The Travelings of Rindle Dindle the Magic Dance Pony: A Novel I did Write in 15 Hours Consecutive (No Spellcheck): Book Review

October 12, 2016

The Travelings of Rindle Dindle the Magic Dance Pony: A Novel I Did Write in 15 Hours Consecutive (No Spellcheck) is a humorous collection of short stories written by Flula Borg.  Flula is best known as a German internet DJ, but he also appears on TV and in the film Pitch Perfect 2.  If you do not know who Flula is, I highly recommend that you visit his channel before reading this review.

img_0623Reading (or watching) Flula for the first time is not easily put into words.  I will compare the experience to riding a flying dinosaur on the way to the moon and eating tacos all at the same time. Flula’s passion for everything that he does is so contagious that you are easily swept away by his brain’s every whim.

The Travelings of Rindle Dindle the Magic Dance Pony: A Novel I Did Write in 15 Hours Consecutive (No Spellcheck) is an incredibly accurate title.  One of Flula’s greatest strengths as a performer and as a man is his delivery of confused English in such a powerful German accent that it immediately conjures images of dachshunds playing soccer (I mean fußball) wearing lederhosen.  Flula’s accent translates very well into a written format because of his decision to avoid using any kind of spellcheck or making edits.  I actually think it is a brilliant idea and hope that he continues to make many more novels in this same style.

Each chapter is essentially a separate short story, although there are some connections between them that crop up through the book.  Each is crazy in an awesome way because Flula writes in an almost stream of consciousness style so you never really know what will happen next.  One of my favorite chapters involves Spain giving couples counselling to Australia and Ireland.  Other chapters include “Cyborg Monkeys,” Yetis, “Wizard Dating,” and many other exciting topics.  Most stories are under ten pages in length, so it makes Rindle Dindle an excellent book to pick up and read in small intervals.

Flula is probably one of the funniest people (Germans and non-Germans) that I have ever encountered.  The book is tricky to find because it is only printed in limited numbers, but used copies may show up online if you search hard enough.   If cannot get your hands on a copy of his book then at least check out his YouTube channel.  Oh, and one more thing: DÄNCE!

Rating: 5/5

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