‘These startling, often surreal and sometimes very funny microfictions seem at first glance to be no more than little jokes and deliberately whipped-up confections, but most have more to them on reflection. While some do seem a little forced, they are mostly the sort of joyously crazy pieces that you’d expect from a book with a title such as this.’
– The Sydney Morning Herald
In this collection of short stories and flash fiction, Patrick Lenton careens wildly across genres and draws on elements of surrealism, horror, fairytale, stand-up comedy and pulp fiction to generate tiny worlds that are surprising, original and frequently hilarious… the stories are propulsive and readable, buoyed by a sharp and generous wit. There are echoes of David Sedaris’ surreal animal fables Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. Like Sedaris, Lenton is hugely entertaining, which renders occasional moments of emotional tenderness all the more poignant.
– Bookseller + Publisher
‘Featuring a colourful assortment of superheroes, mutants, zombies, bank robbers and boy bands – these stories are wonderfully bizarre, original and hilarious. A new and original voice, Patrick Lenton’s short stories bring qualities rare in Australian fiction; inventiveness, humour, and a fine sense of the absurd.’ RYAN O’NEILL
‘I love Patrick’s stories because he seems to think a bit differently to everybody else. He strolls down the shoreline picking up seashells and gold coins and gemstones as well as bottle caps, discarded pantyhose, broken dreams and crisp packets and he makes them all play together in his wild sandcastle. Patrick is a bit like a child who knows way too much and also has a degree in poetics. Do not read this on the bus if you have a primal fear of laughing loudly in front of strangers.’
ZOE NORTON LODGE (Story Club, ABC TV’s The Checkout & The Media Circus)
A Man Made Entirely of Bats is a collection of short stories and flash fiction by one of Australia’s newest voices. Comedic and absurd, these stories are an entertaining exploration of the concept of super heroes and of the super strange in our world.
This is well written silliness. ‘Radiocative Jerk’ tells of a man bitten by a jerk who gains the exponential strength of ten jerks. ‘The Insomni-Yak’ tells of a man who can’t sleep and is visited by a well-meaning yak every night.
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