Perhaps the best measure of any book I read is how enthusiastic I grab the kindle, and reading this book, I looked forward to every moment I could powPerhaps the best measure of any book I read is how enthusiastic I grab the kindle, and reading this book, I looked forward to every moment I could power up. Forsaken is a unique story with two intertwined plotlines. A brief backstory of Witch trials from hundreds of years ago is linked to a horror writer who has just written his greatest piece of work yet. Only this book is different, and the price for putting it on paper and unleashing it onto the world puts his children and pregnant wife at risk. The author and his family in isolation from each other worked so well, as did so many other elements in ths story. Supernatural elements blended perfectly into the tangible world. Escalating conflict turned the volume up with each page, and it all built to a suprise ending and an unusual and perfectly blended shout-out to King's Needful Things. Highly recommend this great accomplishment. ...more
Horror works best when the fantastic, the macabre, the twisted, (you name it) is used to highlight the universal humThe Best of What Makes Horror Work
Horror works best when the fantastic, the macabre, the twisted, (you name it) is used to highlight the universal human experience. When it is done to bring forth the most basic of human emotions and relationships and throw a spotlight on it through speculation. That is what I found inside these novellas. They are smart and rewarding, and the situations the humans find themselves in are familiar: childhood friendships, family ties, lost loves, and the things that are important and hold us together (or tear us apart). The writing itself is the kind that makes me marvel at the writer's talent. The plot twists and depth of characters kept me reading. The human emotion, where the author tends to his characters as much as God may be tending to us, give the stories a powerful impact that makes these stories shine. ...more
After reading Corrosion by Jon Bassoff, this book became an immediate must read. Now, the author has found his way on my "auto-buy" list. It's not a lAfter reading Corrosion by Jon Bassoff, this book became an immediate must read. Now, the author has found his way on my "auto-buy" list. It's not a long list.
Factory Town is a dream like state of a novel. Surreal, but not overly artistic. The prose is written more matter of fact and dead-pan which made the darkness inside even that much more brilliant. There were so many moments that I wanted to highlight a passage but I had to stop since it happened too often. The imagery was incredible, the surprises often, and the dialogue that appears inside the chapter rather than seperated by quotes I have found is now pulling me deeper into the consciousness of the characters.
There is a lot here, it is deep, and I am quite sure that I didn't 'get' it all, but here's a bit of what's inside the absurdist world of Factory Town: There is the question of if innocence can be saved, if our "God" is dead, or is he alive and 'mad' and hooked up to some bizarre, almost steam-punk life support system? ARe we all in Factory Town? When we fight monsters, do we also become one? Are we doomed to repeat the sins of our father? Deep subjects, yet plenty entertaining. I looked forward to reading this every time I picked up my kindle.
Not sure which I like better, Corrosion or Factory Town. FT tackles bigger issues, is more cosmic, yet at the end it came down to something very personal indeed. It reached for the stars and then came down and touched your heart. I started to read as if I was looking through a telescope at a distant land, but it ended up more as a mirror reflecting back the world we live in. As a father, the last 20% were intense.
Bravo, to both Bassoff and Darkfuse. Can't wait to see the movie, and looking forward to this writers next work. ...more
Only reason it doesn't get a five is that it suffers by Gone Girl comparison. The atmosphere and relationship dynamics she creates over time tells sucOnly reason it doesn't get a five is that it suffers by Gone Girl comparison. The atmosphere and relationship dynamics she creates over time tells such a great story.
The Giver felt more like 'world-building' than story. It was an easy and interesting read nonetheless, the only real conflict that made the pace pickThe Giver felt more like 'world-building' than story. It was an easy and interesting read nonetheless, the only real conflict that made the pace pick up didn't happen until about 80% of the way through. The ending was much less concrete than the rest of the book. Ironically, I watched the movie "Divergent" while reading this, and Divergent certainly lifts from the book in so many ways....more