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Critique [Kindle Edition]

Daniel I. Russell
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Sandy Devanche considers himself to be a five star gentleman, although he never gives more than three.

As the harshest food critic in the business, he is feared and respected by the top chefs of the city. On a standard assignment, Sandy visits the experimental restaurant The House of Jacob, run by chef extraordinaire, Jacob Enfer.

What Sandy will experience is a journey beyond flavour and texture, a meal that will change his very existence. The worst thing about the food here is the person eating it.

Critique. It's here to make your life better… or much, much worse.

About the Author

Daniel I. Russell has been featured publications such as The Zombie Feed from Apex, Pseudopod and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #43. He was nominated for two Tin Duck Awards in 2011 for best novel (Samhane, from Stygian Publications) and best short story. Author of Come Into Darkness, Critique and The Collector, Daniel is also the current vice-president of the Australian Horror Writers' Association and special guest editor of Midnight Echo.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615680453
  • Publisher: Dark Continents Publishing (1 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SBRAYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #558,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 24 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this. I have no idea why i chose it, but it was well worth the time/money.

I don't want to say too much about the story line as its best left for your gradual discovery/enjoyment, as this is how i encountered the book and it didn't dissappoint.

The start of book really threw me and i almost quit reading as it was strangely written. It starts with a man telling a story (which was the writing style i didn't enjoy too much) But the story being told itself was an interesting and intriguing read.

How i would describe this book; Unusual, unique, well written and thought provoking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 15 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Critique by Daniel I. Russel is the latest book I have read from Dark Continents Publishing. I have come to expect good things from that small press, and Critique doesn't disappoint. It is a story of redemption, although perhaps not the kind that most people would want. It starts out with a man, recently released from prison, who is continuing down the wrong path in life. He makes a stop at a diner and is treated to a rather interesting story from another character that will make most readers reconsider having dinner.
This is the first thing I have read by Russel, but it won't be the last. He has an enjoyable writing style that drew me right into the story from the beginning. It is a book that took me down a path that I wasn't quite expecting based on the beginning. Good read on an empty stomach and recommended for horror lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 14 Mar 2012
By David
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No spoilers - a story of an unsatisfied food critic with major personal issues who is brought low by his corrosive addiction to chef Enfer's food. A dark tale of nihilistic redemption.

I absolutely love this book! Well done to Daniel I Russell for an excellent story, unmarred by the usual spelling and grammatical mistakes so common in lots of the ebooks. His writing is evocative and pulls no punches in its delivery. He rolls the seven deadly sins into one all encompassing and consuming 'SIN.'

Really, really powerful writing that will disgust, amuse and horrify you. A little like the Tales of the Unexpected series but violently brought up to date. I shall definitely be buying anything else that Mr Russell has written on the strength of this book alone.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Critique 22 Jan 2012
By A. Christian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my first introduction to Daniel Russell's work, and I've been pleasantly surprised by the multi-layered, riveting novella that is "Critique." The story of a selfish, egotistical food critic forced to confront himself through the efforts of an intimidating, otherworldy Chef is reminiscent of a Clive Barker novel, most notably The Hellbound Heart. Fast paced, fun, disturbing. The idea of using food as a medium is a compelling one, and I look forward to reading more from Mr. Russell soon.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagery overload... 4 Mar 2012
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Sane, cocky, and meticulous personality traits turn into insane, groveling, and obsessive-compulsive behavior within a few pheromone-laced mouthfuls at the House of Jacob. The novella was very well written with twisted meals that at some points made me shut my eyes to get the visual imagery to stop. The descriptive wording even pushed my olfactory sense into overdrive while reading. Though my senses were on high alert while reading CRITIQUE, I still felt a lacking sense of character connection. As if being inside a bubble and watching a horror film unfold around me, I could not fully connect with any of the characters emotionally...as if there was a continuous shield between us.

Daniel Russell did thoroughly impress me with his play on words throughout the novella, especially with "House of Jacob." In the religious context, it refers to the toil, struggle, and effort in the servitude of God. I won't say anymore because I don't want to spoil the main course. Again, CRITIQUE was very well-written, but it left me with a growling, empty stomach.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 15 Mar 2012
By AnnBoozeandBooksBlogspot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Critique by Daniel I. Russel is the latest book I have read from Dark Continents Publishing. I have come to expect good things from that small press, and Critique doesn't disappoint. It is a story of redemption, although perhaps not the kind that most people would want. It starts out with a man, recently released from prison, who is continuing down the wrong path in life. He makes a stop at a diner and is treated to a rather interesting story from another character that will make most readers reconsider having dinner.
This is the first thing I have read by Russel, but it won't be the last. He has an enjoyable writing style that drew me right into the story from the beginning. It is a book that took me down a path that I wasn't quite expecting based on the beginning. Good read on an empty stomach and recommended for horror lovers.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Writer 26 Jan 2012
By Mr. D. M. Drinkel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hi - this is also my first introduction to Daniel's work - have to say, very impressed - love the comparison to Clive Barker / Hellbound Heart. Spot on. I was very impressed with both the pacing and the wordplay he uses....this is a great story and thinking about it, would love to have some of his work in my future anthologies. A very good writer with a bright future!!!!! Best of luck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One very tasty novella that deserves a slice of your time. 5 April 2012
By James Conway - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply put, Daniel I Russell has done it again.

I won't lie, before i read this i said to myself, if this is as good as Samhane, than 4 stars it'll get. Samhane was brilliant, but it was my first encounter with DIR and for my second dish, i needed to see if he could raise the bar. And guess what...he did.

When i first bought this i thought i was getting something more novel like, such as Samhane, and was a little disappointed it was only a novella, but that pain only lasted for a few pages.

By the time you finish this read you'll realise that Daniel stands out as a writer. For amateur authors (those who have not got their face known by the larger population) you have two groups in my opinion. There are those that want to write and fall flat or those who show immense potential.

Now, after reading two stories from Daniel I can tell you he is in the later. On one hand he has some wonderful stories, but on the other, and more importantly he has (and for some this takes quite some time) his very own style, which you can tell he gets and uses very well.

The story starts off at a slow but, but his style and way with atmosphere will suck you in and keep you wondering where this is going. It's not until the mid-point mark that you really understand the larger picture and the genius of what Daniel has created. The second half of this novella you will swallow down like a fine dessert.

There is really only two main characters in this story. Sandy Devanche, and Jacob Enfer. The former is a food critique, and much more. Sandy is man of who you will see as self-obsessed and somewhat delusion, alienating himself from reality. His a man who cares little for anything but himself and the food that often, if always, never lives up to his high standard of worth. It's not until later, that you discover who he was, and what really created such a shell of a Individual.

Jacob Enfer is a chef who works at The House of Jacob. Jacob is the first individual to open Sandy's eyes for a very long time, and thus creating a man of recent solitude to become somewhat obsessed with the genius of cuisine.
Daniel deserves major credit for his detail to food in this. Not sure if the man LOVES food, or if he did some research, but he made he quite hungry during the day I spent reading this. And how that was possible with some certain scenes, I have no idea how, but Kudos!

There are plenty of scenes within that will shock people, but nonetheless suck people right into the world Sandy Devanc i is living.

The only thing that was bothering me was a few scenes with Jacob. I thought some of his emotions were a little easy forthcoming, but this is completely taken back over the last few chapters where he shines as well as Sandy.
I struggled to find any real flaws. When I did put the book down the few times, I immediately wanted to pick it back up and continue on.

The novella reads really tight with hardly ever a time you wish it would just say with it wants to say and move forward. At the beginning it shows you what you need to see and later it tells you what you need to know.
Beautiful.
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