Submitter: We are conducting a pretty thorough weeding of our adult fiction at our public library to make room for a new graphic novel section, and I found this short story collection as I made my way through the Rs. I have no idea how this “jewel” of a book survived in our collection until now.
The stories in this book are all quite bizarre, and I was disappointed to discover the jello mold on the cover does not actually appear in any of the stories themselves. The eponymous story involved a trip to a Sanrio store (apparently Satan likes Hello Kitty) and a dim sum dinner.
Holly: This story collection has the subject headings “humorous stories” and “popular culture.” Maybe it’s like a Christopher Moore type of read? Just guessing – I haven’t read the submitted title. I don’t know about anyone else’s public library, but I can name at least three patrons who would go for bizarre short stories like these. Publishers Weekly liked it too. Here’s a perfect example of “your mileage may vary.” Assuming submitter knows their community and their readers and their collection philosophy, this might certainly be an “awful library book” at their library! If nothing else, it’s funny, and sometimes we’re just after a laugh around here.