“Thirteen Tales of Textual Arousal”– This time 13 is a lucky number

Anderson, Robin. “Thirteen Tales of Textual Arousal”, Nazca Plains,2010.

This Time 13 is a Lucky Number

Amos Lassen


I have lauded Robin Anderson as a novel writer in several reviews but here is something new—thirteen tales that you will not soon forget. Anderson maintains his wonderful writing skills and tongue-in-cheek humor but this time on short stories and they are like none I have ever read before. This time the number thirteen does not mean unlucky but thirteen ways to enjoy a read.

“No Stones against a Window” is about an old superstition that throwing an old stone against an ex’s window might reignite a now dead romance.

“Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron” is about an au pair who becomes friendly with her charge and the results thereof.

“The Thirteenth Party” features Paulo who thinks he is the world’s greatest lover switches from women to men and what happens.

“Fisherman’s Pie” features Angus who learns to deal with life when he meets Tim when they both went fishing/

“Herons in Hyde Park” is about a gay couple, David and Peter in which one wants to set up a domestic arrangement and the other has different ideas.

“Cinderella Fella—The Story of a Heel”—the title says it all if you read it correctly.

“Mary Poppins is a C**T” introduces us to some other substance than a spoonful of sugar.

“Englishman Wanta Join In” will have you read it twice and once you read it the first time you will see why.

“Monsieur Bovary” introduces us to Julia Bovary (no, not Emma) and her man, Julian who succumbs to the hedonistic pleasures of the south of France.

“Another Knotch in Their Belt” brings David, Marie and Mitzi together and that is all I am saying.

“The Picture of Dorian Gay”—enough said.

“Bite Size” is a collection of unforgettable British men with a surprise at the end.

“Pied Piper” tells us about Ernest Craig and his “Day of Reckoning Party”.

The stories of diverse but they are all infused with Anderson’s masterful sardonic touches. The author says that the stories provide terror, titillation and tragedy. I say that they are one hell of a good read and unlike stories that you have come across before. This may be just the book to introduce you to Robin Anderson or then again it may be the book that caps his writing. I am not sure but I do know that I plan to continue reading whatever he writes.

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