- File Size: 2857 KB
- Print Length: 221 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EA9IW3E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Midnight Guests and Other Weird Stories Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Well I have to tell you that I found myself quite pleased with my impulsiveness for a change. I have been treated to a group of stories that display a wonderful imagination, creativeness and thought. My goodness! I have to tell you that I found all of these stories to be extremely creepy in a “good grief” sort of way. Each story is a quick read and the book in its entirety is ideal to have handy late at night when you just need a quick reading fix.
Now this writer has the makings of a very fine author and story teller. Yes, you can tell that this is her first group of stories but I am telling you that it is far, far better than most first tries I have encountered over the past 65 years of reading. Despite a few fumbles here and there she overall pulls it off. Yes, there are flaws here and there but these flaws are the type that will eventually go away as the author hones her craft. I suspect that we will be seeing more of this story teller in the future.
Now all of this is coming form a person who is not particularly fond of this genre. I feel that those who do enjoy a regular diet of this sort of thing will enjoy it even more than I did. Hey, years ago I read ‘The Amityville Horror” when I lived in an old creepy house in Virginia...right on the water...and I still am not over that and still imagine I see pig’s eyes watching me through the window late at night!
Very much recommend you give this one a try. I am giving this five stars simply because I was entertained throughout and after all...that is one of my main reason for reading these days.
Amy Michelle Mosier certainly has a talent for writing. A lot of the stories DID have a twilight zone feel to them. Also, if you are looking for blood, gore and torture porn, this is not for you. These are well written and creepy short stories. Although I do not mind a gory tale myself, some people substitute that for story. I hate stories that have no story, just blood and gore.
Being an Arizona native, I loved that all of the stories are set in Arizona. Sure, books set in Maine can be creepy,but the desert can be creepy and lonely as well. Her love and knowledge of Arizona really shows, and to someone like me who has lived here all my life, I can appreciate it.
I would have given this book five stars, my only critique would be that some of the stories could have been shorter, while others I wish had been longer, mainly because I enjoyed them so much. This book was very well edited as well as written, I did not notice a single typo in the whole book.
One of my favorite stories was Skull Valley, which was written like you were reading the daily journal of the main character. Also, I did not even realize that its a real place until I read the story. Extremely well done and thought out. I hope she does a sequel to this. If she does, I will buy it.
Some of the stories left me very unsatisfied and I get what the author was aiming for, mysteries are less chilling if they are explained. For some stories it fits, like the "Hidden Canyon" (which I enjoyed) but not for all like the "Chimera". "Salazar's Flamenco Dancer" is the story that I found the least satisfying, it didn't seem to have a point. Yeah, a bunch of people died because of this painting...and?
I liked that the stories include different characters of various ethnicities and ages. Some stories lost my interest like Skull Valley, I don't know why but I just couldn't push through it.
"Old Billy" was one of my favourites because I wasn't sure where it was going but I was more than happy to follow and find out. The ending left a bit of mystery but it was satisfying because you understood what was happening. You don't know where it came from but at least you understand how it works. Hidden Canyon was also another favourite, I enjoyed the ending the most. There was just something nice about the conclusion about how the newcomers were so excited about this thing and later become horrified by it, but the Natives knew better and was competitively unaffected by it.
One thing strikes me as odd, "The Bells of San Xavier" and "The Ballad of Red Feather" were poems. Poems are fine ( I'm just not a poem person), it just seems weird to have poems in a book of short stories that are a mixture of SciFi and Horror.
Over all, I would recommend this book to a friend because it is an interesting read
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