The Bull is still dealing with attitudes and confinement. Bessie is showing signs of isolation trauma, snapping at the poor Bull as he tries to work and deal with important business. It’s gotten to the point that this barn ain’t big enough for two bovines. A bull can’t concentrate in this drama, never mind try to write the Great American review.
Speaking of Great American things, we are checking out “The Unfinished Novels of Mandrake Fluke”. This is an artist writing about art story. The body of this cap is an exchange of letters between the publishing house and the author regarding publication of a pulp science fiction novel which escalates unexpectedly. The author’s temperamental nature adds a level of absurdity to this cap. And overall, it’s pretty funny.
It was a fun read, and the excerpts from the novel in question were spot on for the genre in question.
So yes, send this to the Monkey. He needs to peruse this. Even if it doesn’t make his cut, it should tickle him. Heh, tickle the monkey.
I'm not passive aggressive. Unlike some people I know.
I would apologize that this took me a couple of weeks to get around to reviewing, but instead I'm going to blame the submitter for sending it two weeks early. So there. The protag in this epistolary cap is a poster child for passive aggressivity, and clearly it's catching.
The greatest thing this cap has going for it is that it's funny. Not in a laugh-out-loud kind of way, but in a slightly too clever for its own good, sharp-breath-out-through-your-nose kind of way. (Despite containing words like splendiferroneously.) Ultimately, the humour is endearing, and backed up by mostly strong characterisations.
Its weakest point is: there are a couple of places where this violated the show-don't-tell principle in a slightly grating way by giving us prolix letters about the action rather than the action. A pitfall of the format. Nevertheless, in my mind, a funny and well written cap such as this deserves elevation.
So, "yes" from me. Let's see, indeed, if it vellicates the monkey.
A couple of minor grammar errors eg:
Laughlin’s “The Crab-Men of Delta Centauri.” is just a pulp novel