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Nasty but incredible!
on 21 October 2012
If you're even here, looking at this review then well done. The title will scare away most God-fearing people, but you, you are one of the few brave and charming individuals who chose to embrace such an abrasive title and check the book out, give it a chance, I commend you on your efforts and choices thus far. Please, continue and purchase the book, you will not regret it.
You obviously expect weird, twisted, demonic, savage, abusive, and disgusting things to occur, and they do. Perhaps you expect some poignancy, some deep sentimentality and hope, well, there's that too. Perhaps you expect crappy writing? Well, there's none of that. There is the token mad doctor, but he is a "butt-goblin"*, so perhaps its not so bad.
So what has the book got to offer?
Children forced into a labour camp to make toys for the goblins. Painful, humiliating roll-calls, amazingly gross breakfasts and dinners. Strange nazi-experiments on children. Yeah, the books got plenty to offer in the department of shock and disgust. But it also has great characterisation, heroism, strong prose, a moral fibre, action, adventure and a cake floor.
Cameron Pierce is one of the best young writers around, and this book (horrendous though the actions depicted are) proves it: he can take an already absurd and gross thing like the holocaust, and turn it into something else equally/more disgusting while still retaining the sentimentality and sense of loss of innocence, and adding just a sprinkling of humour into the proceedings.
*code to bypass amazon censor