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- Print Length: 94 pages
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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The first story was for me the most gripping, but it ended up mostly how I suspected, no great surprises. I hope some of the stories were supposed to be amusing, because I was chuckling at a few of them.
Honestly, I think I'm just weird. I think if anyone else read this book they would be at least a little freaked out/disturbed.
The Cthulhu Child was the first story. If I had to guess, it came earlier in the author's career than the others. The other three are all technically infallible, but this one had a few minor typos, nothing that detracted from the story. My only real issue was that I'm not overly in love with Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and certainly am no expert, so grasping the Lovecraftian deities was impossible without research. Still, for fans of Lovecraft, this tale pays homage in a way that surely does not disappoint. For horror fans in general, a solid and unique read. Cthulhu mythos meets Invasion... 4 stars
Next up was Losing Him. This story was masterfully written. Like the first tale, it is done from a strong female perspective. The only complaint I would have with this story is that its primary theme was a small element of the first story. The author's sinful delight? David Brian has serious talent, so in the anthology, I would have loved to have seen more diversity. Still, the point of view assumed in this piece was an excellent choice from which to craft the story that unfolds... 4 stars
Sweet Sugar is the third story. It is perfect. No word in it is wasted. It is beautiful, horrifying, and tear-jerking, all at the same time. I wouldn't necessary classify it as horror, though I do not fault the author for doing so. This moving piece is not only as good as some of the work of those fancy-schmancy elitist types who shun genre fiction as second-rate, but it outshines them. Literary fiction with power and class from a genre fiction specialist... 5+ stars
The last story is flash fiction. I generally hate flash fiction because usually the stuff I read does not qualify as a story in any sense of the word and its far too short to become invested in the plot or characters. Thankfully, Brian's story is longer than what I usually see and does tell and interesting tale that I rather enjoyed. I do not know how to rate flash fiction so I will leave the rating here blank.
So... 4.333333333333333333333 (and so on) stars, by my calculation. This definitely wets my appetite for Brian's work. I look forward to reading more in the near future.
I came across some punctuation issues. This could be the difference between the common English language we in the states and those in the UK speak. They didn’t detract from the stories at all.
I enjoyed the prose of each different story. I commend the author for being able to be diverse and flowing with each style. Very nice.
Of the six shorts I’m going with Sugar and Kingdom Falls.
Sugar covers a topic many of us with aging parents can relate to. An excellent tribute for families who are dealing with a parent enduring the ravages of time. Very well crafted
Kingdom Falls takes twists and turns which are very refreshing. This story appears to be taking place in medieval times, till you start reading. It’s an excellent shocker. Princess is an abused child who in the end reaps her revenge and it isn’t pretty. Well done.
All in all, a four star work.
I liked Cathulhu Child lots, and the mother and daughter Jennifer and Meghan were very easy to like. The author wrote them extremely well and the trip they were on all of a sudden went from mundane to horror book crazy for Megan. Just looked like a fast food restaurant, but it was hiding big secrets. The conversation between Jennifer and her daughter had me laughing as well, so it was a good when all of a sudden things changed.
Kingdom Falls was all told from a little girls POV and that made this little story fun as we see things from a child's perspective. Princess was happy in her life, and thought everyone loved her daddy as much as she did, but that wasn't the case and when he's put away things change. And as events play out the book takes a dark turn. And it does it so well. I was left thinking no way did that just happen. Not horror but horrific. Well written again and I was left wondering just what happens next.
Of the last two, one was a short but sad look on when your mind starts forgetting things as we age, I could picture Sugar and her man well in my mind. And then the last one Losing Him. This had a really big yuck factor to it. The missing husband and beat upon wife. In just a few pages you can get a real feel for what her life had become. Again not a horror story in the sense of being scared but its the twist that all the stories in the book had. I can't wait to read more of David Brian's work and I can recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read that's a bit quirky but likes a surprise twist to things.
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