More reviews of books and short stories...
I've enjoyed quite a few books and short stories over the past couple of months, so here's another batch of reviews.
|The Ants Are Coming by Bruce Bullock|
The Ants Are Coming by Bruce Bullock - 4.8 / 5.0
The Ants Are Coming is an excellently written account of an African village where the villagers are forced to evacuate their homes due to the approach of millions of red siafu ants. I loved this short story and I suspect that anyone with an interest in or appreciation of Africa will also thoroughly enjoy it. The story is told in a very matter-of-fact way and this style works well as the author expertly describes the horror of nature and the response of the villagers to the oncoming threat of the siafu ants.
|Pretty Little Things by Jilliane Hoffman|
Pretty Little Things by Jilliane Hoffman - 4.0 / 5.0
Pretty Little Things makes pretty grim reading at times and I probably wouldn't have read it if I'd realised just how grisly certain scenes from the book were going to be. However, despite the unsettling subject matter it's a well written novel with a cleverly constructed plot. It took me a few chapters to get totally drawn into the story but in the closing stages the author really cranks up the tension as the events spiral towards the dramatic conclusion.
|Eenie Meenie by Willow Rose|
Eenie, Meenie by Willow Rose - 4.2 / 5.0
Eenie, Meenie is a short story/novella set in a young offenders' prison where punishments are being committed by an unknown perpetrator under the cover of night against the inmates. Each punishment bears a direct relevance to the crimes committed (such as a thief having his fingers cut off) and as the story progresses the inmates become more and more scared that they're going to be next. Eenie, Meenie is quite disturbing in parts and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone of a squeamish disposition, but for fans of mystery/horror this is an interesting story which has got me curious to read more books by Willow Rose.
Great Lies To Tell Small Kids by Andy Riley - 4.6 / 5.0
|Great Lies To Tell Small Kids by Andy Riley|
Please note, Charles Fudgemuffin does not condone or encourage telling lies to small kids (or indeed anyone) and would therefore advise that this book should be read purely for entertainment purposes, and not for instructional purposes.
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