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RJ Astruc lives in New Zealand and has written two novels: Harmonica + Gig and A Festival of Skeletons. RJ’s short stories have appeared in many magazines including Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, ASIM, Aurealis and Midnight Echo.
on July 24, 2013 :
These stories are for mature audiences only. The characters, plots and themes are very graphic, perverse at times, shockingly so. But the writing is so good, that you find yourself flitting through the stories effortlessly, accepting one outrageous thing after another. You’re eager to turn the page to find out what grotesquely captivating character the author will dream up next. I am a traditional Sci-Fi reader, but this is exceptionally imaginative, well written, and (no offense intended) deeply disturbing. The sum is even greater than the parts and delivers something that is hugely entertaining. This author, RJ Astruc, deserves high praise for his efforts. I would like to read more stuff like this. His world deserves its own novel, if there isn't one already.
(reviewed long after purchase)