Along the Splintered Path Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : August 9, 2014
- File Size : 327 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 103 pages
- Publisher : Crossroad Press; Dark Continents Digital Edition (August 9, 2014)
- ASIN : B00MKHT41M
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1511499214
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,804,521 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is madness contained in this book, and the insanity is interwoven with darkness. Trust me.
The first story entitled Phillip's Story is actually my favorite. It involves a homeless man and two "wanna be" robbers. The story is just a teaser into this "darkness" I've been telling you about, a teaser intermingled with the soft heartedness of Phillip, a homeless man, as he struggles to come to grips with a sudden onslaught of wealth that has come into his possession. The reason I love this story is that it shows so much heart in the midst of terrible darkness.
The second story entitled `Round These bones entails a man's journey after receiving very bad news from his wife. In fact, the news can't get much worse than what she tells him. At a rented cabin intended to be their second honeymoon, the main character James is blinded by heartfelt pain. He leaves the cabin in his vehicle. What he doesn't realize is that bad luck is coming in the form of cutting instruments, stalled car engines, and one heck of an appetite. I can't say more without giving it away.
The Woodshed is a story that seems like an onion to me, in that it is multilayered. As you turn each page, a little more of the outer layer of onion is removed. You go through the usual layers of intrigue and plot and subplot, just like a good read is supposed to go.
Then something goes horribly wrong, but in a good way. Author AJ Brown doesn't end this story when you think it's going to; the layers just don't stop. They just keep coming and coming, getting deeper and darker. As the story's plot continues to open up, page by page, the darkness almost blossoms as the layers of petals unfold in your mind. It's a creepy feeling.
The Woodshed is like that. It's like an onion, as I've said. But it's also like a multilayered flower exploding in slow-motion within your mind. You won't know what I'm writing about until you think you near what you think is going to be the conclusion of The Woodshed. You'll think you're at the end, that they'll be a nice and orderly bowtie-ending. But there isn't. By the time you hit this part of the story, the nightmare is just beginning.
These three stories comprise an awesome descent into darkness! If you like to delve into horror from time to time, this is a must-read.
This book was a surprise, well written and a touch of Stephen King. Each story was quite different, and all were intriguing and at times disturbing. I enjoyed 'Phillip's story' the most - a gentler although still sad story. Truth be told none of the stories will renew your faith in mankind, but all will draw you in and make you wonder.
All in all, a great read. Am glad I stumbled across it and bought it.