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Ritualistic Human Sacrifice by C.V. Hunt
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Feb 08, 2016

it was amazing
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Finally had time to get to reviewing this book. As this is a review, it will contain spoilers, so if you haven't read it yet... Stop reading this review now!
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C.V. Hunt is one of my favorite authors. Loved Baby Hater and Other People's Shit is one of my top ten fiction novels. RITUALISTIC HUMAN SACRIFICE trumps Hunt's repertoire. It is her best, and I'm not joking.

The characters of Nick and Eve are handled with such a precise character arc that you really fall in love (and hate) with them in the first half of the book. This is important because this dramatic introduction saves the book from becoming scat porn. Oh, and scat abounds, dear readers...

Although Hunt delves into Horror and Bizarro in her litany of works, Ritualistic Human Sacrifice is more irreal than surreal. All that happens within the pages could physically occur.

Nick is a narcissist, but not a total sociopath, while Eve destroys his dream of being a D.I.N.K. (Double Income, No Kids) by getting pregnant. Because you feel sorry (and root) for both Nick and Eve, when the narrative plunges into Horror, the reader prays for character shields. Prayer does not work in the House of Satan!

Irresponsible, flippant comedy ensues as Eve and Nick move to a small town where sex is on tap so much so that it becomes a cartoon of J.G. Ballard's "High-Rise", but without all the epic scenery from the 50th floor.

Ed Lee would be proud. Hunt handles Goreno with the skill of Suehiro Maruo. But, as stated above, the character building is so surgical and realistic that an author of less skill and imagination would have Nick and Eve be nothing more than two meat puppets.

Yes, the novel deals with abortion, but not in a political fashion, which is hard to pull off in the 2010s. This method of disposal is simply pivotal to the plotting of the bad guys.

I loved this book. One of her best!
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