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The Rook Circle Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0163WCXFI
- Publisher : Vamptasy Publishing (October 2, 2015)
- Publication date : October 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 8720 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1517680972
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #990,390 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I can't tell you how it feels to read it any other way, because the easiest and most convenient way to shake off the unease of finishing one of these stories is to jump merrily into the next one... even knowing, every time, that I really probably shouldn't.
Don't misunderstand me; this is a glowing review, even with its references to feeling uneasy and overstuffed. The issue with reading it all at one sitting is that each story is like one of those little dehydrated-sponge-animal-in-a-capsule toys: it looks brightly-colored and unassuming, it goes down easily and pleasantly, and as it begins to expand in your belly you start to wonder if you really should have eaten that after all. Rouner's work is exemplary of that best quality of short stories, each one a snack that will last you all day.
It's not shock-horror or gore-horror or psychological horror in the usual sense. It's unsettlement horror, everyday horror, humdrum horror that's horrible simply because it's easily recognized as true right now, already, more or less, in a way, with qualifications that are just thin enough to be a comfort and not nearly thick enough to keep you from realizing you're lying to yourself about them. They're fast to read and slow to work their way through your thoughts, coiling back on themselves to knot together into a new configuration just when you think you've finally finished with one.
The collection is aptly given its name from a Gaiman story; there's something here of Gaiman's penchant for hiding the mythopoeic in plain sight and painting the plainly-epic as ludicrous, lumbering, awkward, and the better and more-human for it.
The Took Circle is chock full of delicious moments and characters. The first story Underbite is a deceptively simple inversion of a trope. In the wrong hands it would be silly or condescending but Rouner hits all the right notes.
A Senseless Eating Machine is a full speed ahead mechanical horror yarn, made more effective by Rouners knack for imbuing characters with vibrant life in just a few.short pages.
Extra credit for having the stones to name his "all things to all people" generic drive through church set in Houston "Woodlake" in Nevaeh, extra, extra credit for juxtaposing this sterile,superficial religious love with the real deal among a.mismatched trio of young people who ave very little except each other. I expect I will love Lissa Neveah and Dexter for a long time.