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These are the chronicles of a book addict, a photo junkie, and an aspiring author, rewriting the very fabric of reality one page (and one snapshot) at a time. From the strange to the unusual; the abandoned to the abnormal; the haunted to the historic; the supernatural to the surreal; the forests of dark fantasy, the cemeteries of gothic horror, and the post-apocalyptic ruins of science fiction are the landscapes of my imagination.
Well, I guess it was inevitable. After 4 fantastic reads in a row, each of which has both wowed and delighted me, I've stumbled against my first Tim Currandisappointment. As much as I was excited by the concept, and as much as I expected to enjoy it, Doll Face just fell completely flat for me.
Things got off to a rough start almost immediately, with a cast of characters I neither liked enough to root for, nor hated enough to cheer on their deaths. To use that term again, they just fell flat for me. Now, to be fair, a few of them did have their moments, but not nearly enough to keep me reading.
As for the story, it did start out strong. There was a great mystery to it, and a lot of serious WTF scenes that kept convincing me to read on, hoping it would get better and I'd find that connection. Little pieces absolutely delighted me, like the first appearance of the Spider Mother and the weird-as-hell confrontation in the empty (or is it?) diner full of rotting (or is it?) food and living (or are they?) doll diners, but it all got very repetitive, very monotonous, very soon. I never thought I'd use terms like 'tiresome' and 'boring' with Curran's work, but in this case they (sadly) fit.
While I do believe a pair of extraordinarily effective 20-25 page short stories could be excised and rescued from the text, that's about all the concept can sustain for me. Taken as a whole, I'm afraid 246 pages is about 200 pages too much, and that's a shame, especially since I usually don't want his books to end.