Tag: Faint of Heart

Ryan A. Loera – This Abstract Mental Thing | Review

Title: This Abstract Mental Thing

Author: Ryan A. Loera

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 128

Rating 3.5/5

 

 

I’m already familiar with Loera’s poetry because I watch his YouTube channel, Madman Reads and Rocks. This collection is technically three collections in one and I thought it was interesting that when I read it, I read it in his voice.

As the title suggests, his work is both abstract and mental and perhaps not for the faint of heart. But if you’re into experimental free verse stuff, which is basically the only kind of poetry that I like, then you’re in for a treat. As for me, I’m definitely glad that I picked this up and I’d read more Loera poetry.

 

 

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Adrian Baldwin – Stanley McCloud Must Die! | Review

Title: Stanley McCloud Must Die!

Author: Adrian Baldwin

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 368

Rating: 4*/5

 

Adrian Baldwin - Stanley McCloud Must Die!

Adrian Baldwin – Stanley McCloud Must Die!

 

The first thing I have to say about this book is that it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. When Baldwin calls it “dark comedy for grown ups”, he’s not wrong. In fact, his work reminds me of what Irvine Welsh would sound like if he tried to write a sitcom, and there are definitely references to Welsh’s work here right down to a Renton reference and a Scotsman called Dougie who gets up to all sorts of shenanigans.

There is a plot here, but the plot almost comes second to the characters, although both are a lot of fun here. It’s an odd book because there are basically two different story lines taking place at the same time. The first plot follows a chap called Stanley McCloud who’s diagnosed with a terminal illness and who makes a bet with a bookmaker that he’ll live to his next birthday. The problem is that she decides to try to kill him off early so she doesn’t have to pay up.

While all of this is happening, there’s also a second plot which follows a serial killer called the Head Honcho, and that’s kind of why I wanted to read this book. One of his victims is named after me and so I wanted to find out how I died. I wasn’t disappointed. I also read this as part of Todd and Dane’s Indie Readalong, which is an initiative I’m running with a friend over on YouTube.

All in all, this was a fun book and while it started to drag a little near the end, I think that’s just a byproduct of its length. For an indie book, it’s a startlingly well-written and well-edited work that, while it might not be for the mainstream, is a great addition to the indie landscape and one which deserves more readers. Sure, there are trigger warnings for pretty much everything imaginable, but that’s hardly surprising. I mean, I’ve read Baldwin’s work before and this was more of the same. A lot of fun – but also pretty much crazy.

 

Adrian Baldwin

Adrian Baldwin

 

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