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Friday, June 3, 2011

"Teratologist" by Edward Lee and Wrath James White


Synopsis – (from goodreads.com)

Billionaire John Farrington is obsessed with the idea of offending God to the point that God would want to confront him in person. Farrington has abducted priests and nuns to commit sexual atrocities with the most grievously genetically deformed people he can find. People that he's also abducted and kept in such a high state of sexual intensity, with a drug his company produces, that they are just ravenous for physical contact. The abductees, with basically no self control, commit some of the most depraved sex acts, over, and over again. Westmore and Bryant, a photographer and journalist, are given the rare opportunity to interview the reclusive Farrington and see inside his mansion and operation. Only to find the horrors within, and who have become pawns in the mysteries they find behind every door. Farmington's plan may work, and to make sure he's successful, he will do whatever it takes to have the deity of man face him.

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Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Horror, Splatterpunk

Ever since I read my first Edward Lee book, I have wanted this book. It is not available in eBook form as of this post. Luckily, I received it as a gift otherwise it would have stayed low on my to-read list.

This book was co-authored by Wrath James White. This duo made for an awesomely-grotesque team of the sickening kind.

The book is perfect in length for if it would have been shorter or longer, the gripping details could have proved too little or too much. This was just right!

The story was interesting but what grabbed me by the balls (if I had any) was the grotesqueness of the actions performed within the story. Disturbing acts of freaky sex occurs frequently throughout with enough description to make the reader bit their lip and hold back a little vomit.

The eccentric character made the entire story. Without him and the developmental skills of Lee and White, this story would have flopped big time. He was the meat of the whole book!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves the disturbing, grotesque and all and out face-slapping sickness of Lee and White.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron" (Shades of Grey, #1) by Jasper Fforde



Synopsis: (from goodreads.com)

Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted fa├žade.



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Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Dystopic Fantasy


Before this book, I was not familiar with Jasper Fforde’s work. I took a chance on the referral of a good friend of mine and put “Shades of Grey” in my to-read list. I pushed it back a few times thinking I was not going to like it as much as my disgusting horror books. I decided to get it after my last horror book to change genres. I cannot believe I put it off for as long as I did!

Fforde’s writing style in “Shades of Grey” is fantastic and different from anything I have ever read before. The story itself was an amazing spiral of nonsense and true-to-life happenings. The ridiculousness of what happens along with some of the made-up words and history simply makes you laugh and crinkle your brow confused-like simultaneously.

The beginning can be hard to get into at first. Do not let this put you off in any way. There is a reason that the book starts the way it does. Imagine being dropped off in another world. Would you understand everything right of way? Do you think you could understand the hierarchy or language in this different world? The story takes its time in explaining some things, but it is worth the wait. It will allow you to appreciate the style and pace the author has chosen. By the end, you will be begging for more!

I must say that Jasper Fforde is now one of my most favorite authors. I recommend this book to those who are looking for something comical yet amazingly brilliant. Fforde will not disappoint!

I cannot wait for #2!