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on April 19, 2013 :
Terrible; badly written and a completely uninteresting story.
The characters are stiff and unreal, language use is sometimes weird, there is no good flow to the story, it is disorganised and unoriginal, the ending is just random (I think it's meant to be funny... or shocking, I'm really not sure).
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 06, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author, through LibraryThings; an honest review was requested.
“Prudence & the Indelibly Edible Holiday Gift” by Amanda Lawrence Auverigne is another fine example of this author’s talent for turning an entirely “normal” short story into a ghastly horror with just a few sentences of “twist” at the end. In this tale Prudence relates a typical family gathering at Christmas time. She describes the opening of presents, the excessive consumption of foodstuffs, the imbibing of adult beverages from a box, the ubiquitous gossipy aunt with an opinion about everything, and the puerile uncle who believes the correct answer to any comment is a loud belch. In other words, the “every family” Christmas gathering.
Amanda has written quite a number of short stories. I’ve only read a couple others, but they were also nice little short stories that turned to horror at the end. I have a few more of her stories yet to read; I hope they will follow this same format, because that little jolt of the sudden incongruous conclusion really gets the old heart pumping! If you enjoy having your horror thrust upon you with little or no warning, this is one story you will enjoy. I suspect this is also one author you will come to enjoy, if she continues to follow this format as I expect she will. I’m going out on a limb to say I will recommend anything written by Amanda Lawrence Auverigne.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
Grammatically speaking, this book was sub-par. There were a lot of run-on sentences and repetition. From a creative standpoint, the author has an awesome imagination. The story was unpredictable, though the conflict didn't occur until page 17 out of 25, so the beginning of the book did seem to drag. The ending seemed very abrupt, though like I said, it was totally unpredictable. I am looking forward to reading more of this author's work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)