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A pirate, a flamingo, and a possessed teddy bear.
Running Out of Time, by A.M. Hounchell is an absurdist novel with a penchant for rule-breaking.
The unedited, stream of consciousness style allows the reader to peer behind the curtain of the author’s mind as words turn into rhymes and letters swap places, forming eggcorns or surrealist word switches.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of eggcorns, Merriam-Webster defines it as:
a word or phrase that sounds like and is mistakenly used in a seemingly logical or plausible way for another word or phrase either on its own or as part of a set expression
The word eggcorn, itself, is an eggcorn for acorn.
This book is filled with sarcasm, philosophical explorations of the relationship between time and space, and a multitude of dream-like landscapes and events. Even the copyright page is inventive and amusing.
If you want a quick read that will challenge your sense of reality, Running Out of Time is the book for you. If you prefer pristinely edited books with clear and reliable narrators, you may want to pass on this book.
Content Warning: Cannibalism.
More by A.M. Hounchell
Goodreads: Four books
Website: A.M. in the P.M.
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Ditrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and co-editor of Strange Stories to Tell in the Park. Bowie is also the creator of the webcomic, This Writer Can’t Draw. A classically trained pianist and former educator, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game.
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