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As said by others, this is a meeting of Venture Brothers and HBO. Its all very tongue in cheek with many homages to Hardy Boys, Johnny Quest, and the other absurd teen duo series. There's also a Mythos tie-in as well (I would not call it cosmic horror).
It is campy and revels in its campiness.
I did not like it.
The antagonists are so young that their bad boy sexual exploits, boozing, and drugs are comedic. The dialog so bloated that it doesn't read like conversation but lists of slang from media of bygone ages. I know the intention was pulpy nostalgia, but it was not for me.
I knew what I was getting into based on previous reviews, and intended to support a writer I enjoy.
“Set in the 1950s, X’s for Eyes follows the pulp-cosmic horror misadventures of Macbeth (14) and Drederick Tooms (12), scions of a Machiavellian corporate family."
The narrative itself is beautifully written and the entire story only suffers, if at all, from an avalanche of cheekiness. You'll hardly believe the two brothers, Mac and Dred, are as young as described, considering their proclivities. Or when they're emotionally distraught. When the reader needed to grasp the emotional hook for dramatic tension, it was sometimes hard to tell when the protagonists cared most or felt real loss. Perhaps it's been their lifelong training to inherit the villainous family empire that keeps them cool or the ruthless detachment of their family, in general. As protagonists, their primary attachment seems to be to each other and no one else because no one else can be trusted. Regardless, the entire read is a wild adventure lanced through with bizarre super-science and ruthless operators. I strongly recommend reading this novella in one sitting—something I'll have to do in the future—in order to get a comfortable grasp on the various opposing families and their alliances.
I liked it. I think it ended right in time. I am not sure it would have worked if he made it 200 pages, 80 was just enough. If you appreciate Barron for the way he puts his words together and enjoy his characters then you will like this book.
The main characters are younglings, but they exude masculinity in a way that is really annoying and unbeliviable. The plot confuses me at times, and feels too pulpy. I feel like its attached to his other work, and to fully appreciate this i'd have to read it once he released all the work attached to the Tooms family, (a lineage that appears in other work) and be able to comprehend as it appeals to the whole.
Otherwise, i was just dissapointed. It lacks the character development and appreciation of his best short stories. Sorry Baird.
Vivid characters, weird situations, strange history, and shadowy madness.
Might seem a bit pricey for a novella, but you are paying for quality.
I would love to see a full fledged novel or more stories involving the Tooms brothers.
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