OF LIFE, DEATH, ALIENS AND ZOMBIES
By Dario Cannizzaro
Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more.
Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.
The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.
Of Life, Death Aliens and Zombies is a collection of 9 short stories, all quite different but gives away a bit of lesson about human nature.
As because it’s a collection of 9 short stories so I would like to tell a bit about every story. Don’t worry I won’t give out the plot much because it would be better that way. I would preferably tell you the feelings left by it.
The first story goes by the name of Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse.
This story made me laugh a lot.
Going by the name, this story might seem to have a paranormal angle, but I must tell you this story was no way a paranormal story because the narrator never saw a single zombie. This story is definitely not about zombies. It’s a story of Survival in hard times, how internet goes buzzing over stuff that may not be true and people easily believing it.
The second story is Bathroom Love.
One of favourites. It’s a Story of loneliness, pain, betrayal. It’s very beautiful and also had one of my favorites qoutes of this book.
“Because after all you can love sex, despise sex, loathe sex, crave sex, but sex is nothing on its own, sex is just about connecting, just about feeling each other’s soul, just for a moment there, to know you’re not alone.”
The third story is The Name of the Rose
Yet another very beautiful and different story. It is a kind of memoir, the narrator remembering the time he was fifteen. That year changed a lot for him. He bunked classes to go to a book shop where he learnt a lot about life. Things changed, times changed but the impression of different incidents of that time left with him.
The fourth one The Announcement
Sorry this one is my least favourite but I must say it’s still very beautiful. It was quite unpredictable, a story that held my suspense. The underlying message: the showing off, boastful nature of humans. In this story each country was trying show how they are superior than the other.
The fifth story The Best Place To Plan a Mass Shooting.
This was yet another hilarious tale. Very enjoyable. This is also a memoir. The narrator wrote a story in it, which had elements that were not acceptable to his principal or other teachers of his school. Though he himself was quite proud of it.
Next one Summer’s Ended
Another beautiful story. It’s a story of loneliness and human desires.
The seventh one Fake plastic trees
This was definitely my favourite. This story tells how we all are a living lie. We are good at pretending and what we think and what we tell are sometimes completely different. We all are trying to paint a picture of ourselves that would be likable to others even if we ourselves hate it.
The eight story Terrorism Marketing
This is another funny and hilarious tale. This story tells about a time when the narrator was able to escape terrorists by bluffing them.
The last one Inpurita
This story was longer than others. It’s a tale of unfulfilled desires and it’s repercussions. Four different people with different backgrounds came together for few hours, and these few hours change their lives.
“So while Lukas was reading that thing in his hands, he also read about himself, about someone thirty-three years old, thirty-three years of non-life, all accompanied by the hand of destiny – someone else’s dreams, someone else’s life, someone else’s desires.”
Overall I would say that I loved each and every story of this collection. All the stories were well written and I would recommend this book to everyone. Because the tales are from different genres so this book would, I believe would suit everyone.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
TOP REVIEWERS’ COMMENTS
“Very strong voice, reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges, John Fante, Kurt Vonnegut”
– Lyn, GoodReads Top Reviewer
“An author who will stun and amaze you and make you laugh and perhaps cry”
– Pam S. Dunn, author of Sunflower
“I haven’t really been introduced to a voice as Zeitgeisty as this since Alex Garland”
– Fabian, GoodReads Top Reviewer
“Would calling it a literary masterpiece be an exaggeration? I hope you will be able to tell me that after you read it”
– Bernard Jan, author of Cruel Summer
DARIO CANNIZZARO was born in the sun-eaten Naples, Italy in 1982. He moved to Ireland in 2011, and has called it home ever since. He started writing short stories at seven, which are shamefully lost forever, but has never stopped writing since. His works have been published in Italian and English in Literary Magazines such as The Galway Review, Two Thousand Words and Chantwood Magazine.