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Rage and Redemption In Alphabet City Paperback – November 3, 2015
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About the Author
Amy Grech has sold over one hundred stories and three poems to various anthologies and magazines including Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Expiration Date, Fear on Demand, Funeral Party 2, Inhuman Magazine, Needle Magazine, Reel Dark, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space & Time, The Horror Within, Under the Bed, and many others. A number of her stories have been collected in Blanket of White. She has a story forthcoming in Detectives of the Fantastic, Volume II. A member of the Horror Writers Association, Amy lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her website: http://www.crimsonscreams.com. Follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/amy_grech.
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Normally I get bored with reading but this entire book is ordered just right and has excellent tension and humor and is written in a way that made me feel like I was right inside the story. It's very good!!!
I wanted to like Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City, I actually wanted to love it, but this one just didn't live up to expectations. I was surprised since a number of my friends and other reviewers gave this collection rather high marks.
The book begins with the longer title story called, Rage and Redemption In Alphabet City. Blue Balls - most of us know what they are, but it also happens to be the name of a drink Trevor finds young Ruby consuming in a bar in the East Village. The story is steeped in sexual tension and climaxes much the way such a tale would be expected to end. In addition to Blue Ball, the other chapter titles include Marooned, Whodunit, Candy Apple Red, You're So Vain, and Fright Night.
.38 Special - An intense story of a cheating wife and Russian Roulette.
Cold Comfort - More bad decisions being made in an East Village bar. This time a married man has a fling with a possessive woman and needs to have his wife, an NYC police officer, get him out of a jam.
Prevention - Two brothers who are decidedly different. A story which sheds light on the age-old issue of nature vs. nurture.
Hoi Polloi Cannoli - My favorite title of the collection. A tale of...
...the Big Kahuna's Feast, a veritable cornucopia of decadent delights, where any food and drink participants desire can be had for four glorious hours. Not a minute more, not a minute less, just the right amount of time for the Chosen to taste tantalizing tidbits and relish the experience to the fullest. The Gathering has several firm rules designed to discourage constant chaos. With that in mind, Big Kahuna decrees the following: The moment the Golden Tickets fall from a secret compartment above the stage and drift downward, swaying this way and that, each and every Villager must stop where they stand and raise their hands. They are only allowed to use their arms and hands to reach for a Golden Ticket, no hitting, punching, scratching, or slapping other Villagers will be tolerated...
In many ways, this story was reminiscent of The Hunger Games as one of the characters states...
"Whether the odds are in her favor."
A sly nod to the popular series. As much as I liked this story, it was so predictable. I saw the twist coming from miles away.
While the stories themselves are OK, I didn't find any of them compelling. On top of that was the large number of error that should have been caught in proofreading. Any book that's been out for more than a year should not have these types of errors. I'm not going to list them all, but a few include this like "Daddy bits his lower lip." (bites), "I'd rather not to bring my work home with me." (drop to), and "She blow more smoke rings in Trevor's face." (blew). There were many more, but you get my point. Writers, remember, spell-check is no substitute for a good proofreader.
I likely would have given the collection four stars if it wasn't for the above.
The author, Amy Grech, is an incredibly nice person, dedicated to her craft, and passionate about the genre. Part of the blame here must lie with the publisher, New Pulp Press and this line in their submissions policy, "Your work should be fully edited in the sense that you have done all that is necessary and possible to make you work polished, literate and error free." The least they could contribute would be a proofreader.
If an occasional lapse in grammar doesn't bother you, then I recommend this collection.
Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City is published by New Pulp Press and is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
From the author's bio - Amy Grech has sold over 100 stories and poems to various anthologies and magazines. She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
I expected a collection of short stories but I was wrong. The first tale: 'Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City' is a dark and seedy tale about sex and murder and is probably as long as a novella, but broken up into six parts. Just when I thought I knew where this one was going and 'Boom', it wasn't what I thought. Great stuff!
'.38 Special' was a very noir style story about Russian roulette. It is short and punchy and just what this reader was looking for after the previous tale.
'Cold Comfort' and particularly 'Prevention' (another favourite) were great. the latter was a darkly humorous tale of a sibling rivalry which was a little unexpected but very entertaining. 'Hoi Polloi Cannoli' was perhaps my least favourite of the collection, but that doesn't mean it was a bad story. It was a sort of dystopian-horror that looked at the class divide between people, and although it didn't have zombies in it, I kept on thinking about George A. Romero's movie from a few years back 'Land of the Dead' where the divide between the classes was the main focus of the story. The stories that came before it were great and this one was solid also. It's great to see a writer not afraid to experiment with other ideas and it was a nice way to finish the collection with something different from the stories that came before.
Overall I really enjoyed this collection. The stories are all well-written, with interesting characters and are often humorous, dark an sexy!
I will definitely be checking out any future works from Amy Grech. Recommended reading :-)
The other stories include ".38 Special", a story of love, betrayal, sex, and a dangerous game of Russian Roulette; "Cold Comfort" about Jack and the Fatal Attraction-like relationship he ends up in after a night of drinking, although the story is anything but predictable; and "Prevention" about a woman's relationships with her grown sons and the results of those problematic relationships. Amy Grech is a fantastic storyteller with a vivid imagination.
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