Humor, Humor, Everywhere

If asked, R. Scott Murphy would describe his collection titled Fun Stories Greatest Hits as fitting in the following genres: Humor and Entertainment, Parenting and Family Humor, Happiness, Romantic Comedy, Feel Good Essays, Parodies, and Word Play & Satire. The description covers a lot of territories, but Murphy uses forty stories to do it. The humor is self-deprecating, but also inclusive as Murphy posits the existence of communities such as Fun Stories Nation and MentalKickBall which include the readers and the author as the combination attempts to make sense of the ridiculousness we see around us every day.

Three Short Satires

These three short stories were sent to me by an independent publishing house promoting their writers. For the next week or so these three stories (there are others, but I was not attracted to their genres) sell on Amazon for USD 0.99 and are supposed to rise to USD 2.99 thereafter. I like stories such as these for my students of English as a second language. I must read everything I recommend making sure I don’t damage cultural sensitivities.

The blurb accompanying SYNCO™ by J.R. Kruze is this mouthful of run-together words: Short Fiction Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy. That could be two genres or four.

Per the title, the world is in sync, it is a peaceful place, maintained and monitored by social media. The largest social media concerns had merged to form SYNCO™. The idea was that everybody had signed the Terms of Use documents without reading them and in doing so had given up all rights to privacy. Then the organization had begun to homogenize language by defining and eliminating anti-social sentiments. What was left was social doctrine.

School Daze

This publication (I don’t know what else to call it) is a collection of excerpts describing how teachers might write descriptions of student conduct and behavior if they could write what they really thought. This is not a novel, the excerpts segue into each other, but the connections are well concealed and impossible to appreciate unless the entire short collection is read. Connections will become apparent on reflection. There is no plot, the characters, the described students do not participate. There is no conclusion or climactic moral announcement. The collection is hilarious.