Tales From Little Lump – Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys
Gertie is having a really bad day. Granted, it is partially her fault—she really shouldn’t have shot down those alien spacecraft, but how was she supposed to know they’d leak at toxic gas at the crash site? And was it her fault that the gas just happened to reanimate the snow monkeys killed by the crash? Really it isn’t fair that the monkeys won’t stop trying to eat her and Cousin Tommy. It doesn’t matter where in Little Lump Gertie and Cousin Tommy bunker down, the monkeys stay in hot pursuit. The monkeys follow them to the Domino Hall, where the pair get evicted for cheating. The monkeys tail them to the old Lignite mines, where Gertie forces her way into the Smigglys’ bunker by faking a heart attack. What do those persistent monkeys want? How can Gertie and Cousin Tommy rid Little Lump of the monkey menace?
Gertie is an entertaining narrator. A Texan lady of a certain age, Gertie has faith in her gun collection, including her holy rocket launcher, to keep her safe from any menace. If only she’d stocked up on more ammo. She’s sassy, bossy, undeterred by obstacles, and a hilarious commentator on the strange happenings in Little Lump. This short novel is the second in the series, Tales from Little Lump, and picks up immediately after the events in the first installment, Alien Season. It won’t be winning any literary awards, but it is diverting and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. I particularly enjoyed the scene in the Domino Hall where, “if you don’t play, you don’t stay.” Nothing deters the old timers from their game, not even the repeated entreaties for help outside the door or the undead snow monkeys ripping out the air conditioner. If you’re looking for fun escape from a humdrum day, Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys is the book for you.