Saturday, November 30, 2013

REVIEW: Grudge Punk

By: John McNee 

Genre: "dieselpunk-bizzaro-horror-noir anthology" (I couldn't have said it better myself haha)

Year published: 2012
Pages: 187

Date read: 11/26/13
Recommended by: Shamus McCarty (r2r)

Grudgehaven: "A city lost to the darkness, where acid rain drums on a hundred thousand corrugated iron rooftops and cold, mechanized eyeballs squint out of every filth-smeared window."

From the twisted mind of author John McNee come nine tales of brutality and betrayal from a city like no other.

A granite detective has a date with destiny at a hotel made of flesh.  A severed hand is on a desperate mission to ruin somebody's evening.  While a mob war reaches its bloody climax, the Mayor is up to his neck in dead prostitutes.

And Clockwork Joe?  He just wants to be a real boy.

Bizarro Press proudly presents the latest in dieselpunk-bizzarro-horror-noir.  This ... is GrudgePunk.

My thoughts

This is my first Bizzarro.  I blame it on Shamus.  I commented on one of his pictures, the comment section on said picture with him and many others got completely insane (I'll neve eat peanut butter again), him and I had a conversation ... and I ended up with this book.  I'm not really sure if it's considered r2r.  I mean, he gave it to me.  I'm sure he would like me to review it.  I'm sure he just wants me to say that I really loved it.  So, basically, Shamus popped my cherry.

Did I love it?  I don't think "love" is a strong enough word for how I feel about this book.  And John - oh my God - he's a god haha.  I can only imagine what it must be like in this man's head and I'm sure conversations with him are quite entertaining and intriguing. 

I loved every part of this book, but I have to say that my favorite stories of them all are In the Flesh, Gutter Politics and The Corridors of Power.

This book has definitely made it to my top 5 favorite books of the year - probably top 20 favorite in my lifetime (and I read a LOT of books) - and I'm only sorry that it took me so long to finally sit down and read it. 

I have only one suggestion for you: Let your fingers do the walking by immediately heading online to your favorite book establishment (you should also check out Rooster Republic Press) and purchase a copy of this book.  Once it is downloaded on to whatever e-reader you use, put a Do Not Disturb sign on the door, turn off the cell phone and anything else that is going to distract you, send your family on vacation and make yourself comfortable.  This is definitely a book you'll want to give yourself time to fully enjoy.

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