The concept of werewolves being kidnapped and forced into cage fighting is a favorite of mine (all of my favorite concepts are oddly specific like thiThe concept of werewolves being kidnapped and forced into cage fighting is a favorite of mine (all of my favorite concepts are oddly specific like this) so I was really excited about this book.
In a world where there are more of these children each others think humans but who are on par with us intellectually and can contribute to society where do you draw the line between human and animal? Jim Gavin upped the ante by taking bullfighting and replacing the bull with werewolves; so we have a real world example of legal animal abuse replacing the animal with one we can relate to emotionally and intellectually.
Not to say that this book is preachy or political. It is a horror beach read; fast, violent, but still smart. It is, of course, not perfect by any means but in an arena (pun intended) all its own....more
This book has been received as a not-so-distant-future-societal-dystopia when it is, in fact, historical fiction set in the alternate-present. The onlThis book has been received as a not-so-distant-future-societal-dystopia when it is, in fact, historical fiction set in the alternate-present. The only reason I say historical fiction is because the culture described harkens back to when society didn’t lie to young women about their being nothing more than a commodity. Nothing is different now but the marketing.
The two options young women are given in this book are represented by a set of twins, each starting life identically and through outside opinion of their worth are each given to one of the two broad ideologies we can all recognize; progressiveness and traditionalism. The girl raised to represent the progressive society is encouraged to “own” her sexuality by literally letting big business own her sexuality from her clothes to her womb. The girl representing traditionalism is raised to “honor” her sexuality by letting representatives of a higher power stripping her of all choice and dictating what she does with her clothes and her womb. Each option unabashedly values women by their sexuality/virtue and not as human beings.
I see nothing speculative about this fiction.
As for the story, it was really slow in the middle but was written so well and is so interesting I couldn’t put it down....more
This is a story that couldn't be told in any other format. It isn't just that the experience wouldn't have as much depth as a screen play or a comic,This is a story that couldn't be told in any other format. It isn't just that the experience wouldn't have as much depth as a screen play or a comic, nor is it that it needs to be a novel to convey that depth; it is that the language itself, from the vernacular to the sentence structure to the very spelling (or lack there of) is unthinkable in mainstream literature or even small press for that matter. This book is a perfect example of how literature IS art and that self-publishing is not the waste dump publishers want you to believe it to be but the venue for what can be Hakim Bey's ideal of poetry as terrorism.
I don't know if Baker is even aware of the genre Bizarro but he has written one of the best examples of all that it could and should be. It's so weird it's undefinable but so charming it is universally relatable; you may not know what it's like to kick as much shit as Mawdsley does but you know what its like when all your nouns and adjectives end in "cunt"...more