Short Bites: Special

I went to Bakka Phoenix Books last week and picked up Don Bassingthwaite’s Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight, which caught my eye because of the blurb on the shelf:

It’s hard to be the funniest book in a shop filled with Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett and Connie Willis but Toronto’s own Don Bassingthwaite has debuted in the Top 5 with Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight! Campy supernatural fun with a killer joke on every page and the most loveable Jewish drag queen werewolf you’ll ever meet. So join Derby Cavendish in saving Church Street and saving the world!

SD, Bakka Phoenix Books

I’m halfway through the collection, and I have to say that it is quite the refreshing read. All of the stories are about Derby Cavendish saving the day (or the world, even), but it’s a different kind of mess and holiday for each story. I particularly took a liking to “Special,” which actually includes the “loveable Jewish drag queen werewolf” mentioned on the blurb.

Apparently, the world is especially vulnerable to dangerous beings on holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, etc. “Special” takes place during Pride, which Derby Cavendish notes does not fall on key dates of supernatural power, and one of Derby’s dearest friends will be playing the Saturday Night Special—exciting!!! I liked the story because it’s all about not letting anyone, not even the evil forces who will take every opportunity to wreak havoc in everyone’s lives, take away your moment, your time to shine. There’s no point in playing the victim, and you find yourself cheering on the underdogs as they fight back.

After having read a few stories in the collection, I’ve decided that I love Derby Cavendish. I love his attitude and humor, and I am definitely enjoying my first taste of Canadian literature.

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