January 21, 2012
Review by: Terry Morgan
Review posted 1/21/2012
When it comes to short stories you often try to find that one thing that binds the collection together. In this collection that is often considered the strange, weird and many times just too far out there.
The first story, The Course of Clementine, tells of Clementine, the fruit, that tells the story of her life. Often than not she feels that she strives for something she will never get. The story is a bit out there but does give the moral implication of one's life, even a fruit's.
The other stories in this collection such as The Noggin, tells of a man loosing his head and then being reintroduced to it later. The tale is certainly odd, but grasps the attention of someone just not 'having their head on their shoulders.'
These stories bring about everything you can possibly imagine. No they aren't your normal way of thinking in what they describe, but they do hit the heart and soul of every way we truly act as human beings, even if some of the characters aren't really human.
January 18, 2012
By Darren Sant and Sam Lang
Review by: Rob Walter
Review posted 1/18/2012
This is the second in the Severed Series of short stories from the minds of Darren Sant and Sam Long and published by Trestle Press. My previous review available here: Severed: In the Beginning
The story begins by introducing a new character, Judy Brantwood, who was, pre-Zombie Apocalypse, an employee of Health-Pharm responsible for marketing the EZ-Thin Diet Pills that start the zombie infection. She ends up post-apocalypse meeting up with Zac from Severed, In the Beginning down in Florida.
We then jump back to New York City to Randall Bueller, the former head of Health-Pharm, who is now the dictator of the fortress built around the Helath-Pharm Headquarters to keep the zombies at bay ala’ Night of the Dead.
Then we change to a team of survivors who call themselves the Vindicator Team. They patrol the dead streets of New York dressed as super-heroes. The leader of the team is Rick, aka Kid-Bolt.
I won’t spoil the story for you, but it is well written if somewhat derivative and has a surprising twist at the end. The authors get the reader into the story without using the normal blood, gore and guts.
I recommend this to those looking for a different take on the standard Zombie story and I look forward to the next installment.