Calder's Last Gasp
by Kirk Alex
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Pub Date 30 May 2023 | Archive Date 21 Nov 2023
Birdman of Tucson
Too often (professionally-written) back cover blurbs are annoyingly deceptive. The peeps who are paid to compose these bait & switch “gems” (that’s exactly what they are), have no qualms about offending the potential reader’s intelligence (so long as said blurb sells books). You won’t find that here. Boiled down, this is what the tale entails.
Calder, a middle-aged man living by himself, gives his new tv set away (to break free of his addiction to it). In an effort to fill the void in his humble digs he decides to pick up a parrot at the local pet store. Instead of the bonding that he was receptive to and expected to take place, his life is turned into a certified nightmare.
Following a month’s worth of assaults by this evil freaking “lovebird,” he takes it back to the shop, but then inexplicably risks life and limb to recover it.
Will he or won’t he? And should he get it back, will the protagonist find himself emitting his last gasp as a result? The heartbreaking denouement awaits between the covers.
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A gripping and unconventional tale that delves deep into the complexities of human-animal relationships. The story revolves around Calder, a man who decides to break free from his addiction to television by adopting a parrot. What follows is a rollercoaster of emotions as Calder's life takes a dark and unexpected turn due to his feisty "lovebird."
The author masterfully explores the theme of obsession and the blurred lines between human and animal behavior. The tension in the narrative keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the unexpected twists will leave you pondering the nature of love and connection.
Hold onto your feathers, folks, because Calder's Last Gasp is one wild and wacky ride! This ain't your typical pet story, let me tell ya. Calder, our fearless hero, decides to kick his TV addiction to the curb and brings home a parrot instead. But who knew this little "lovebird" would turn his life into a total circus?
I mean, this parrot ain't no Polly wanna cracker kinda bird. It's more like Polly wanna chaos! Calder goes through a month of parrot-induced mayhem, and you won't believe the crazy stuff that happens. But here's the kicker – he actually goes back to rescue this feathered nightmare. Will he survive the birdpocalypse? That's the million-dollar question. Calder's Last Gasp is a jaw-dropping, mind-bending adventure that'll keep you squawking for more. Get ready for a reading experience like no other!