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Sto’s House Presents: Beer With a Mutant Chaser by KT Pinto

Sto's House Presents:  Beer with a Mutant ChaserReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

“It’s beginning to look a lot like mutants…” Wha-wha what? Change a Christmas classic’s words for the sake of writing a book review? Who would stoop to an all-time low like that? Why, I would, that’s who. But you have to admit that mutants are pretty cool to read about no matter what the time of year is. The mutants of Sto’s House, a meeting place for the myriad multitude of Staten Island, are especially interesting to read about, thanks to the humorous writing style that is K.T. Pinto’s trademark. Pinto makes the mutants she writes about come alive for the reader, and, after all, isn’t that what the Christmas spirit is all about?

What is the cause for the hundreds of thousands of mutants who make the borough of New york City known as Staten Island their home? Could the culprit possibly be: “a garbage dump so large that it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records”? At least, the supposedly safe Staten Island landfill is definitely Culprit Number One with a bullet for the first-person narrator of Beer With A Mutant Chaser, the “Changer (a person who changes into a mutant)” Diana.

Diana is not noticeably a mutant on the surface; she doesn’t have extra pairs of arms, legs, or eyes like many mutants do; but, she has amazing powers of telekinesis and can detect whenever a mutant in the vicinity is attempting to use his/her powers. She can even make a car operate by using her mind–talk about “Going Green.” But, she also has an amazing talent for ticking off other mutants without even really trying to, resulting in her being chased throughout a store while shopping for a beanbag love seat by a decidedly un-angelic woman named Angel, who “had six hairy arms and two extra pairs of eyes.”