Review by: Amy Marshall on Oct. 26, 2011 : ***** It starts with a jolt—the bang of a door, thAlso available on Smashwords
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Review by: Amy Marshall on Oct. 26, 2011 : ***** It starts with a jolt—the bang of a door, the manic tinkling of the bell above it; suddenly, shockingly, you find your legs sticking uncomfortably to a naugahyde bench and your elbows resting on a formica tabletop while your palms burn around a white ceramic coffee cup. The weather is suddenly oppressively hot(and forget about that “dry heat” crap because those of us who have lived in the desert Southwest can tell you certainly that it’s crap--112°F is 112°F and “dry” is just a sick myth), it’s night, and the world around you is about to explode into chaos.
Several breathless moments follow that initial shock, and, as a reader, you hope against hope that you can pull yourself out of the situation—that you can believe the voice in your brain that verbally slaps you around—telling you that you’re sitting safely at home with a Nook or a Kindle cradled in your hands and cold weather just outside the door. Yet, as the elderly man who just burst through the door and sucked you out of your closely-guarded reality approaches the counter, you find your eyes closing. You see the glint of his revolver reflected against yellowed countertop rimmed with stainless steel… Yeah, well. Give it up. You’re there.
"Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy" is a short story. Keep remembering that as you read it. It’s tight, it’s fast-paced, and it does more in 19 pages than some novels manage in 100,000+ words. The characters are expertly drawn; the author offers little by way of description, but these characters are people we’ve already met. We instinctively know them—the elderly Texan, the cook who eyes him suspiciously across the counter, the eager-to-please busboy, and the customers in the diner. The dialog flows naturally, expletives and all, and there’s no doubt these conversations really took place … somewhere…
I suppose it’s fitting that all Hell breaks loose in Las Vegas. I love the premise. I love the execution (sorry). It is a truly enjoyable, bloody, fantastic, pulse-pounding read. Moments after finishing it, I got on Twitter and made a comment to the effect that Mr. Howerton’s story had me cowering in a diner booth whimpering, “Don’t look here…. Don’t look here…” I stand by that statement. I will also add this: here’s to sincerely hoping and praying that what happened in Vegas STAYS in Vegas. (reviewed within a week of purchase)
Review by: Jamie Friesen on Oct. 20, 2011 : ***** This is a fantastic short story - full of action, well-developed characters and explosive description. From the cowboy's Texan drawl to the tense setting in the diner, it is an amazing tale...highly recommended!...more
I'll admit, I am one of the authors, but I can say without nepotism, that the other stories in this book are phenomenal. Well worth a look for fans ofI'll admit, I am one of the authors, but I can say without nepotism, that the other stories in this book are phenomenal. Well worth a look for fans of almost every genre, as this covers all the bases....more