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bang: an apocalypse Paperback – February 16, 2011
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Mason "Tailsteak" Williams is a webcomic artist, board and card game designer, and authour from London, Ontario. This is his first novel.
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There is one warning I would like to give about this book: It was over too soon!
It really deserves a sequel or two in order to salve my greed for more of Mr. Williams style of writing. It contains well thought out snappy dialogue and intelligent writing. This book was like a full course of Kobe beef with white chocolate cheesecake for desert at a fine dinner theater after a steady diet of reruns of Dukes of Hazard and late night Cheetos with Lite Beer. The sheer irreverence of the plot was hugely refreshing and a joy to read.
Mr. Williams, if you need a place to hide from the LDS, the FBI, or the hordes of Possessed there is a place for you here in Tulsa. I'll stock up on Twinkies and MRE's so we can wait out the Eschaton in comfort!
P.S. More books please!
Tailsteak's writing can be a bit verbose and formal. Maybe even stilted and awkward at times, like something written by someone with very mild Asperger's Syndrome. This is fine, and very easily forgiven, because he's also one of the most vigorous, funny, and interesting minds I've ever been entertained by.
Bang: An Apocalypse explores what the end if the world could look like if the bible were actually true. The whole thing. Even the weird bits that nobody ever pays attention to. Specifically, it focuses on the end bits. As in the Book of Revelations, and the End of the World. As such, it might not be recommended for any Christians who are uninterested in the exploration of ideas, who are closed-minded, and who are uninterested in seeing things from a refreshingly clever perspective.
Bang: An Apocalypse is a short, funny, horrifying, biting, insightful, subversive novella that kept me happily reading to the very last page. My complements to the author for a high-quality first book, I hope it takes off and gains a wide readership.
The book follows Sandra Ovis from a date gone wrong, to being kidnapped by a demon, shot at by Mormons, held hostage by bank robbers, brainwashed by a cult, and of course triggering the end of the world. I particularly liked the demon characters, and Tailsteak's depiction of hell.
In spite of what the back cover says, this is a novella, not a novel. You can finish it in one sitting. It's a lot of fun though, and well worth reading. I've never read anything by Tailsteak that I didn't enjoy. Books usually don't make me laugh out loud, but this one did on multiple occasions. There is a little awkward writing and plotting, but that's to be expected from a vanity book, and especially someone's first book, and there's no denying that Tailsteak is a better writer than I am. I thoroughly recommend it.
If you enjoy stuff like Supernatural or the Sleepy Hollow series, you will love this.
As a fan (not so much a believer) of the Bible, it has occurred to me to wonder what if all that stuff were really true? Not just the bits that fundamentalists like to quote, but also the other bits that most people have no idea exist. This book addresses some of those with alarming directness.
An entertaining and satisfying read.