“Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness, simple reviews from a simple reader…”
Zakk reviews He Digs A Hole by Danger Slater, 138 pages published by Fungasm Press February 14, 2018.
Paperback provided by the author.
Entertainment Value (Because the kids like numbers)
Get a job. Get married. Buy a house. Cut off your hands and replace them with gardening tools. Dig a hole. Can you hear the worms calling? Keep digging.
(Yup, that’s all you get, kind of all you need though. – Zakk)
Great Expectations (judging the book by it’s cover)
Other than the vaguity of the synopsis, which can’t be all the book is about, I’m going in blind. I’ve never read Danger Slater before, and I’m not the type of reader to be immediately sold on “Bizarro” fiction, but a peer who has an idea of what I’m into recommends this, so let’s jump in with both feet.
Final Thoughts (judging the book by it’s content)
Alright, look, I am a simple reader, self proclaimed of course, but I believe it to be true. But what does that mean to me? I feel as though I am a surface dweller when it comes to narratives. Abstract allegory, complex metaphors, are often lost on me as I take the words at face value. I’d like to find a deeper meaning in books, and I am taking steps that are necessary to try and open the bridge to seeing another dimension in what I am reading. Slowing down, contemplating the words as I read and reflecting on what I’ve just consumed after a reading session. Get in touch with myself, then get in touch with the book. It’s an experiment that may reinforce that I am merely a simple reader, which is fine, but I have to try and expand my consciousness, and I’m excited to see where this goes.
He Digs a Hole, is a charming piece of fiction (is it fiction?) that forces me out of my comfort zone, not only on preferred genre but also in the challenges I tend to accept in literature. I’m not going to tell you that He Digs a Hole is a narrative about life, love, everything in between and what efforts it takes to maintain the complexities of life’s axis. Because maybe it’s not. Maybe I’m off my rocker, all I’m going to say is that this is how I’ve chosen to take it.
On the surface it’s a weird bit of Bizarro fiction (no Jizz and Shit sentient beings, thank Jeebus, I can’t hang with that) that is constantly keeping you off balance. Or is it trying specifically to knock you off balance? Underneath the surface, well, that’s hard to say. I’d imagine that He Digs a Hole hit’s different people different ways. Fever dream, hallucination, something more on a personal level.
More on that later.
He Dig’s a Hole is more than a bit entertaining, serving up highly visual and in depth set pieces. Imagine an oil slick on water, translate that sort of color-play into character-play and you may be on to something. The small cast of characters have amazing and fulfilling arcs and their metamorphosis happens quickly. The dialog is quirky and fun and the depth is exactly what you can take out of it. In my case, for every metaphor I caught I’m sure there were a handful that floated over and around me.
The one thing I didn’t miss is that Danger Slayer is inside my fucking head. There’s a “beyond the fourth wall/ author in your head” moment, which sprouts tendrils that poke through the narrative before you (or I) know what is happening. I would honestly like to see someone else’s copy to check for differences or confirmation that this book might be artistically about me, because honestly my mind is blown.
I work at Home Depot, and while it’s not Hardware in my world, I’ve lived in aisle 11 for the better part of 21 years. And yes, I met my wife here. That may not mean a lot to you right now, but for those who have read He Digs a Hole… boom.
Check it out.
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am choosing to review it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
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