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"I don't know," she told me. "That also looks like it might be highly addictive. There is probably a good reason why they are selling that stuff in the drugstore."
Well - let me tell you - Eric S. Brown's fiction has an AWFUL lot in common with that caramel-coated popcorn.
Number one - Eric S. Brown's fiction is HIGHLY addictive.
I mean it is sticky - as in it will stick to your fingers and to your eyeballs and to your beard if you happen to be wearing one. It will stick inside your mind and it will grow and fester there and before too long you will be dreaming about Bigfoot and Mongolian Death Worms and Skunk Apes and other such wholesome figments of Eric's wonderfully twisted popcorn-brain.
I have had this book on my Kindle for so long that I cannot remember exactly when I picked it up. I was putting off reading it because I was working on my own couple of Bigfoot novels and I didn't want to run the risk of inadvertently copying Eric's fictional style.
Well - let me tell you - Eric S. Brown's fiction is definitely inimitable.
I don't care if you have yourself a truckload of tracing paper, photocopy machines and computer scanners - you are NOT going to be able to imitate Eric's fiction.
This isn't great art or deep, thoughtful literature.
In case you forgot where I started this review - Eric S. Brown writes caramel-coated popcorn.
Think about the freak show at the Carnival.
Think about the funhouse mirrors and the tattooed man and the house of horror.
This particular book that I just read - CRYPTO-SQUAD - is a real kitchen sink of a book - by which I mean Eric tips out his imagination and empties onto the computer screen with every kind of cryptid critter you could imagine going toe-to-hairy-toe with a swarm of scuzzball man-eating zombies.
Yeah, that's right. It is that kind of book. It is meaty and chewy and wet in all the right places. Eric does not fart around. He gets right into the action with Bigfoot stomping on zombies and then he just puts the pedal to the metal and does not let up as he weaves himself a great big old tangle-knot of devil-worship, snake-men, the Jersey Devil, and of course more Bigfoot.
If you love those raunchy old creature-features with Godzilla and the Werewolf and Frankenstein and the Gill-Man and Flying Pterodactyls you ought to pick up this book.
If you dig your horror wet and fun and chewy and shot through with gristly bits - you ought to pick up this book.
Heck - if you dig caramel-coated popcorn - you for sure REALLY ought to pick up this book.
yours in storytelling,
I was very surprised by this book. It's much shorter book than I normally read. (I know it's a comic, but it's longer than most comics, so in that way it's a book) The first half, I decided I didn't like it, but it was short, and I don't like to give up on a book. If I don't like it after I finished it, I just won't read any more like it, meaning any of the others in the series. This was different. It wasn't until things took a turn for the worst, and all the characters were forced to take action, or die. That's when I started becoming interested. Once I got to the climax I was hooked. I loved it and can't wait to read more books like this one!
Written in a comic book style, it's fast action and a easy read. There are a few things I think should have been explained more, and a little back story on the characters would have been nice, but that doesn't diminish the quality of the book, and the characters are great as they are.
The action and characters are entirely comic-book-esque. People die - usually fast and horribly. The why of anything in the paper thin plot and silly literary obsessions like character development are completely ignored in favour of balls to the wall action. This makes reading Brown's work lots of fun - provided you don't think about it more seriously than you would a Saturday morning cartoon. It's crazy, inventive, action packed, comic-book fun. Read and enjoy.