The Aberration Kindle Edition
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Their only hope is one of their colleagues, who is more than he seems, and whose returning memory of years of facing the Others may be their only chance of survival.
This is a cracking read, a tight thrill-ride that leaves you wanting more. The style of writing is more Koontz than King, though, with the kind of gooey bloodbath that compares to the gruesome fates in Phantoms and more.
It is a novella - so on the short side, we don't get to dwell too long with these characters here, which is really the only shame. Other Bard Constantine books return to this world, though, so consider it a taste of the setting that leaves you licking your fingers and wanting more.
Chaos, indeed, is what wordsmith Bard Constantine creates when he describes the opening scenes of this tight-knit horror thriller. I really, truly enjoy Constantine's writing style, and am glad to have found his works online. <i>The Aberration</i> is beautifully horrific, even sometimes lyrical in its creepiness. Yet it's got blood splatter and dead body splatter galore, a suicide, a near deserted flour mill factory in a freak rainstorm, more freakiness in the form of faceless Others trying to get inside, and a motley cast of 2nd shift workers on the inside trying to get out.
Not only did I enjoy the fast-paced action of this horror fest, which didn't slow down from the get-go, I also enjoyed the characters and their interactions with one another. The boyfriend Michael who longs to get back to his Barbie-doll girlfriend. The frumpy secretary Fran, secretly in love with Michael and staying extra hours just to get a chance to speak to him. The procedure-paranoid plant manager, who makes the bad call to keep the plant open, despite an employee faceplanting off the building into the parking lot and a murder of crows hanging out and lending general spookiness throughout. And of course, the enigmatic Guy Mann, a worker at the mill but also so much more, as he hides behind an everyman character; his true purpose being some mysteroius and eternal mission to combat appearances by the Aberration.
One of my favorite sequences, because I love bad asses:
<i>Michael stared. “What—what the hell? Why would you bring an entire arsenal of guns to work every day?”
Guy slung the duffel bag over his shoulder. “Never hurts to be ready.”
He offered one of the pistols. Michael held it gingerly, like a titanium-plated rattlesnake. “Ready for what?”
Guy looked up from his task of clipping a raven-engraved knife to the back of his belt. The blade was almost as long as a machete. “You know. Killing things.”</I>
This is an exceptionally well-written tale. Wonderfully lucid insights, elegantly written: “The television uttered garbled idioms, the pictures flickered and distorted as indistinct figures shouted and gestured wildly. Carefully calculated avatars reported opinion in the guise of fact, propaganda for the lemmings who leaped off cliffs of credibility at their request.” The author portrays his characters realistically, with believable detail.
There are a handful of typos (no more than you’d expect these days from a traditionally published novel, to be honest). Minor enough not to detract from an action-packed plot.
Horror? Madness? You’ll need to judge for yourself.
The pacing is almost frenetic throughout. After the initial development stage, in which i include certain revelations and the manner in which all the characters react and the antagonists are revealed to them, the action is literally non stop.
The ending leaves room for a series of stories should the author be so inclined as to write a follow up to this work.
All in all, while i dont know that this review does the book justice, i do know that any fan of horror will absolutely love this book. I did, and i mark this down as something i thought sounded cool actually far exceeding my expectations. A definite must read!
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We start out at home with Guy and Michael. They both work at the mill on the night shift.Read more