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Rock Springs
Rock Springs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories, Bad C0py Editing, 26 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Rock Springs (Kindle Edition)
I loved all the stories in this kindle edition, but a star has to be knocked off for the numerous typos - perhaps one every five pages - which is way over the line of acceptability.


How Does Your Garden Grow?: ( A short horror story.)
How Does Your Garden Grow?: ( A short horror story.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Excellent, 17 Jun. 2016
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It maybe mere hyperbole, but I think this Indie author could be up there with the best of the famous horror writers. I've read all of Mr Elliot's short stories and have not once been disappointed. All the horror elements are in place and executed wonderfully, however, the author also has an enviable knack of creating believable and compelling characters without which you could potentially be left with nothing but trickery and blood splatter.

'How does Your Garden Grow?' really put a smile on my face. I was totally blown away by the author's imagination. I laughed, I gasped, my stomach turned in all the right places. As mentioned, all the author's short stories are fantastic, but I felt this one here may have been his best crafted.

I will mention one small criticism, and that was the phrase used early on: 'cool as a cucumber'. This is such a minor thing, but the short story form is more focused than the novel and the phrase was used on the first page, almost derailing me. I also mention it to show that I'm that anal when it comes to literature, and to persuade you that I'm speaking the truth with regards to the overall quality of the story. (I'm writing this review the day after reading HDYGG? and I'm still smiling.)

It is a brilliant short story (the ending was perfect!) which I highly recommend along with his previous collection of horror shorts 'Portraits of Dread'. I am really looking forward to his next collection.

Wow.


The Running Game
The Running Game

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dystopian Crime Novel, 11 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: The Running Game (Kindle Edition)
The Running Game is a brilliant and well written Dystopian novel with a psychic twist. I loved all the characters, particularly Rachel, the brothers John and Charlie, and Roxy. The story was gripping, the dialogue crisp, the characters convincing, and I laughed quite a few times too. I loved Fitzpatrick's writing style. Highly recommend.


The Phoenix Project
The Phoenix Project

5.0 out of 5 stars Gender and Emotion in a Dystopian Nightmare, 1 Feb. 2016
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Raven, a man with a tortured past, is serving time in a prison where convicts must fight to the death for the entertainment of the free population. The dystopian world Cain creates is entirely convincing and downright scary: this world is not too far removed from the one we know and experience everyday. But religion and morality have partially broken down, allowing brutality to exist, rupturing the souls of all who fight for their survival and those who choose to watch and take pleasure from these televised displays of violence.

All characters in the novel - Raven, Kiri, Khan (whose fight scene with Raven has such a great twist in how we perceive his character, it blew me away), Millicent and Alexia are all well rounded, fully developed and sympathetic characters - even at their worst - and the story they find themselves in is emotional and compelling. The female characters are strong, it could be argued psychologically stronger than the male characters (Millicent and Kiri are both very determined) and there are even points where traditional gender roles seem to be reversed: female characters remain strong when Raven is weak, frequently female characters instigate sexual relations, and of course the biggest gender thematic idea - Raven's self-harm, which of course is traditionally thought of as a female attribute.

All characters must fight - whether male or female - and the fight scenes themselves are brutal and brilliantly described, and there's just the right amount of them too - too many fight scenes make my eyes glaze over. No problems here with that. Also, the fight scenes are emotionally charged and significant to the plot, so I cared about the outcome of all of them.

This wonderful book is an anti-hero's emotional journey towards redemption. I enjoyed it a lot and was frequently awed by Cain's descriptive powers, particularly of the characters' psychological and emotional states.

And then there's the end. The brilliant end. It's a courageous direction to take the novel in, but I'm glad Cain did it. I might even argue the book is worth it for the end alone.

A fantastic novel.


The Lost Shepherd
The Lost Shepherd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Short Story, 18 Jan. 2016
This review is from: The Lost Shepherd (Kindle Edition)
A priest on a mission to save himself, a group of savage killers stalking through a ravaged landscape, and two boys with special abilities all converge in unexpected ways. This short story is brilliantly written - taut, poetic, fully engaging - and all the characters are compelling. It's an ideal place to start your next post apocalyptic nightmare read, especially as Fitzpatrick is soon to be re-releasing The Running Game - The Lost Shepherd being an ideal introduction into that world.

This is a tremendous short story, and you can sit back and relax in the author's capable hands. Let her wow, shock and awe you.


Black Silk Panties. (An Erotic Horror Story.)
Black Silk Panties. (An Erotic Horror Story.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obsession Can Be Deadly, 18 Jan. 2016
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Obsessed with panties and taunted by his mother, Jacob is on a journey to the dark side of his weird fixation. Jacob is a great character and I enjoyed reading this short story from horror master Michael J. Elliot. It's not short on weighty themes either, such as how a stringent Catholic upbringing can inflict guilt, not destroying obsession, merely deferring and twisting it.

This is a highly enjoyable short - dark, creepy and often funny. A must read. I also suggest you read his collection of horror shorts, Portraits of Dread, as that is awesome too.


Wait and Bleed
Wait and Bleed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Wait and Bleed (Kindle Edition)
A 'bloody' awesome trilogy


Scorn Kills (The Devil's Due Collection)
Scorn Kills (The Devil's Due Collection)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pacey and Engaging Story, 14 Nov. 2015
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A man must pay the price for his infidelity in the most gruesome and haunting way imaginable. The writing is good and the story compelling. The main character is both lovable and flawed, which creates tension and confusion about whether to root for him or not.

The novel isn't too long, and you could probably read it in one or two sittings. It is pacey, engaging and the finale is suitably nauseating.

A good read.


Don't Even Blink
Don't Even Blink
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unrelenting Splatter-fest of Death, 14 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Don't Even Blink (Kindle Edition)
Sometimes a repetitive refrain - be it in music or poetry for example - has to go through many cycles - in this case the many many killings and gruesome deaths - before you hit that sweet spot, an organic and original level of artistic nirvana. You could not have reached such a spot without the accumulative effect of all that came before it. After all the massacres in the previous two books and in this one, it reached such a spot, around the point Jack makes a trip to a coffee shop, at which point the story blew my mind.

The story, like the previous two books, is gruesome, graphic and unrelenting in its violence. If what you want (and indeed this is what the books set out to do), is to follow a deranged and demented killer as he fulfills his life's work, you will not be disappointed. I really enjoyed all three books of the Don't Turn Around Trilogy. Not for the faint-hearted, however. You will have the most fun with this if you read it at night while in a bad mood.

Weirdly cathartic and, bizarrely, lots of fun.

Blood, gore, death, splatter, death, horror, knifing, stabbing, blood, gore, horror, death, horror, gore...


Portraits Of Dread: A Gallery Of Decidedly Evil Short Stories.
Portraits Of Dread: A Gallery Of Decidedly Evil Short Stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Collection of Horror Short Stories, 14 Nov. 2015
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I really enjoyed this collection of horror short stories. The author's imagination is wonderful and the stories here are all varied enough to keep you engaged until the end.

Dinner for Two is a truly brilliant and very funny story; Defective Goods takes an everyday situation - returning an unwanted purchase that keeps you guessing for what turns out to be a suitably horrific ending. I also loved Reconstructing Teddy, which features two brothers with a dark secret, Mother Called Today and Possums - all of which were superb.

I highly recommend this wonderful collection. The author is a great writer, and you'll be entertained by his memorable characters, funny situations and sickening imagination.

Must read.


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