One of the things I love about taking review requests is reading books you wouldn’t ordinarily pick up. Lunch with the Alien by Greg Roensch was definitely one of those for me. This book is described as a “a collection of quirky, bite-size tales” and that is a very accurate description. The stories are flash-fiction sized and run the gamut of genres from sci-fi to sports to heists to historical fiction to the jealousies of water bottles in the refrigerator.

The writing is snappy and clear, and I definitely enjoyed some of the stories like “It’s the Water” and “Transformation”, while others seemed to read more like vignettes without the satisfying conclusion of a story I was looking for. And while the stories didn’t have any connection to each other in the way of genre or plotline, I did like that I really had no idea what was coming next, and I found it a quick, interesting read. I’d recommend to fans of flash fiction who are looking for something out of the ordinary in a variety of genres.

Thanks so much to the author for the free copy in exchange for an honest review. 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ½

And after having lunch with the alien, I now find myself wondering about the relationship dynamics between my bottled water and my almond milk.

Thanks for reading!