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Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

I need to get a disclaimer up here right now: The cover of this book possibly my favorite of all time. There’s several wonderful illustrations within, but I picked this book up and read it purely for the cover. It is aesthetically perfect to me- character art, design wise… This thing is not what I expect from a small indie press in the slightest and it is wonderful.

Oh, and the other reason I bought it is because it’s about angel spies in the cold war.

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Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie

Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: Back-cover text. Usually I buy pulp books for their covers, but sometimes a plot sounds exactly like my jam, and I live with the boring painting on the front. It’s a well drawn bike, at least.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A remarkably stupid teen is surprised to find he and many of the other teens from his town are going to a luxury camp retreat for a month. Oddly, all the kids have their birthday in july… and are all 17… and are only children… and once they turn 18, they are never seen again……..

WOULD I RECC TO READ: Go for it.

Review:

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Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Hello! I’ll be doing a PULP BINGE for the next few updates, and feature more pulp in general. I have a bad habit of buying quite a bit of pulp, but I rarely read it- finally, I’m going through my backlog and slamming these guys down!

I’m a major pulp sci-fi/horror fan, so that’s mostly what you’ll be seeing here.

Pulp, if you’re not familiar, is a common name for those short, fat paperbacks that were mostly printed before the late 90s. Pulp as a genre is also notable for often being more ‘trashy’ and not as ‘refined’ as commercial fiction. Quotes because this is not necessarily true in the slightest!

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: The cover! It looks amazing in person, with this weird, shiny overlay (especially on the red eyes). The art is fantastic, the name is attention grabbing, and the back copy/tagline are both really fun. I’m always keen on brainwashing plots and fake-utopias.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A dull rebellious girl moves into a Utopian neighborhood where daily pills and radio signals make every citizen morally pure and essentially the same. Elsewhere, a semi-robot teen hallucinates for half the book.

WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s fun and pulpy, but there’s a lot better of the type.

Review:

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I Would Like To Please Throttle The Entire Cast Of ‘The Cruel Prince’

I Would Like To Please Throttle The Entire Cast Of ‘The Cruel Prince’

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

Honestly, this was a good book that left me in a haze after finishing it, and I totally felt motivated to read it in one short sitting (which I did!) Hell knows the cast is full of complete assholes though, and I want to pummel all of them into the ground, especially the titular Prince Carden.

cruel prince

This is the only way Jude/Carden is an okay ship and if you don’t understand it, you are a better man than me.

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Beacon is a fun, disjointed episodic adventure… until it’s not

Beacon is a fun, disjointed episodic adventure… until it’s not

★★★☆☆

(3 stars)

I don’t know quite how I feel about this. Quick review. I got an ARC for free from the author.

The short of it is this: it’s short. It’s a novella, and feels shorter than one (on my e-reader it was about 100 pages). The story itself is entirely episodic, and contains 4 short adventures. The writing flows generally well and is upbeat, ‘quirky’ and kinda funny (YMMV, it didn’t appeal to me much but was easy to read) (think like percy jackson ‘jokes and fun’ type tone).

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What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

This grade is entirely based on the book, overlooking (most) of the colonialist controversy and all of the author-sex-abuse stuff. It’s just a shite book.

But the above is why I’m dropping it early. I meant to write a sick-ass takedown of what was a painful read, but it’s kind of relevant if it’s being taken out of print, fans are turning against it, the series is cancelled and the author has been disavowed. Kind of makes my deep literary critique pointless.

If the allegations end up false and she’s brought back to honor, maybe I’ll finish the book. I’m using this as an excuse not to.

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