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- Print Length: 227 pages
- Publisher: Chophouse Books; 1 edition (October 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017CJ1SE8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To be honest, I bought Fresh Cuts only for Robert Bevan's contribution to the collection. I'm a big fan of his Critical Failures series, and wasn't about to miss out on a related short story. Bevan's "Cockfightin'" was a departure from all the other Critical Failures since it features a couple of the newer characters, rather than the original group. But it was just as entertaining and well worth the purchase price of the whole collection. I'm not sure how someone who has never been exposed to the other books in the Critical Failures series might view this story... out of all the stories in Fresh Cuts, it seems like it is the one most in need of a greater familiarity to the world it takes place in if it is to be fully appreciated. As someone who is familiar with the other books in the Critical Failures series, I enjoyed this mini adventure and appreciated the added development to Dennis/ Denise and Randy's characters. Randy is quickly becoming a favorite character of mine, and I'm hoping for other, similar short stories that break away from the original gang.
The other stories in Fresh Cuts were a pleasant surprise. I feel like it's an odd collection of stories to group together, with genres ranging from science fiction to horror, to the supernatural, and then to comedy/ fantasy with "Cockfightin'." This was a plus rather than a minus, as I never quite knew what to expect as I began each story. There are so many of incredibly entertaining stories in this collection. Many of worlds and characters were so fascinating and complex that I was left incredibly disappointed that they only existed in short stories, rather than full novels.
Some of these stories are pretty twisted and I wonder what kind of drugs these authors share to keep that imaginative edge going. The creepiest story, by far, was the teenage paranormal tale by Joan Reginaldo that took place in the Philippines. It made me laugh, pause, and think for many hours afterwards. This became a major problem though since I read this in the late hours, which messed up my sleep schedule. Maybe I should have taken the book's description more seriously.
The most hilarious story was by Robert Bevan. What was set up to look like a fantasy version of a Gladiator epic story, the author totally derailed it by witty, WTF moments. I will never look at goblins or "teamwork" the same way again. Well done.
Overall, I highly recommend for the excellent diversity in writing styles and storylines. I look forward to reading the next compilation - there has to be a sequel, the title says it's "the breaking volume," right?
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