Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories
By Frank Mundo
Publisher: Lunatick Trading Company
Page number: 114
Genre: Adult, collection of short stories
Dates read: January 12th – 14th, 2018
Summary: Twelve interconnected short stories about the life of J.T. Glass, a Los Angeles security guard with an uncanny knack for finding trouble and falling in love–often at the same time.
In many of the stories, J.T. is challenged with moral decisions that walk the fine line between humor and tragedy. Some of the stories address J.T.’s childhood, while others deal with his utter misunderstanding of women and his relationships with them.
This special edition also includes the first chapter of The Brubury Tales, where the story of J.T. Glass continues in this adaptation of Chaucer’s classic Canterbury Tales set in Los Angeles just after the 1992 riots.
*Stories contain violence, adult language, and adult situations.
“Are you a police man?” she asked instead.
“No,” I told her. “I’m a security guard.”
“What’s that?” she wondered, making clucking noises with her tongue. She had little chewed up clumps of white bread stuck in her teeth.
“It’s like a policeman,” I said. “But without the money, power, or respect.”
Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and other stories by Frank Mundo is a collection of short stories that give insight to various stages in the life of a man named J.T. Glass. J.T. is a security guard with a sharp tongue, wild imagination, a wicked and sometimes dark sense of humor and has an interesting way of looking at life.
There are tweleve parts to this book (one is of bonus material) and each one tells us a different story. Whether J.T. is showing us moments that’s he’s currently living through or ones he’s reflecting back on, we get to watch him as he stumbles through life trying to make sense of it all. We get to journey with him as he experiences and reminisces on certain parts of his life and lays bare some of his most personal, yet memorable moments.
I loved how the author weaved between light and funny to dark and tragic (and everything in between) so fluidly; Frank Mundo touches on a wide range of emotions through these tales. There are a ton of funny parts that made me laugh out loud, and there are some parts that I found shocking and sad. This author really knows how to tell an engaging story and his writing style and characters’ personalities will really draw you in. There were a few parts that dragged a bit for me, and few “funny” parts that I found cheesy but I did enjoy this read.
Overall, this book is a really interesting collection of stories told from different times (and perspectives) of J.T. Glass’ life. We get to see him grow from a child to an adult as he matures and changes with each thing he experiences within these stories. I do feel I should put a trigger warning though: this is geared toward adult readers and there are some scenes that involve heavy and disturbing topics such as the mention of rape, suicide, death and more. So please read with caution if you think you will be bothered by that.
**** Thank you to Booktasters for introducing me to this author, and thank you to Frank Mundo for giving me the opportunity to read and review his work. ****