultimately . . . a book of wonder and delight.
—Ed Ochester, from the foreword
Kiss conventional reality goodbye and prepare to have your brain rearranged, to enter a realm in which scintillating, nonstop invention is god. —Amy Gerstler
One is tempted to look for precedents to his odd surrealism and verbal pranks, but it’s clear Grandbois has staked out his own territory, one peopled with offbeat characters and varied discourses. . . . The wise fool, an old conceit of literature, resurfaces, and he is of course Grandbois himself. —Peter Johnson