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Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas
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it was amazing

After four collections, weird fiction author Simon Strantzas is still going strong. Maybe even better than ever. Strantzas's brand of weird fiction draws from numerous sources -- Lovecraft, Chambers, Ligotti, Aickman, Barron -- but thematically they are unmistakably his own. His protagonists are deeply flawed people, usually fragile men who have suffered some terrible emotional blow and are making the wrong choices to set it right, and who uncover unknowable and relentless occult secrets that shatter what's left of them. Of the nine stories present in BURNT BLACK SUNS, the ones I liked the most are "By Invisible Hands," about a senile old puppet maker who is charged with creating a new and terrible puppet by a secretive client; "Emotional Dues," which follows a struggling artist as he falls into the hands of an eccentric benefactor; and my favorite of them all, the centerpiece novella "One Last Bloom," which is a stunning piece of scientific horror with an ending that packs a wallop. Any of Strantzas's collections are a good jumping-in point, but BURNT BLACK SUNS presents the author at his most confident. Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

May 16, 2014 – Shelved
May 16, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
August 25, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read (Kindle Edition)
August 25, 2014 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
October 15, 2015 – Started Reading
October 26, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Barry (new) - added it

Barry The one Strantzas volume missing from my collection. (Sans the limited hardcovers featuring bonus stories. *shakes fist*)

message 2: by Nicholas (new) - added it

Nicholas Kaufmann Barry wrote: "The one Strantzas volume missing from my collection. (Sans the limited hardcovers featuring bonus stories. *shakes fist*)"

The only one I'm missing is COLD TO THE TOUCH.

message 3: by Barry (new) - added it

Barry Ha, my first one!

Jane I just finished "Cold to the Touch" and your review of "Burnt Black Suns" makes me want to run out and get a copy! Will put this at the top of my list.

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