Victory Over the Garden by David Perlmutter


Victory Over the Garden by David Perlmutter
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (13 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

The Firebird Scouts of Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan. Somehow or another, they’ve managed to survive an attack from a werewolf in their last adventure, as well as each other’s competing personalities.

But this time, when they have to overcome a garden that literally takes on a life of its own, can they put their differences aside, again, to overcome it? Or will it eat them before they can eat it?

The Firebird Scouts of Wayne County decide this year to try really hard and win the team award that is held annual between all the scouts in the local area. The Firebird scouts leader, Izzy, decides they’re going to build a victory garden. The concept is based on the World War II victory gardens, where citizens would set aside certain sections of their gardens to grow crops to send over to the veterans to assist their victory. Lenny and Carl let themselves get talked into buying some seeds from a stranger, and that’s where their good intentions all start to fall apart. For while the seeds are for vegetables, they’re not “normal” crops at all.

This is a fun and quirky non-romance story. While there are mentions of werewolves and other magical/alternate world type things, it’s the magical vegetables that really steal the show. I found it a bit jarring to read of girl scouts swearing like troopers and hurling insults at each other like sailors – but if taken lightly and looked on in a humorous manner this short story is really funny. Unlike anything I’ve read before, it makes me curious whether this was a type of experimental form of writing for Mr Perlmutter or whether there are other works of his along a similar vein.

Utterly unique and quite funny, this is a great short story.


  1. Thanks for the great review! In fact, the Firebird Scouts first appeared in David Perlmutter’s short story MOTOR CITY WOLF, and there are more outings to come!

    Jay Hartman
    Untreed Reads Publishing

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