- Paperback: 98 pages
- Publisher: JournalStone (December 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942712820
- ISBN-13: 978-1942712824
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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X's For Eyes Paperback – December 11, 2015
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"This gonzo book-of-everything is delivered by the very capable hands of Laird Barron." - John DeNardo for Kirkus Reviews (December 2015 Must-Read Speculative Fiction Books)
"...the Tooms boys are age 14 and 12, respectively, and are already accomplished at boozing, whoring and killing. They're like some kind of midnight reflection of the Hardy Boys or Johnny Quest and Hadji. If you ever thought The Venture Brothers needed more horror and less Star Wars references, then this is the book for you." Stu Horvath for Unwinnable
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“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.
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.
Btw, there is plenty of signature dark and crazy nastiness in this one as well, so don’t get me wrong. This ain’t no comedy.