by Craig Stone
A tale of a man who quits his day job to go live in the park, “The Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness” is a wildly entertaining reading experience.
Though the story line may seem straightforward, the author manages to keep the reader off-balance with kinky plot twists, a bombardment of incongruous imagery, and a cast of characters reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland.
The style of the writing yanks the reader around like a well-engineered carnival ride, with short ducks down the rabbit hole and backstory that jumps away to far-flung locations… then suddenly back again. And just when the reader thinks that they’ve adjusted to the bumps and dips… that they no longer need to grasp the safety bar so tightly… the author throws in a sudden shot of insight into the plight of modern humanity.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but would give any prospective readers one warning. If you plan on reading “The Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness”, be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.
If you happen to be taking a sip when you hit one of those ridiculously ingenious images that come from the clever mind of Mr. Stone, whatever you’re drinking will end up coming out your nose..