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These eleven stories continue the adventures of Silas Ermineskin and his sidekick Frank Fencepost, as Kinsella returns to the Cree Indian reserve in Hobbema, Alberta, where his cast of zany characters, last seen in The Fencepost Chronicles and The Miss Hobbema Pageant, is at its wry best. Here Frank Fencepost, true to form as a fast-talking con artist, outwits the Alberta S These eleven stories continue the adventures of Silas Ermineskin and his sidekick Frank Fencepost, as Kinsella returns to the Cree Indian reserve in Hobbema, Alberta, where his cast of zany characters, last seen in The Fencepost Chronicles and The Miss Hobbema Pageant, is at its wry best. Here Frank Fencepost, true to form as a fast-talking con artist, outwits the Alberta Supreme Court in a hilarious cattle-insemination case in "Bull." In the title story he becomes an evangelizing Robin Hood, turning the government-sponsored K-U-G-H radio show into a scheme to use listeners' donations to fund listeners' wishes (and incidentally line his pockets), and in "Miracle on Manitoba Street" he visits a Montana reserve where he carves a picture of the Virgin Mary on a derelict Frigidaire and convinces the local medicine woman it's a miracle—one worthy of an admission charge. Not all the stories are humorous: "Dream Catcher" grapples with sexual violence when Silas's twelve-year-old sister is assaulted and Mad Etta, the community's four-hundred-pound medicine woman, provides a nightmare "cure" for the would-be rapist; "Ice Man" depicts gender discrimination, as Jason Twelve Trees fights to participate in a cooking competition despite his father's wish for him to become a mechanic; and "The Rain Birds" shows the consequences of the government's computer-driven corporate farms riding roughshod over the human and natural environment in western Canada.


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These eleven stories continue the adventures of Silas Ermineskin and his sidekick Frank Fencepost, as Kinsella returns to the Cree Indian reserve in Hobbema, Alberta, where his cast of zany characters, last seen in The Fencepost Chronicles and The Miss Hobbema Pageant, is at its wry best. Here Frank Fencepost, true to form as a fast-talking con artist, outwits the Alberta S These eleven stories continue the adventures of Silas Ermineskin and his sidekick Frank Fencepost, as Kinsella returns to the Cree Indian reserve in Hobbema, Alberta, where his cast of zany characters, last seen in The Fencepost Chronicles and The Miss Hobbema Pageant, is at its wry best. Here Frank Fencepost, true to form as a fast-talking con artist, outwits the Alberta Supreme Court in a hilarious cattle-insemination case in "Bull." In the title story he becomes an evangelizing Robin Hood, turning the government-sponsored K-U-G-H radio show into a scheme to use listeners' donations to fund listeners' wishes (and incidentally line his pockets), and in "Miracle on Manitoba Street" he visits a Montana reserve where he carves a picture of the Virgin Mary on a derelict Frigidaire and convinces the local medicine woman it's a miracle—one worthy of an admission charge. Not all the stories are humorous: "Dream Catcher" grapples with sexual violence when Silas's twelve-year-old sister is assaulted and Mad Etta, the community's four-hundred-pound medicine woman, provides a nightmare "cure" for the would-be rapist; "Ice Man" depicts gender discrimination, as Jason Twelve Trees fights to participate in a cooking competition despite his father's wish for him to become a mechanic; and "The Rain Birds" shows the consequences of the government's computer-driven corporate farms riding roughshod over the human and natural environment in western Canada.

30 review for Brother Frank's Gospel Hour: Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Some of the stories are cute and charming -- I really enjoyed Ice Man, in particular, or the one about the Virgin Mary in the doorway -- others are weird or incomprehensible. One of the stories is a take on Rashomon, but it doesn't really add anything interesting to the original tale, and ends up being a bit of a plod. Part of me thinks I may have gotten more insight had I read any of the prequels (in that there's often this expectation that the reader knows something about each one of the narra Some of the stories are cute and charming -- I really enjoyed Ice Man, in particular, or the one about the Virgin Mary in the doorway -- others are weird or incomprehensible. One of the stories is a take on Rashomon, but it doesn't really add anything interesting to the original tale, and ends up being a bit of a plod. Part of me thinks I may have gotten more insight had I read any of the prequels (in that there's often this expectation that the reader knows something about each one of the narrator Silas's friends before they're introduced in a particular story), but seeing as all the stories are all standalone, I don't know if it would've mattered. I also found Silas's "voice" inconsistent -- Mr. Kinsella kept switching between good grammar and dialect with him, and initially he seemed like a bit of a rube, but other times he stresses he's a good writer and he seemed smarter than his peers, so it was hard to get a handle on his character as anything more than a functional observer. That being said, this is a quick, easy read, and the stories are fairly short, so it's ideal if you're the type of reader who only has ten minutes here or there to absorb anything.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve Duong

    Very funny bite size stories to enjoy on the road. I found myself habitually picking this book up whenever I see it on my table desk everyday for the past week. The stories aren't strenuous reads and you can enjoy them in small portions. They are heartwarming stories and Kinsella's writing makes reading these stories feel unearthly natural. All the stories were good but I'd have to say Conflicting Statements was probably my favorite and the one with the talking cat was my least favorite, it was Very funny bite size stories to enjoy on the road. I found myself habitually picking this book up whenever I see it on my table desk everyday for the past week. The stories aren't strenuous reads and you can enjoy them in small portions. They are heartwarming stories and Kinsella's writing makes reading these stories feel unearthly natural. All the stories were good but I'd have to say Conflicting Statements was probably my favorite and the one with the talking cat was my least favorite, it was a bit too "magical fantasy land" for me :\ One thing I didn't like about the story was the lack of reoccurring characters. Besides the lovely Mad Etta, Officer Greer, and Frank you won't really get to see the funny fictional characters that Kinsella cobbles in his stories make a second comeback. It's a shame considering many of his characters are so well established that to loose them before you get to really know them is quite a loss.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Silas Ermineskin and Frank Fencepost are at it again; getting in and out of trouble; keeping us laughing the whole time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tashi

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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    Jean

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

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    Steph Cherry

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    Jess

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dan Jackman

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Long

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dwreads

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shane

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bess Hamilton

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Roth

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    Jeff Toews

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    Pierre Van Gogh

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erik Miller

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    dollum

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary

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    Dan Cotter

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    Tim

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Tybor

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Jacobs

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brianne Kane

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