- File Size: 930 KB
- Print Length: 89 pages
- Publication Date: February 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C2TQ0BE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Squirrel Bait (Chip's Dollar Dreadfuls Book 1) Kindle Edition
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First, I should point out the blurb is fantastic. I had the honor of beta reading this book and the surprising pleasure of having my name used as a character as well. My view might be a bit skewed because of that, but I do have some pride and would’t dare say something is good just because my name was in it. That being said, this book was good.
I laughed… so many times. Its a bit odd reading a book with so many characters that you know. Maybe not odd, but certainly surreal. I kept picturing their faces when I was reading this book which may have been one of the reasons I was so enthralled with it. The scene with Riley was too funny! Those book destroyers get whats coming to them, thats for sure. And of course the ending where my namesake turns…..you know what? Nevermind, you will need to read it.
There is a darker background to this book. It’s not all over the top were-squirrels. I really appreciated that contrast to the humor. It had equal parts humor and gore. Seriously, you should go read it.
Even with all of the blood and craziness I still felt that the writing lagged in a few places and when that happened I found myself walking away quite a bit. So, that brings it down a little. But, I did enjoy it enough that I picked it back up and finished it, surprised to find that I enjoyed it as much as I did.
This book was strangely a lot of fun and a good laugh. A nice little escape from more serious and developed characters. I will probably never look at a squirrel the same again though, but I would absolutely read more along this line even though it's completely opposite of my normal preference.
This is the story of a library. Well, sort of. You see, when people damage the books in the library, librarian Tonya gets very upset. She doesn’t go into homicidal rages, no, she just becomes very emotional. Her books are her precious. I’m not sure what’s wrong with this town Tonya lives in, but people just seem to walk into the library and damage books for no reason other than they want to. It’s a little odd, but in a book like this, we forgive things like that. Anyway, police reports are filed and the punks names and addresses are logged at the library. But at night, the punks have begun being murdered. Obviously Tonya is the #1 suspect. Oh yeah, and her boyfriend is a cop, so of course that makes things especially awkward.
The way this book started, I honestly thought there would be no plot. That it would literally just be squirrels killing people. However, I was pleasantly surprised when there was a small twist around 20%, and then there was a full backstory as to where the Weresquirrels came from and so on.
This isn’t a deep thinking book. If you’re looking for a literary masterpiece, Chip Davis will probably be the first to tell you that this is not it. This is a humorous horror book, in line with something the Sci-Fi (or is it still Sy-Fi?) channel would produce. But it’s better than Sharknado. I mean, there are murderous squirrels. SQUIRRELS! Tiny, furry, scurrying squirrels. Desecrating people! If you can’t handle comedic violence, stay away.
There were some minor errors that would have been caught by a good proof reading of the book prior to publication, but nothing that will really pull the average reader from the story. It’s a quick read, and for those who like B-movies, this novella will be well worth your 99 cents.
(By the way, the last two pages are THE BEST.)
Chip Davis is a hard nut to crack. I initially discovered his work through IABB’s Confessions. I found his playful cynicisms to be humorous and sometimes helpful, and the way he wrote peaked my curiosity. I went on a hunch and contacted him to see if he was an author or to otherwise let him know that he never failed to make me laugh. As it turns out he is indeed an author. I read his debut work; Trail of the Raven, Haiti. I was blown away, I never expected such seriousness or to be so impassioned by an author who is great at cracking wise.
Squirrel Bait in all of its silliness is exactly what I expected. The reprieve I craved when I initially contacted him. True to his form he did happen to sneak a lesson or two in there; # 1 DO NOT hurt Tonya’s books, and #2 …. Well, you will have to read it to find out.
One of my favorite quotes included a selfless promotional plug; one that only Chip could pull off. “‘Trail of the Raven, Haiti is my favorite! You’re going to love this book so much.’” The manner in which this context was delivered was even funnier, because all of the books are Tonya’s favorite. And Mrs. Addison always replies to her proclamation in the same manner, somewhere exactly along the lines of “They are all your favorite, dear.”
I can’t wait for more of Chip’s dreadful writing.
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