Monday, April 6, 2009

Review for Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror

I was wandering around and checked up on the anthology my short story is in to see if there were any new reviews. And there were! One of them mentions my story specifically, so I giggled a little to myself, did a small happy dance and came here to share. My story is titled SAVAGE.

A pleasant surprise
, March 31, 2009 (4/5 stars)

Can you say "pleasant" about a book where people get eaten by giant bugs? Not sure.

Anyway, I got this for my kid because he is a typical teenage boy who likes all monsters and gross stuff. Being the good parent that I am, I thought I should browse through it through first to make sure it wasn't too violent or, with a story titled "Attack of the 500 Foot Porn Star", too graphic. I'm not adverse to horror, but my tastes run more along the lines of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and the like. I didn't expect to find anything all that enjoyable in this anthology. Shame on me.

There are some really good stories in here. Stories that make you melancholy they they are over so quickly, because you'd really like to read more. My three favorites were "Savage", "Keeping Watch", and "Scales". If you don't buy the anthology for any other reason these three are worth it. I won't give too much away, but "Savage" is a hunter/hunted tale on a alien world with a brave girl and a very big cat-thing. "Keeping Watch" is about something nasty lurking underwater and after reading it I will not put foot in another lake unless I can see the bottom. "Scales" is a man-vs-giant-lizard tale that has pretty clever, if somewhat squirm-inducing, solution to the hungry critter problem.

You read stories like these and you wonder why the heck you don't see good stuff like this on TV or in the movies. We watch a lot of those Sci-Fi channel specials and I wonder who comes up with some of that mess. Anyway, I thought there were a couple of clunkers in the anthology, so it doesn't quite make a 5 star rating for me, but no accounting for taste, right? Oh, and I wouldn't suggest this for younger kids. Mine is 13-going-on-30 and that was skating about the edge of how young I'd recommend.

Of course there are a number of reviews for Monstrous floating around on the web, but I like this one best because...well, I'm sure you can guess.


Crimogenic said...

You don't get good stories on tv because tv is boring (ducks and hides) :)

Matt said...

Hey, that's great! Congrats on getting mentioned in the review!