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Bob’s Pest Control
Bob’s Pest Control is the latest short story from author Ryan Hyatt. You may recognize that name, as he is a repeat author in my blog, as I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy his stories. Needless to say when I found out about Bob’s Pest Control, I had to give it a read!
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About Bob’s Pest Control
He’s your worst ’80s fad!
American Psycho meets Ghostbusters
Bob Share wants what any person living in the big city wants: affordable housing, clean air, less traffic, and a Voltron toy set he can play with after work. When the self-taught genetic engineer plots to restore his hometown of Los Angeles to the rad place it was back in the 1980s, when he was growing up, his plan is met with unexpected resistance.
Thoughts on Bob’s Pest Control
“Luckily my computer is intact. I plop into the office chair and brush chunks of puke and bloody, coagulating paperwork off my desk.”Ryan Hyatt, Bob’s Pest Control
In this short story, we meet Bob, the exterminator. Bob will rid you of both your cockroaches and (for an extra charge) your annoying neighbors, mean bosses, and anyone else who happens to make life even moderately unbearable for you. It’ll just cost you. But morality is certainly not an issue for exterminator Bob.
Bob wants to return Los Angeles to what it was back in the 80s. The good old days. That is Bob’s dream. But Bob’s plan fails. Nothing goes according to the plan. The results are both horrific and hilarious. I found myself envisioning this all happening and laughing out loud.
When I say short story, it really is short, at a whopping thirty seven pages. What I’m amazed by is how much information, descriptions, horror, and hilarious mishaps that Ryan Hyatt squeezed into those few pages. I’ve seen authors who can’t achieve this much in four hundred pages.
I’m never completely sure what to expect when I pick up anything that Ryan Hyatt has written. I haven’t decided if that is either good or bad yet. But what I do know is I’m always in for an interesting and entertaining ride through his stories. Bob’s Pest Control was certainly no exception.
When it comes to short stories, I find it difficult to articulate why you should read it, or even quote it, without giving everything away. I will just tell you that this is a story you need to read if you enjoy horror, comedy, science fiction, or any other Ryan Hyatt stories. Even if you’ve never heard of Ryan Hyatt, you really can’t go wrong with trying out a short story from him.
Final Thoughts on Bob’s Pest Control
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you probably already know that The Death of Rock and Roll is my favorite Ryan Hyatt novel. However, Bob’s Pest Control is a close contender for that title and in second place on my personal favorites list.
I highly recommend you read it. You won’t be disappointed!
Have you read Bob’s Pest Control or any other writing from author Ryan Hyatt? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Ryan Hyatt attributes his passion for writing to an adventurous upbringing and active imagination. He was born in Tucson in 1976. Ryan and his two younger sisters spent childhood living in communities throughout Arizona and California.
He returned to his hometown to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1999. Working as an editor for a defunct horse trade magazine, and then as an auto liability investigator, Ryan sold his car to move to Barcelona, Spain in October 2002, fed up with corporate life.
His experiences culminated in “Friends of the Night,” an unpublished memoir written at age 25. Failing to find a job in Spain, he returned to the United States four months later destitute and despondent because his foreign conquest didn’t last.
Ryan spent the remainder of his twenties moving back and forth between Phoenix and Los Angeles working as a journalist. It was in the throes of his love/hate relationship with conservatism and liberalism, the United States and Europe, Arizona and California, music and monotony, his friends and himself, that Ryan wrote his debut novel. This second edition was reprinted in 2016.
Ryan Hyatt tells stories about your future. He is a former news reporter, columnist, and author of the Terrafide sci-fi series. He edits the satirical sci-fi news site, The La-La Lander, as well as Not Your Father’s Bedtime Stories, kids lit he creates with his daughter, author Sage Hyatt. Find him at the beach and his stories across the internet.
Ryan holds a master’s degree in education from California State University Northridge and develops and manages literacy programs for Los Angeles schools.
Purchasing Bob’s Pest Control
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More From Ryan Hyatt
Did you enjoy my review of Bob’s Pest Control? Need another great Ryan Hyatt story? Here are my favorites!
The Last Shimmer (Sage Hyatt)
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