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Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

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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.

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Deathstalker Rebellion: Being the Second Part of the Life and Times of Owen Deathstalker
Simon R. Green
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Stalkers Drink Free

Stalkers Drink Free - Mike Ronny A quick, darkly humorous read, Stalkers Drink Free puts a contemporary spin on a familiar tale . . . one that I won't mention for fear of spoiling the story. Fortunately, even looking back, it's easy to see where Mike Ronny strayed from the source material, turning the story back on itself to make it his own.

In Ronny's version, we experience the sinister plot through the eyes of the victim, giving the whole scenario an edgy, paranoid feel. In fact, it's not until the very end that we realize what exactly has happened, a twist reveal that brings it all home. Really, it's a story that could have worked with any public figure or profession, but making John a stand-up comedian gives the whole story a self-referential, sarcastic bite.

Nicely paced, with some good dialogue, and a small cast of supporting characters, Stalkers Drink Free makes the most of its length by keeping the story (and the tension) tight.

Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins