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S. Gates was born in March, 1985, and has been fascinated with words practically ever since. Currently, they live and work in the wilds of suburban Atlanta with their spouse, a cat, and a roommate. Interests include speculative fiction, horror, and merfolk.
on July 06, 2014 :
As the two existing reviews are from people who know the author, I will tell you I don't know the author, I stumbled across the work and picked it up for free (you set the price = 0.00).
There is a lot of indeterminate identity stuff going on in this work, I was maybe half way through the work before I realized just how much, there are crazy mixed up, people and 'Gods', in the same way that some people you probably know are mixed up.
What makes this work good, is that both the people and the not people are real, every personality is struggling through an event, and neither they nor you know how it is going to turn out.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Jan. 25, 2014 :
I'm not a very good reviewer, so I'll just say what I liked here, and admit that while I'm biased as I know the author, I tried to read impartially.
While the use of second person present tense was jarring to me at first, the author is talented enough in both those somewhat unusual stylistic choices that I was drawn into it despite myself. The use of evocative language was done well, being descriptive and vibrant without quite being purple.
The plot was interesting and while I had some idea where it was going, the ending still managed to surprise me. I can't go into too much detail there without spoiling, so I won't.
If you're not into surreal horror, however, this probably isn't for you. Although in that case, I'm not sure why you'd be buying it in the first place, since the blurb is pretty clear that that's present...
Anyway, I'd recommend this to any fans of the genre, and have already talked to a couple of my friends about it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 18, 2014 :
I will admit to being unnaturally biased towards this book. The author is a good friend of mine, and asked me to read and review their book for them.
So, I did. And I loved it.
The book itself is short. Around 60 pages and only available through several online sources as an ebook, but that didn’t stop me from reading it of course. When the author puts it t print, I will definitely purchase a copy myself.
Gates does a wonderful job at putting so much of a story into such a short book, and had me theorizing and wondering and exclaiming at each new thing presented and explained. I don’t get that with books often!
Another thing that’s great about this book is the main character, Douglas. A trans* individual, thrown into something utterly awful and otherworldly. Poor thing never saw it coming.
Gates mixes traditional Lovecraftian horror with something akin to the meticulously planned affairs of the fae courts, and I definitely want to know more about the creatures in their story and what happens to Douglas and everyone he knew.
Rating: Highschool level, at the least. It’s very graphic and has a few very triggering things in it that some people may not be comfortable with. (suicide, spiders, trypophobia, scropophobia, gore, tentacles, this book is not for the squeamish I promise you)
Highly recommended though, if you can spare $3, I suggest buying it and giving it a good read!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)