The Unnatural Order of Things | Critical Book Review

The Unnatural Order of Things by Rick M. Clausen catapults readers into a realm of vibrant, diverse, and adventurous parables, challenging the very essence of control over our destinies. With a multitude of genres skillfully interwoven into a cohesive collection, Clausen’s work beckons readers to ponder existential questions while navigating through time, each chapter a portal to an entirely new world.


The Whirlwind of Diverse Realms

Traversing the pages of this collection is akin to standing in the eye of a literary storm. Clausen artfully blends genres in chapters like “The Forty Miles of Bad Road,” “Fangio‚Äôs Pipe,” and “Tenement for a Sergeant,” saturating the narrative with suspense and horror. The intricacies of a plot involving endless desert groundhog days hold the reader captive, each story possessing enough substance to birth longer narratives, perhaps even novels or sequels. The characters’ allure persists, leaving readers yearning for more with every transition from one story world to another.


Enchantment in “The Story of Zeb”

“The Story of Zeb” stands out as a captivating tale, featuring a journalist, a water-walking man, and a fortuitous shoelace. While lacking the suspense of some stories, its mythical and epic tone elevates the overall mood, unfolding a narrative as clear as the sky. Clausen skillfully navigates the delicate balance between enchantment and simplicity, leaving a lasting impression.


Female Characters: A Missed Connection

Regrettably, the collection falls short in developing a profound connection with its female characters. In “The Way of the Wind,” the sole female protagonist lacks a compelling crusade, overshadowed by a focus on weed. Promising introductions of characters like the serpent and Dr. Lind ultimately fade into the background, denying them the chance to shine and leaving the collection with a gender disparity.


An Unexpected Thread: The Climactic Conclusion

The ending of The Unnatural Order of Things defies expectations, yet serves as the perfect thread that intricately stitches all the stories together. While a desire lingers for more depth and exploration, the lingering satisfaction and lasting impression upon completion make it clear that Clausen’s work is not easily forgotten. This collection is a journey that transcends conventional boundaries, leaving readers with a tapestry of intricate details that tease out a memorable conclusion.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Atmosphere PressSci-Fi & Fantasy/Short Stories186 pages9781639889099

The Unnatural Order of Things by Rick M. Clausen catapults readers into a realm of vibrant, diverse, and adventurous parables, challenging the very essence of control over our destinies. With a multitude of genres skillfully interwoven into a cohesive collection, Clausen’s work beckons readers to ponder existential questions while navigating through time, each chapter a…