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I actually read SERIAL UNCUT after reading TRUCK STOP and SERIAL (yes back to back and yes in the same 2 days). SERIAL was a tease...SERIAL UNCUT is the real deal. This book was terrifying. I was sickened and disturbed, but not enough to put it down. It was an amazing ride...scary, kind of funny (I will admit I have a sick sense of humor) and vicious. It starts off hot and never cools off. It ended and I wanted more. I can honestly say it was addictive. The characters are creepy and weird, depraved and unremorseful. However, they were entertaining...lol. I found myself shaking my head a lot and saying "OMG...seriously?" and "EWWWW...seriously?" GREAT JOB! If you like to be terrified, and are looking for yet another reason not to talk to strangers and another reason not to trust some people, and another reason to stay home with the lights on, then get this book...you will not be disappointed.
Just finished off Serial: Uncut and I love it even more than I liked Serial and Truck Stop.
Serial: Uncut is an Omnibus edition of sorts which has updated and extended scenes from Serial, Truck Stop and Bad Girl, so just buy this one, and you have them all!
I liked the addition of Lucy and Donaldson's backstory, though when I found got to the present in the "Serial" portion of the story I felt a bit cheated on Lucy's part. There was a whole scene in which Donaldson described how he got rid of his victims, but Lucy just "dumped the bodies" or something to that effect.
After reading it again, I felt that Donaldson and Lucy's battle could have gone on a bit longer before ending in that epic mistake, but I'd settle for another work in which the two of them, especially Lucy, feature. Battling each other, again? Whatever you like, just please make it happen somehow, please?
Buy this, you won't regret it.... unless you're one of the 1-star reviewers from Serial who thought a book about serial killers shouldn't be ABOUT serial killers....
Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, and J. A. Konrath, Serial Uncut (Amazon Digital Services, 2010)
I was a big fan of Blake Crouch's first novel, but then I stopped reading him for some reason I don't quite recall. I've never experienced Kilborn/Konrath (everyone knows they're the same person, yes?), so I figured I'd bone up on what Blake's been up to and get a taste of another mystery writer at the same time with this inexpensive little ebook that's had a few of my friends raving for months now. Not in the same way the publishers did (one doesn't talk about something being the most gruesome thing ever when one is a connoisseur of extreme horror, because there's always a more gruesome thing just around the corner). It turned out to be shallow, but kinda fun: the guys take various serial killers (and Jack Daniels, Kilborn's PI heroine) from their more established novels and stick them all in the same scenario with some innocent bystanders and see how things play out.
Given a bit more work, this could have been a really absorbing study of the mentality. They have the framework for such a book in place, with tentative untrusting friendships, mentorships, and the like blossoming between the various serial killers, but every time we might find ourselves in a serious psychological treatment, the authors pull back and remember that they're writing a straight genre thriller. Which means fast-paced, easy to read, and with all the depth of the average Pennsylvania pothole. But it's fun, it's pretty solid, and you can blow through it in a couple of hours. Empty calories, but like a lot of empty calories, they taste pretty darn good. ***
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When I read 'Serial' I was left wanting more. So, I immediately went and bought 'Serial Uncut'. I got what had wanted. Not only was I completely satisfied with 'Serial Uncut', I was left feeling icky and yet strangely awesome.
The introduction of Taylor was pretty cool, especially paired with brief histories of Lucy and Donaldson. You will not be disappointed with this book. That being said, don't read it if you're squeemish or in a dark room by yourself.
I am definitely reading more from these authors. I want to read more about Luther and Orson. And please, PLEASE write another story about Donaldson. I would love to read even more about his life before (and maybe even during) Serial Uncut.
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Serial was a speculative collaboration between Messrs Konrath and Crouch and it was a spectacular success depending on how you look at it. It was given away free and that lead to more than 400,000 downloads. Of course reader praise was vastly polarized some people loved it whereas many others just downright disliked it. The authors then decided to ramp up the action and also gave the main characters a backstory and hence the result is Serial Uncut which is a combination of three short stories.
The book has four parts and each of them focus on certain psychopaths. The first part is the introduction of Gregory Donaldson and is set in Tampa 1978, as a younger Donaldson is faced with a car breakdown and gets a lift from a rather special person who identifies himself as Mr. K [a character from the Jack Daniel books]. Thus begins his introduction to the world wherein he realizes that there are more people out there who are akin to him and the person he faces might be someone deadlier than him. This story was a short piece and ends on a real creepy note to set the tone for the remaining parts.
The second part is set in Indianapolis, 1995 and is actually the prequel novella "Bad Girl" it introduces a fifteen year old Lucy who is on her way to meet her favorite author Andrew Z. Thomas. She has problems in getting a room and therefore decides to take things in her own hands. She also finds that awaiting her favorite novelist are two other folk [Orson and Luther from the Luther Kite trilogy by Blake Crouch] who share a burning desire to meet him as well and this turns out to be a great learning experience for Lucy. This was the best story in the entire collection for me.Read more ›
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