First of all, I must say that author Chris DeBrie’s “Shakespeare Ashes” is far from the average, typical book that I usually find myself reading – and honestly, I’d consider this book to be a very ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ for most people out there. That being said, I suppose the fact that the book is so different to my usual tastes is where the allure of the read lies and now that I’ve finished the book, I can definitely say that I’m glad I gave it a chance as it has not only left me impressed due to its sheer creativity and uniqueness, but also with an author name to keep an eye on in anticipation of future releases.
I’m really not sure what, if I had to, genre I would say that this book fits under – it simply really doesn’t fit any typical labels out there and it’s so unpredictable (and somewhat bizarre) that its incredibly hard to foresee what is going to happen next as each chapter progresses into the next. One major aspect that did stand out to me is the author’s sense of humor; it is very, very rare that I find myself laughing out loud at a book, but I couldn’t help but give out a few laughs, especially when it came to the character of Robbie, who I personally think contributes the most substance to the book. Overall, I’m left more than satisfied and certainly entertained. As I mentioned earlier, I think this book will either be a drastic ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ for most people, but I can fortunately say that it has turned out to be a hit with me to the point that I’d be willing to read more by the author soon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)