I'm not usually much for short story collections. I like the room that novels allow characters and ideas to grow, but this collection was fantastic.
I...moreI'm not usually much for short story collections. I like the room that novels allow characters and ideas to grow, but this collection was fantastic.
I just stumbled across it by searching for some books/writers that inspiredTrue Detective. This happened to be one similar to one I checked. A great find.
The stories all ooze atmosphere, and Ballingrud does a fantastic job making the supernatural aspects seem secondary. These are stories of people in dark places, dealing with guilt, ideas of masculinity, love, and regret.
Not a clunker in the bunch, although The Way Station was the one that least resonated with me. If I has to pick a favorite, I think The Monsters of Heaven will stick with the most, but there are several others very close behind it.
Highly recommend book to anyone into horror, psychological fiction, weird fiction, or any fiction really. The stories are good enough that they should interest anyone. Ballingrud has a very straightforward style that works perfectly for the format. (less)
This line in the books sums up most of the characters in this book pretty well. The book is chock full of ch...more"He was smarter than this and he knew it."
This line in the books sums up most of the characters in this book pretty well. The book is chock full of characters that keep doing things they know better than to do, and paying for it.
It's hard to not compare this book to "Dirty White Boys' by Stephen Hunter. The parallels are too obvious. It manages to hold up pretty well though in that comparison. While it lacks the wit and occasional humor of Hunter's book, it makes up for it with deeper character relationships. The evolving relationship of Hicklin and Charlie is fantastic to read. Peter Farris also has a way with words when it comes to violence/action.
An extremely good first novel, will definitely read whatever he writes next.(less)
I was left with so many questions after seeing The Room. This book did a fantastic job answering a lot of them(and creating more). Definitely the most...moreI was left with so many questions after seeing The Room. This book did a fantastic job answering a lot of them(and creating more). Definitely the most I've laughed at a book in a long time.
It really creates conflicting emotions, the obvious hilarity at Tommy Wiseau and his "eccentricity", but also you end up respecting him in an odd way. I also ended up feeling a bit sorry but at the same time admiring some of these naive young actors and actresses who were aware how awful this was, but felt that any work could be their break.
If you've seen The Room and enjoyed it in the least it's well worth reading this book, and if you haven't.. Do so and then read this book.
A good read marred by politicking. I think Luttrell had some great points about the rules of engagement and the danger it puts our soldiers in, but he...moreA good read marred by politicking. I think Luttrell had some great points about the rules of engagement and the danger it puts our soldiers in, but he ruins this point by constantly blaming "pussy" liberals and the liberal media. In an ironic twist most of his complaints are parroting conservative media bits complaining about liberal media.
I think he could have actually made a decent argument if he'd kept the blame where it belongs, with the politicians putting us in these "wars". The amount of divergences into ranting about brain dead liberals really detracted from the book.
Aside from that though it was a pretty interesting read. The last 1/3rd or so really stood out(the part actually about Operation Redwing), and the ending was pretty powerful.