Book Review – Donations to Clarity
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Author: Noah Baird
Format: Kindle, Paperback
While debating the weight of a human ‘turd’, long time friends Earl and Harry enter into yet another inane discussion that is usually associated with their accompanying alcoholic intake. But genius, at least in their eyes, strikes and with the aid of a internet order Chewbacca costume their Bigfoot touring company is born. Unfortunately, neither realize that the real chain-smoking Bigfoot has been looking for mate and this new, cute, neat, clean little She Bigfoot seems like a great target for his affections. Suddenly, our country bumpkins find they’ve attracted not just a real Bigfoot but the local authorities as well as a shadow agency responsible for protecting a variety of secrecies from the general populace.
Noah Baird’s “Donations to Clarity” is a hysterical ‘Hee Haw’ meets ‘Men in Black’ meets ‘Bigfoot’ meets ‘Elvis’ mashup. I have to say I cannot remember the last time I literally laughed out loud while reading a book. My oldest son actually asked if there was something wrong with me as a kept chuckling to myself. Baird’s characterizations are over-the-top caricatures but that is what makes them so funny. My favorite is Bigfoot. Honestly, these sections of the book are incredibly funny though they will likely appeal more to male readers.
My hesitation in rating this book higher is due to the initial opening three to four chapters. Each introduces a different set of characters, and as a reader I was a little uncertain where it was all going. But once the theme around Bigfoot takes hold, things tighten up and the novel picks up a great bit of steam. So stick through the first four or five chapters if you are a little confused, the payoff if great.
“Donations to Clarity” (which as a title really has nothing to do with the story other than a play on words) is $4.99 on Kindle.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.