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The Bad Game by [Millard, Adam]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2555 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Sinister Horror Company (2 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BJVV9D0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Adam Millard must have had some furious fun writing BAD GAME. I know I certainly had fun reading it. Once again, Adam proves that not only can he interweave horror with pulpy comedy, but the man excels at it.

Having picked up a signed copy of BAD GAME from the man himself at a horror convention last year, I spent the last few days thumbing through it. The storyline is unique in itself; the idyllic seaside town of Hemsby being the perfect getaway for city-rats wishing to trade the urban jungle for a bit of sea, sand, and sun... but all that comes crashing down with the arrival of a mysterious arcade machine - and the effects it has on the children who play it.

We begin with Jamie Garrett, our main character, who is something of a computer geek (I can certainly relate to that from my teenage years) who is bored out of his skull with Hemsby-life. Nothing exciting ever happens in his hometown, and he spends most of his time in the amusement arcade with Scottie (a great character), the proprietor of the arcades or tussling with Calum and Lee - the neighbourhood bullies. Then he bumps into Liza - a teenage girl holidaying in Hemsby - and a spark is instantly ignited between the two. However, before it can burn into anything more, the kids of Hemsby start turning into sinister little killing machines, leaking black gook from their eyes and removing scalps with their teeth.

I believe Adam to be in his element writing this type of genre. Yes, it is a horror book - with some rather grim sequences (Barry Mills, anybody?) - but lurking just beneath the surface, a hearty dose of that comedy we have grown to expect and enjoy has the capability of having you chuckling one moment, then reading in shock the next. BAD GAME is a fantastic novel; mixing horror with just a sprinkling of warped humor. Add a splash of smooth storytelling, a sprinkle of believable characters, and you have all the ingredients needed for a great yarn.

Highly recommended.
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For those of you that don’t know, Adam Millard is one of the most prolific writers working in the genre today. The man is simply a machine. Not a month goes by it seems without a new release from the man. I got wind of this release quite early on when I stumbled across it whilst surfing through Amazon’s pre-releases. The first thing that got me was the cover art – brilliant, isn’t it? The rest of the book is vintage Millard, which means it’s great!

As a child of the 80s, I remember fondly those trips into town to play the arcades. Back in the day £10.00 would get you endless hours stood playing ‘House of the Dead’, ‘Wrestlemania’ and the like. Millard’s ‘The Bad Game’ is a homage to this wonderful era; a book that builds slowly into a fight for survival for residents of the small seaside town of Hemsby.

Jamie Garrett and arcade owner Scottie are the main characters. Jamie being the typical youngster, tired of Hemsby life, excited only by the prospect of one day working the video arcade with his friend. Scottie is the proprietor and is a hard drinker with a past he’d much rather forget. This is explored more as the narrative progresses and you will find yourself becoming very fond of these two characters.

A mysterious new arcade machine arrives and is an instant hit, but not all is as it seems. ‘The Bad Game’ sets the scene well by portraying the seaside town of Hemsby in rich detail. The characters are excellent; lifelike and entertaining. Millard is known as a writer with a great sense of humour and although the jokes don’t appear as often in this story, there are still some incredibly amusing moments. The concept of ‘The Bad Game’ is excellent. Adam’s smooth writing style doesn’t get bogged down with endless description and every character has a purpose.
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Picked up this paperback at EdgeLit this year.

The prolific and talented Adam Millard is back, this time with a rolloking action horror tale set in a seaside town. DISCLAIMER The publisher of this novel, The Sinister Horror Company, also published my debut novel GodBomb! That said, my normal review rules apply - I only review books that I a) finish and b) enjoy.

The Bad Game was simply a joy from start to finish. It’s got all the hallmarks of quality I’ve come to expect from Millard’s work - superb pacing, believable and well rounded characters that are economically drawn, and a gloriously fun premise. I found the style overall to be played a bit straighter than some of his more aggressively humorous work (like, say, Larry), but there’s still a joy in storytelling that comes through in the infectiously readable prose and occasional sarcastic aside.

I particularly enjoyed the characters of Jamie and Scottie in this book. Jamie was a kid I found to be almost too relatable - nerdy, hooked on classic arcade gaming, with the typical small town bully problem, allied with the wider issues of being a teenager, no prospects, no obvious way out… yeah, I’m pretty much hardwired to like this kid.

Similarly, Scottie I found to be a flawed but deeply sympathetic character, with genuine humanity and pathos, even before his deeper backstory was revealed. This is a book firmly in the pulp/splatterpunk tradition, but Millard still takes the time and care to craft characters you like, enjoy, and root for.

Likewise, once the plot starts rolling, it basically doesn’t stop. Millard does a superb job of both raising the stakes and propelling events forward to a satisfying and gripping climax.
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