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- Print Length: 200 pages
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- Publisher: Evil Hat Productions (April 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007XH6EXU
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a themed anthology of stories all set in Mad City. The stories range from terrifying to funny to totally disturbing. There's not a bad story in the lot, though my favorites are the first story, Don't Forget Your Patients by Stephen Blackmoore, and the last story, Don't Chew Your Food by Harry Connolly. As twisted or deranged or pitiful as the protagonist in each story is, they all undeniably belong in the chaos of Mad City.
I really can't recommend this anthology highly enough. The stories flow together beautifully to create what feels like a real place. Mad City has a set of rules and a few higher-profile inhabitants that make appearances throughout multiple stories, and seeing these from the perspective of different authors/characters is fascinating. I'm a huge lover of themed anthologies, and this one is probably my favorite yet. I hope there's more Mad City forthcoming.
(As a side note, I had to put this book down when I tried to read it the first time. I had a fullblown panic attack on an airplane and while I was trying to calm down in the airport, I thought I'd read this book as a distraction. No. A world of no. I will tell you that it's scary enough to not help lull away someone's anxiety. Which makes it even more awesome. You know, after.)
DRTB explores 13 people dealing with the Mad City and the deranged denizens. The stories range from quirky and amusing (Don't Spill Your Tea), to the bizarre (Don't Harsh Your Buzz) to the sad (Don't Forget Your Kids) to the mindscrew (Don't Chew Your Food), but all of them have an undertone of mystery, of danger, of creepiness. The only real complaint I can make is that at less than 200 pages, it feels a bit short. What is there is very entertaining, but for the price paid I can't help wanting a little more than I got. Even 2-3 more stories might have made it feel a bit more substantial. In any case, I think it's a great collection of surrealistic horror stories that people should definitely check out.
The premise is a bit cutesy; every story title begins with the word, "don't". All the stories are set in a place called, "Mad City," a place first envisioned by Fred Hicks in his prior collection, "Don't Rest Your Head." In his forward to this book, he tells the reader that many of the contributing authors contacted him, saying that after reading his collection, they had been inspired to write their own "Mad City" stories. Thus came about this volume.
I can say honestly that some of the stories are momentarily entertaining, but only two are memorable for me. They are C.E. Murphy's (Urban Shaman series author) "Don't Wreck Your Soul," and Robin D. Law's, "Don't Lose Your S***." The latter earned the book the third star in this review because his prose style in this case is quite original. One might even say it is weird.
In summary, This is not a bad book, and it could make a good jumping off point for those new to the genre. Readers already familiar with the genre would do best to heed the title, there's little new or original for them here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm just getting into this genre - most quote-unquote "horror" writing has left me really quite unimpressed.
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The game this is based on is excellent and if they had stuck to the structure of the game it could have been an awesome collection of stories. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Media Fan
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This is a well conceived and executed anthology that touches a nerve. For each reviewer on this site the book reminded them a little bit of some other favorite, but also stood out... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pop Bop
Reading Don't Read this Book is like reading a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland (or a darker, nefarious and twisted version of Neverwhere), except that everyone is invited,... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Ernesto I. Ramirez Gomez