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Amanda Lawrence Auverigne writes horror, humor and dark fantasy fiction.
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on Jan. 28, 2012 :
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for reading and reviewing it.
I really wanted to like “Up in the Attic”. The stories promised to be interesting, with a holiday theme perfect for the time of the year. However, there were some serious flaws in this book that made it a difficult, and ultimately, not very memorable read.
The book contains seven stories, all with a somewhat dark element, not quite reaching horror. Two of the seven, “Crunch” and “Meeting with the Fam” had good potential. A third, “The Holiday Lift” ended just when the story got interesting. The others were completely forgettable.
This book needed some serious editing. The overall style was full of short, choppy sentences which destroyed any hope of a smooth flow of any of the stories. The author uses some unusual phrases and descriptions which were distracting and got annoying after a while. For example, no one ever “sits down”. Every character “lowers their form” into whatever seat.
Additionally, characters sometimes change names in the middle of the story, and then change back again, leaving the reader very confused until they manage to figure it out. Describing a character as “the middle-aged man” works fine the first time … the reader gets a picture of the character in mind. When the same description is used to refer to the character in each of the next few paragraphs, it becomes quite irritating and spoils the story.
I was very disappointed with this collection, as I had expected something more ready for publication, especially considering Ms. Auverigne has several other collections/stories available. It is unlikely I will be trying any of the others, which is a pity, because she has some good ideas in this collection, which unfortunately were never truly realized.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2012 :
These are great little short stories featuring a dark side about Christmas. I enjoyed reading it.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on Jan. 09, 2012 :
This was a collection of 7 short stories-all set around the Christmas holiday. I waited until after the holidays to read them because some of them had were a little dark. My favorite was the first story because of the twist in the ending. A lot of the stories did have a quirky twist that was kind of interesting. My biggest problem with this book so the numerous typos and sometimes the characters names would be changed from one paragraph to the next. I had to take a break between each of these stories because I felt the author was a little bit too descriptive in some parts.
I received this ebook for free through LibraryThing member giveaways. Although no review was requested, I still chose to write my honest review.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Jan. 02, 2012 :
I had a hard time reading this book due to the choppy and overly descriptive (but not in a good way) writing style. The ideas of these stories were OK but it took a while to get to the actual story due to the descriptions of everything! I felt like I was reading a scene designer's notes rather than a tale. I really wanted to enjoy this book, especially being a member giveaway, but I just had a hard time reading it. Read about 65% of this book.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Dec. 31, 2011 :
Received an ebook copy of book. There were two stories that I really enjoyed and the rest either were just kind of blah or seemed way to short. I did not like how back was referred to as spine throughout every story and the use of the other medical descriptions of body parts. One or two stories with it would have been fine. It seemed like the descriptions of all the holiday stuff throughout the stories were the same. Got me in the holiday spirit though.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2011 :
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for reviewing it. This review contains my honest opinion about the book.
I thought it was an interesting read, especially at Christmas time. The short stories all have a Christmas theme. They aren't exactly horror or ghost stories, but they were a little on the creepy side. Some seemed to end too soon. If you like the genre, it's a good, quick read. I like the genre and I liked the stories, some more than others.
Two of the stories really stick out in my mind. The Gingerbread Massacre is one. Find out what happens when a department store has a somewhat hostile takeover and changes the baker that does the annual gingerbread Christmas display. It's a fun, but macabre story. The other I really liked was The Holiday Lift. I actually found this story to be quite a warm story, but it had a heck of a twist at the end that left me wanting to hear more of the story.
This is a good book for those who like short, macabre stories. It doesn't need to be read just at Christmas. It's a good read any time.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Dec. 10, 2011 :
I hate writing these kinds of reviews. The author was nice enough to let me read this for free via a librarything giveaway, but I just don't like it. It didn't help my attention and I gave up a few stories in. Not my type of stories, I suppose.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 27, 2011 :
This book was disappointing. The author liked to use certain words over and over and over again. Did not make it through the entire book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)