song between her legs book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

An interesting collection of short stories, The Song Between Her Legs is like the ramblings of a creative genius with ADHD and no filter. It’s truly an ongoing train of thought about the realities of life and experiences. Manion is refreshing, honest, making you snort-giggle here and raise your eyebrows there. He is unapologetic about the human experience and as the sixth published collection, if you’ve enjoyed his past work, you’re sure to love his latest.

I have very mixed feelings about The Song Between Her Legs. I love the bluntness and the fact that the writing gives you the impression that Manion just writes whatever pops into his head. Honestly though, I eventually got a bit exhausted trying to keep up. It just runs on and on and on even though each story is actually quite abrupt. I would technically classify these stories as flash fiction rather than short stories, but I suppose that’s up to you to decide.

I also can’t decide if I’m impressed or annoyed that the majority of stories within these pages were originally published somewhere else. If you’re a long-time fan looking for a collected works with a few new surprises, this is definitely the book for you. If you’re new and wondering if Lance Manion is for you, I would suggest checking out a few of his published pieces individually before making this purchase.

Some of the weirdest stories involved a mutated bunny he called bugs, with legs in the wrong places and another about a ghost girl who may or may not have stolen a young college boy’s virginity, except probably not because she was a ghost. Other stories were simply random like one about a young boy hating Superman because of the first racist joke he ever heard. Others still were just honest thoughts about young boys and the beginnings of testosterone based thinking. Overall, I enjoyed The Song Between Her Legs, but it’s definitely a book I’d leave on the coffee table for the random spare moments here and there.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lance Manion. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.