- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. There is brutal violence and gore a-plenty, but also a deep rooted sense of fun,and yes, love - love for genre, and love for story.
Ultimately, that loves runs throughout this novel. Yes, it’s fast paced, pulpy fun, with a plot straight out of a classic 80’s horror movie. It’s also a novel with great characters, some genuinely touching moments, and ultimately, lots of heart. Highly recommended.
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. It is what I would describe as a very smooth and easy read, whereas the first half of the book helps to set the scene, the second half of the book is where things really begin to take flight with some gruesome scenes as Hemsby begins to unravel; this is where Millard puts the peddle to the metal and like a Pleasure Beach roller-coatster things begin to get out of control.
I really enjoyed this book. It had a sort of old school horror feel to it that I liked and the original setting and plot worked brilliantly.
Released by the Sinister Horror Company, ‘The Bad Game’ is the perfect summer read for horror fans. It’s fun, gory and well-written, just the sort of thing I was looking for. Highly recommended.
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