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- Print Length: 262 pages
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- Publisher: Shotgun Honey Books (17 Dec. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KB526C
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Normally I'm not a fan of first-person fiction. There's just something about it that is typically left lacking. Always lingering in the back of my mind is the fact that no matter how difficult things may become for the protagonist of the story, you know that they survive. After all, this is supposed to be realistic right? Believable certainly - not that someone is actually creating a narrative from beyond the grave. Needless to say I was satisfied on all levels, even with a large amount of first-person perspective. What changed my mind on the above statement? (SPOILER) Patti Abbot's `How to Launder a Shirt' changed it.
The anthology opens up kicking with `Father's Day' by Dan O'Shea - who also has his first thriller `Penance' coming out from Exhibit A Spring 2013 - pick it up. Or else. The guy certainly knows how to set a scene, of that there's no doubt.
The narrative's continues with several hidden gems like `Regrets Only' by Holly West and `Traffick' by Jim Wilsky.
`Cold Read' by Joe Myers left me wondering though. Nothing against Joe at all but a little more time on setting the tone would have been nice. Who was the character speaking to? I didn't feel like he was speaking to me but I also didn't know who the character was addressing. That being said, it was still a story worthy of inclusion and my time reading it.
`King Tut's Tomb' by Andrew Nette had me confused at the end. I'm going to have to re-read that one as there's surely something I missed. After all, when a writer sits down to that empty screen, they have a vision. How the story is going to play out if you will. As readers...and as writers...me make a lot of judgment calls that just don't need to be made.
I'm not going to try and disassemble every piece of short fiction in this anthology so I'll just skip to the end.
All of the work presented in `Both Barrels' is worth the money and, more importantly, it's worth your time. The fiction of Chris F. Holm (who also just released `The Wrong Goodbye') is exceptional. The same goes for Ray Banks and his piece `The Warmest Room.'
Steve Weddle finishes it off with his work `The Awakening: From the Cyborg Lesbian Vampire Chronicles.' On a side note, you should also check out his mag `Needle: A Magazine of Noir.'
Shotgun Honey has made a promise and delivered on all fronts. It's a great collection and worth every penny...or nickel...and one that won't leave you wanting.
And the masterpieces keep popping up. This anthology is given the highest recommendation.
I'd like to give credit to specific authors in the book, but, in truth, there were no bad or even mediocre stories. This collection is what you'd get if you posed the question - Who are the best authors I've never seen on the New York Times Best Seller list that deal in crime fiction? And that's not meant as a slight in the least, it's simply an observation that uncompromising writing doesn't garner a huge fan base, but it does garner a rabid one.
You don't know what turn the story will take. There's some good endings, some bad endings, but every single one is a goddam, two-fisted ending whether you like it or not. Buy it. Read it. Use it to beat someone up.
All the stories have their own style and stuff to like, but for me the works from Peter Farris, Ray Banks, Keith Rawson and Dan O'Shea really stuck out.
Like I said, not for everybody, but for those who dig this kinda writing it's worth a look.
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