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50 Shades of Terrible

50 Shades of Grey Review

Maybe I’m behind the times on this, but whatever. I recently started reading 50 Shades of Grey, and these are my thoughts on the novel.

Full disclosure: I haven’t finished the novel yet. In fact, I am only about a third of the way through it. Perhaps by the time I reach the end my thoughts will have changed, and if that turns out to be the case I will amend this post. I don’t think that’s likely.

This novel is terrible.

Not to be all OMG THIS NOVEL IS TEH SUX! or, to quote Chuck Wendig from Terribleminds, “THIS WAS THE WORST THING I’VE EVER EXPERIENCED IT MADE ME STAB MY OWN MOTHER IN THE NECK WITH A BROKEN COKE BOTTLE,” but it really isn’t very good.

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Book Review: Old School

Old School, the first compilation of short fiction by writer Dan O’Shea, is filled to the brim with pieces that are as hard hitting and visceral as they come. As I read through the book I was so immersed in the stories, so involved with the characters, that a few times the events on the page actually prompted a physical reaction. My brain has been awash in violence and suspense for most of my life, thanks to movies and video games, and I thought I was inured to it all. Turns out I’m not. O’Shea manages to hone his fiction into a point sharp enough to break through the wall of desensitization and make the reader squirm.

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