Welcome to the final installment of this read along! Unidentified Funny Objects is a collection of short stories, all science fiction or fantasy, that are ridiculous, punny, humorous, and sometimes just plain silly. Back in February or March, I brought you an interview with the editor of Unidentified Funny Objects, Alex Shvartman. He’s pretty fascinating to read about, so check that out if you get a chance. There is also the read-at-your-own-pace read along going on on Goodreads for this book. Obviously, I got a little sidetracked with life, but now I am back into this book and plan to finish it out with regular read along updates. Alex Shvartman also has some free short stories of this same ilk up on the UFO website. I have included links to the authors’ websites when I could easily find them.
All I Want for Christmas by Siobhan Gallagher
Abby spends quality time negotiating with Santa about what weapon is suitable for a little kid – katana or nunchucks? There were also zombies. This was funny and clever.
The Velveteen Golem by David Sklar
The village of Plodnik needs a protector from the cossacks. Moishe is a tailor, circumcizer, and wedding performer. Oddly, I can see how those three professions are connected. He is tasked with making a velveteen rabbit from scraps. I had fun with this story, though there were a few breaks from the main story line that would break my stride and then I would have to work to get back into the tale.
The Working Stiff by Matt Mikalatos
Isaac Van Helsing is a vampire who hunts vampire hunters. Richard is his thrall. He is hired by Mayor Rigby. It was clever.
The Worm’s Eye View by Jody Lynn Nye
Sergent Detective Dana Malone and Salosian worm K’t’ank are looking into a murder of a worm host at a science conference. This was a very fun tale.
The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty by Charity Tahmaseb
There are three princesses. One was given a spindle for her birthday. As you might guess, there is a sleep enchantment involved. This one had me chuckling to myself – funny!
El and Al vs. Himmler’s Horrendous Horde from Hell by Mike Resnick
Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt fight Himmler and 13 super Aryans summoned from Hell. They are each 10 feet tall and dressed in kilts (anyone else wondering if they go commando?). 12 are named Heinrich and 1 is named Adolf. Big El (Eleanor) gets a warrior princess outfit complete with sword. Himmler and Einstein are sorcerers in this tale. It was fun even if a little corny.