Difficult task, to say what I think of this book.
Objectively, it is not bad. Not great, but definitely not bad.
But somehow it left a sore taste in my mouth. Not the sore taste you get when you read a well-written, involving bitter story - although the stories here are indeed bitter.
It is just that... it is difficult to get into Owen King's narration.
Whereas the novella that gives the title to the collection is purposefully pointless (after all it does tell the story of a 15-year-old who seems to have no steady points of reference in his life), the short stories seem... wobbly. "Snake", for instance, is OK. Not amazing but OK. But "My Second Wife" is a bit too oddball to allow the reader to "get into it". "Wonders", the baseball-related one, is quite good until the final, disappointing twist, and "Frozen Animals" seems kinda pointless...
Still, Owen King's style is great, with just the right amount of details to allow the reader to understand exactly what he means but without spoon-feeding ready-made images...
Would I advise a friend to read this?
Probably I would. As long as my friend doesn't expect adventure and amazement.