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Book Reviews: Sad Tale Of The Brothers Grossbart+Future We Wish We Had+Dead But Dreaming part 1

The Sad Tale Of The Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington
This was a gross blasphemous tale of fairly repellent sexually predatory brothers who roam ye olden days with dubious motivation. This is a preposterous tale of murder, violence, merciless jerks, intractable conflicts, witches, sexual violence, societal problems and 2 ruthless and clinical perverts who take advantage of volatile issues.

This lacks real coherence and I hated this tale of merciless callous murderers who have a disturbing willingness to ignore reality. This is not a rarefied narrative of haunting discord.

Best Lines:
“Satan triumphant.”

“You undoing will become legend.”

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The Future We Wish We Had edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Rebecca Lickiss
This 2007 anthology features drama filled dysfunction filled stories about the implied promise of the future. This is full of bad writing, horrible and toxic people and is fallacious and not morally complex.

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Dead But Dreaming edited by Kevin Ross & Keith Herber, part 1
A much-hyped anthology of Cthulhoid fiction from 2008.

Epiphany: A Flying Tiger’s Story
In WW2, a pilot has to bail out and ends up somewhere strange. This has no emotive kick and is brutishly stupid and terribly melodramatic and pathetically mundane.

The Aklo
Chaps go on an archaeology adventure on a lark. They encounter diabolism in the desert. The hero goes mad from realising the malign legacy of what he finds. This was good as the hero goes from macho ideas to stricken denial and emotional conflict, regret, bitterness, anxiety responses, darkness and sadness. This was absorbing.

Best Line:
“Whose authorship besides is suspect and obscure.”

Bangkok Rules
A hitman feels poisonous rage. The hitman is vile and has never had a crisis of empathy in his life of low life thuggery. He has absolute unrepentance. Then he finds out what his boss really is and faces them claiming what was always theirs.

Best Lines:
"Coffin meat.”

“How many enemies does the guy have?”

“No semblance of social worth.”

Why We Do It
A woman visits a small town to witness their hick religion. Dark, mournful and harrowing things ensue in this short good story.

The Disciple
I’ve read this before. A student joins a very exclusive class of students. They have lethal intent and do disreputable and evil things. Troubling things happen leading to bitter dissolution. This was good.

Salt Air
There is no intellectual subtlety in this tale of shadowy conspiracies in an unloved and uncelebrated town. This leaves you with disinterest.

Through The Cracks
A man is appalled to see that his former college lecturer has become a homeless madman. He tries to help him which has shattering consequences. Good if over-explained.
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