- Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot; Reprint edition (2 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857660071
- ISBN-13: 978-0857660077
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3.6 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,003,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Slights (Angry Robot) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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Simply gut-wrenching"" - John Courtenay Grimwood
--SFX, June 2008
"With outstanding control, Warren manipulates Stevie's voice to create a portrait of horror that in no way reads like a first novel." --Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
Kaaron's award-winning short fiction has appeared in Year s Best Horror & Fantasy, the Poe and Haunted Legends anthologies, Fantasy magazine, Paper Cities, and many other venues in the US, Europe and Australia. Her short story A Positive has been made into a short film called Patience, and her first ever published short story White Bed was dramatised for the stage in Australia.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Now, you might think, 'hmmm...not much a spoiler, that...' But it's an unfair thing to put on the book because, in my mind, it both builds up an expectation that takes, I think, more than half the book to materialise, and also gives a false impression of what this story is about (I went in expecting a kind of Hannibal Lecter/Dexter type of book - it's not that at all). What it actually is, is the first person account of Stevie (Stephanie, but she prefers Stevie in one of many flips of typical male/female roles) who is, as the book opens, just recovering from the death of her mother, which happened in a car crash where Stevie was driving. The book opens at 'age eighteen' and shows the first of a recurring motif - in which Stevie recounts an event as it should have been, then as it actually was. Thereafter, we are given a fractured and rambling account of Stevie's life, where past sits alongside present in a kaleidoscopic intersecting of seemingly unrelated events.
It's an astonishing book and it's not until about a third of the way through that I realised what was going on (I think). You see, Stevie has 'died' a few times and each time she has, she visits a dark room filled with people she has 'slighted'; these people bite her, scratch her, cause her pain. She develops a slight (ha ha) obsession with this dark room and wants to know if others experience the same thing. This will eventually lead her down that path the blurb on the back alludes to (alludes to? It screams it), but long before that she gets a job in a hospital to bring herself closer to the dying.Read more ›
This is the story of Stevie a serial killer, again this is emblazoned on the rear cover so I am not giving anything away here, but when you start reading the book you are introduced to Stevie as a fairly normal person. It is the slow revelation that there is much more here than initially meets the eye that makes this a clever book.
Written in the first person it is Stevie's autobiographical account of how she first experienced death. That's right death, and at the moment of death what does she experience. Well its not a brilliant light, it's not a flashback of her life and it's certainly not a bunch of white gowned angels playing harps. What she actually experiences is a group of people staring at her, a group of people she knows, a group of people she has slighted. Fascinated by this experience she endeavours to repeat it both from her own point of view and also from others. She needs to find out if others share this experience.
So what follows are a series of gruesome encounters on the edge of darkness. Slowly, at the same time we get to see how she has developed these dark traits and gradually a gruesome family history is revealed.
This really is a dark and disturbing book and it's all the better for that. Kaaron Warren has cleverly created a tale which gradually reveals true horror. Stevie the protagonist (and also the antagonist) is richly drawn.Read more ›
She takes a job in a hospice so she can be with the dying as they take their last breath, she makes several attempts at suicide, she digs in the garden, finding the truth about her `hero' father and herself.
A compulsive and hideous novel about a damaged individual's desire to emulate her bullying, controlling, adored father, the only person, she believes, who ever loved her.
One of the darkest things I've ever read.
Slights is set in Australia which makes a nice different setting to the usual settings of London, Manchester or New York. I hope we are going to see more novels from Kaaron Warren.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't read a book quite like this before and doubt I will find another like it. Not for the easily offended a book you probably either love or hate. I loved it.Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by LouiseH
I read 'Slights' after finishing several horror novels, expecting much of the same, but found that this book doesn't fit into quite the same category. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2011 by StrontiumDogBoy
This is not a book I would usually read. It is not the type of book I would normally read. I am a simple man, with simple tastes. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2011 by IuchiAtesoro
Slights is one of the strangest books I've read in a while and one of the most entertaining - in an odd way. Read morePublished on 4 May 2011 by LukeW
The premise for this book was great and I was really looking forward to reading it. It turned out to be a slow read however. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2010 by RM Brown
I'm not sure if my response is a normal one to a book about a serial killer, but if I could sum this up with one word - it would be - `beautiful'.
It is. Read more
This book is a rambling, first person account of her life by disaffected teenager Stevie, who (apparently) is a serial killer. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2010 by H. Ashford
I really enjoyed this and flew through it in less than a week (which for me is really good!). The main character Stevie is equal parts tragic and unsettling. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2010 by S. Strong
The blurb makes this book sound rather terrifying, a serial killer who wants to see what they see in their dying moments. Read morePublished on 19 April 2010 by Gemma