- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press (October 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193329387X
- ISBN-13: 978-1933293875
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,494,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Shipp (Sheep and Wolves) offers readers a tightly written story of suspense and occult horror. Nicholas believes that he has been cursed, and he is not alone; his eccentric love interest, Cicely, is convinced that the fate of the world depends on her possession of a tennis ball. As their loved ones express skepticism, Nicholas and Cicely seek out other curse victims, including accident-prone Abby and reluctant mentor Kin. Though at first the curses seem mere delusions, it soon becomes clear that a malevolent entity called Pete is amusing itself by tormenting them. Abby's fatalism, Nick's self-hatred and Pete's power and ruthlessness hamper their efforts to find curse-free lives. Using Nicholas's idiosyncratic voice and fondness for lists, Shipp effectively conveys the claustrophobic world of people caught up in events beyond their control. (Nov.)
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Top customer reviews
Your life is no longer recognizable, every detail corrupted by unknown forces. The harder you struggle, the more you suffer. Your words mean nothing, your actions backfire, and one by one everybody you know is sucked down with you. You are: 1) Nick 2) cursed 3) afraid all the time That's because: a) someone or b) something is after you with a vengeance. Even with the help of other cursed people, you don't stand a chance because you're all, you know, cursed. That means you and everyone you know will: 1) suffer 2) die 3) amuse your tormentor That is, unless you figure out how to manipulate the person behind this and turn their power against them. Check your list a second time because they're probably on it. The only thing left to do is scratch them off.
Cursed was my first Bizarro book, although I didn't realize until recently that it actually belonged in the genre.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the humour in it, but the ending really blew me away. I really can't be more specific because I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read the book yet, but there's a part that I found extremely surprising and moving, it literally took my breath away. Very gorgeous and unexpected ending coming at the end of this sort of lighthearted story.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for something unusual and interesting. I loved it enough that I will definitely be buying another copy to replace the one I lost.
Readers who enjoy cult-fiction authors similar (style) to Chuck Palahniuk and Ron Cooper, will love Shipp's writing. It's outside the box, modern and pushes the traditional limits of story structure, but by doing so opens the world that keeps reading and writing interesting. Shipp has a modern, contemporary voice and style that is humorous, quirky while at the same time possesses a conscious and deliberate timing. He is in control of the chaos he creates and because of this, it works in a number of ways. The comedic relief is impeccable and never reduces the seriousness of the plot or cheapens the characters.
In case I'm not being clear enough here, let me say this: `Cursed' is fantastic and I loved it.
Every day, the main character, Nick, is slapped in the face. His friend, Cicely, must hold a tennis ball in her hand. If she lets it go, the world will end. Abby's family is gone, wiped from reality. All of these occurences are being manipulated by someone, a shadowy figure who remains as much a mystery by the end as he/she/it is in the beginning, and those three must find out who is behind their curses as well as how to reverse them.
Along the way, we're treated to a host of unique, quirky characters with depth and emotions (though sometimes too much emotion ... there's a lot of crying and weeping going on is this story) who we come to care about and root for. This book is more about personal redemption and finding one's true self at its core, with some horrific happenings that will keep the reader in suspense through the dizzying final act. Refreshing, immensly enjoyable, and just a little bit bizarre at time, 'Cursed' is a must-read.
The ending manages to tie up all the weird, wild, horrifying, and wonderful plot threads in a satisfying knot. I am looking forward to rereading Cursed just so I can pick up on all the things I surely missed the first time through.
I give this book six stars but the scale only goes up to five.
Here's the extra one: *