We gave it a B+
Two-time Booker Prize finalist (”The Butcher Boy,” ”Breakfast on Pluto”) McCabe goes tabloid with these 10 stories based in the fictional burg of Barntrosna. A twisted anthology of adult fairy tales — complete with eccentrics, ogres, and fair maidens — Mondo Desperado (which is credited to the pseudonymous Phildy Hackball) careens from comic portraits of paranoia (”Hot Nights at the Go-Go Lounge”) and delusion (”My Friend Bruce Lee”) to fantastic sci-fi yarns (”The Valley of the Flying Jennets”) and pulpy, cracked morality tales (”The Forbidden Love of Noreen Tiernan”). Underlying it all is McCabe’s playfully jaundiced lampoon of small-town life on the Emerald Isle. Think Hunter S. Thompson meets Frank McCourt.