!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
“Oh, propriety,” says Mrs Benjamin. “We’re always so concerned with propriety. Even in total madness, we still stick to our hierarchies and chains of command.”
This one feels like if the Fallout game series was written by someone whose idea of fun is to write urban Clthulu-esque horror/science fiction. I want to devour it, marry it, and make it my book husband, right alongside John Dies @ the End. I want them to be my sisterwife-husbands.
This is an amazing work of almost unparalleled excellence, and I am shocked that I had to find this one on my own. Guys! There needs to be something for people to know that this one is one of the best that the bizarre genre has to offer. Count on Orbit, the publisher, to distribute yet another piece of genius written by a relative unknown that, BOOM, blows other things out of the water like everyone else is writing goddamned candy grams on starburst wrappers.
Our main character is Mona, an older, bad-ass woman (yay!) who used to be a police officer and married. She... is no longer on both counts. Oh, she also has a grudge against her deceased father and she unequivocally dislikes the hell out of him.
She reminds me of Cybil Bennett and I want her gun and intimidation skills now. Hey - maybe the author's ACTUALLY Cybil Bennett? ..C'mon, can't a girl dream?
It is common, but oft-misunderstood that she settled for Harry's bitch-ass. Girl please, Cybil was FAR too fly to settle down with someone whose gun skills were so... poorly.
Mona discovers that she has to reach a town that is supposedly non-existent on every map ever made, and must decide if she wants to stay and live there, all ready for discovering her late-mother's roots and if she can move on from her own personal strifes. Little does she know that Lovecraft got a hold of the script that is her life and wrote some... interesting additions to her simple plan.
Wink, the town in question, seems like(since we're talking about Fallout here) the black-and-white level that looks like a Leave it to Beaver episode gone fucky. And we all know where THAT goes.
Meanwhile, some people who run a drug ring are encountering some real issues with the podunk desert town that they get their supply from - the odd rituals that they have to do in order to get the okay from their mysterious supplier are causing more and more of a strain on the men and women associated with the drug trafficking. When something catastrophic occurs, they are forced to wonder if all of the insanity is really worth that sweet, sweet, easy money.
This is all really just touching the top layer to the weirdness.
So, what's REALLY going on here?
I mean, the cover looks... well...
It's sort of just dumb and ugly. I think it's, ah, growing on me, but it looks stoopid, if I can be clear. In spite of that, just buy this one if you're a fan of the strange. Thank me later for the good, solid read.
Flaws? Get that weak shit out of here. I want to live in Wink, bitch.