Writing about Reading: Dead Pig Collector

July 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

deadpigMister Sun measures time in seconds and disposes of bodies for a living. When he travels from London to LA for a job that goes a bit wrong, he’s forced to change his meticulous plans.

Dead Pig Collector is dark and funny and grisly and not for the squeamish. Warren Ellis goes into a fair amount of detail about how bodies are professionally disposed of, to the point where you begin to wonder how he knows this stuff. (He says he found out in five hours of research on the Internet, and I’m sure that’s true, but I hope never to get on his shit list, nonetheless.)

The only criticism I have about the story (it’s a Kindle Single, by the way) is that I wasn’t clear about what the ending meant. I look forward to discussing it with my friends after they read it.

All in all, it is well worth the buck. Ellis packs some absolutely fantastic writing in such a small space, and has a brilliant way of making the absurd seem mundane and absolutely believeable. Give it a read.

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