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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Short Story Review: Flidderbugs

Flidderbugs by Jonathan Gould

Source:  eBook provided by the author for review

As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow ‘bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined.

Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
This story wasn't really to my taste, as I'm not a big fan of allegories. On the surface, it's a story of how bugs on two sides of the same tree see things differently. They are so caught up in defending their "truth" that they miss seeing the big picture, which may threaten them all.

Kriffle is the main character, who has been groomed by his father to be the next leader of his tribe. Young and idealistic, he dares to think outside of the box. When no one will listen to him, he goes to the experts. Surprisingly, they are not helpful and are focused on their own particular "truths".

I felt that the moral of the story was a little too heavy-handed and didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Doodling. It might be because I'm not a big fan of stories about animals/bugs, disguised as morality lessons. Check out the reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, as other readers enjoyed it more than I did.


  1. I applaud you on your honesty AND for pointing out the reasons it didn't work for you. It's like the old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure"...or in this case, one person's not-so-favorite read can be another's favorite for the very same reasons. Better luck on your next read, thanks for sharing!

    1. True, as we all seem to have different tastes in reading. Good thing too, or the blogosphere would get pretty boring pretty quick!

  2. Sorry it wasn't your kind of read. :) But glad to see you gave it a go, and mention it. :) Thanks for the honest review.

  3. Why bugs I wonder? I appreciate what this author is trying to do but I'm not sure if this is one which I would be able to enjoy. I'd probably get too involved in the life of the bugs and not understand what the other message is.

    1. Think it could be read on different levels, but I'm not much for kid's stories so was probably the wrong audience.


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