Top critical review
Good stories, but overall a mixed bag
on 2 September 2012
I was a little unsure how to rate this one, and I think I'd probably give it a little more than 3 stars, but not 4. So take 3 as a restriction of the Amazon rating system.
The story concepts are good - I don't think there's a bad one amongst them. The book itself is well proofread, and doesn't contain the myriad of typos and grammatical errors that are so often found in the cheaper / free eBooks (and, to be fair, in some of the full priced ones!) I find it very hard to read books that contain a lot of mistakes, so this was a huge plus for me! (I did find one mistake in the last story - a couple of missing words in one sentence).
So why only 3 stars, and not 4 or 5? Well, when I started reading I thought the first piece was written in a somewhat simplistic manner. It read more like a list of actions than a well-flowing narrative. I did notice that the writing seemed to improve the further into the book I got, and I strongly suspect these stories are included in the order they were written, and what we see is the development of the author's writing ability. Still, the earlier ones at least would have benefited from a little judicious editing.
I was also turned off a little by the title story, which seemed to be an effort to emulate Clive Barker (or some similar author). It reads a little as an experiment in a new style by the author, and I'm not sure he ever manages to pull it off.
That being said, I enjoyed all the stories. Some were better than others (of course!), and for 77p it's well worth picking up.