Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: You Shall Never Know Security

You Shall Never Know Security
You Shall Never Know Security by J.R. Hamantaschen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Please note: I read this in February 2012. I'm just updating the formatting and adding the disclosure that the author provided me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Book information: Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy, Lovecraftian short stories
Reading Level: Adult
Triggers: Weirdness, violence
Recommended for: Fans of Lovecraft, dark fantasy

My synopsis and musings on the book: This is a short story anthology, with stories in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft – dark fantasy stories, the type of things that will settle in your soul and leave shadows there that weren’t before. These stories range in length and topic, but all share the same darkness, the same weirdness, the same … creeping quality that will crawl into your brain and set up shop and leave you … different than you were before reading them. Wonderfully twisted, terrifically strange, and highly recommended. An experience you must have – get this book, and read this book. You will not be disappointed.

Detailed thoughts: My favorite story was the short “Jordan, When are you Going to Settle Down, get Married and Have us Some Children?” I liked it so much, I read it aloud to my husband before he went to sleep this morning. I hope he had a nice, twisted dream. I can’t even tell you what it is about without spoiling it, but it is so weird, so twisted, so gross that you will probably love it, too! The final story, “There Must be Lights Burning Brighter, Somewhere” is also the longest, and deals with how someone handles the aftermath of a very stressful situation. Wonderful. “A Parasite Inside your Brain” will make you think – are parasites really so bad? I could go on, but I will let you discover these wonderfully twisted and dark stories yourself. If you like Lovecraft, if you like twisted and weird dark fantasy, you will love this stuff!

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