Halibut, Herring and You: Short Stories by Carla Billinghurst
CreateSpace Publishing: 7/10/15
eBook review copy; 149 pages
Halibut, Herring and You: Short Stories by Carla Billinghurst is a very highly recommended (and very short) collection of short stories.
I enjoyed this collection of short stories, several of which are
interconnected, immensley. Billinghurst's writing is entertaining,
humorous, thought provoking and sometimes irreverent. There is a taste
of fables, fantasy and science fiction in the selections. My favorite
stories were probably the titular story, all The Usual Precautions
variations, Fire, both Counting stories, and Shopping. But, who am I
kidding; I liked the whole collection and count this as a plus because
I've found another new author I enjoy.
Halibut, Herring and You: a hilarious fairy tale about living an impossible life set in our modern politically correct world.
The Usual Precautions I – The
Australian Zombie Apocalypse: the first of a series of "micro-fiction about the zombie apocalypse, originally published on
carlabillnghurst.com. The first story (a guest post for Perilous
Adventures) was inspired by discussions around the dinner table about
what an Australian Zombie Apocalypse would look like and the rest
followed on irresistibly." Mostly, these stories are about our unease
with nature. "What the flies don’t eat, the Kookaburras and Butcher Birds and
Kurrawongs deal with. Meat-eaters carroll and cackle and fluff their
feathers; Insect-eaters chirrup and swoop."
Rachel: a warning to adults that kids do know what's good for them.
Fire: A fire is burning and who knows what it will uncover.
The Usual Precautions II – Le
Zombie Apocalypse Francaise
Counting: The story is told in a simple structure of counting.
"Counting and Counting Back grew out of the structure of the rocket
Seven Hundred: This was the result of "yet another re-reading of Robert Graves’ White Goddess."
Counting Back: This is a companion piece to Counting. Put together these are heartbreaking and poignant.
Usual Precautions III – Cinderella’s Zombie Apocalypse
Shopping: It's time for a shopping trip in the future - after aliens have taken over retail. (This is an extract from The Rock
Usual Precautions IV – A Transylvanian Zombie Apocalypse
Lilies: this began as a murder mystery and turned into something else.
Usual Precautions V – Hero of the Apocalypse
Nanny: Set in a future where an advanced alien civilization must replace
their nanny. What do we humans have that could possibly fill that role?
The Emergency Cat: Both this and the next story are told like fairy
tales and are spinoffs from writing a story based on Sleeping Beauty
The Usual Precautions VI – They Came From Earth
of the Line: This was originally a competition entry. "The competition
was simply to write a story including a glass of water and 7.45."
"I was provided with a complimentary copy of
this book so I could give an honest review."
(Regular followers can rest assured that all of my many reviews over the
years have always been my honest opinion, however this direct quote is
required for this eBook review copy.)