Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fairy Lights - by Edward Lorn

4 of 5 Stars

It's difficult to describe this novella from writer Edward Lorn. But, I will say this about his most recent effort.  Fairy Lights is at once magical and yet brutally real.  Hypersexual and ultra violent and at times reminiscent of Jack Ketchum's groundbreaking novel Open Season.

Lorn certainly has a way with words. and I found myself smiling more than once with his use of the English language.  Stuff like...

She came like a broken water main. and Bobs was the asinine nickname Mom had created for Bobby, as if his two-syllable name was far too much for her single syllable brain.

The conversation between fifteen-year-old Tony and his mother on the subject of masturbation was chillingly authentic and terribly funny.

Fairy Lights is at times violently disturbing and actually cringeworthy, but occasionally the story would slow to a crawl and there were a few loose ends that left me in the dark as a reader.

A word of warning.  Some of Lorn's characters are offensive to a fault, so if you're thin skinned beware.

Overall, I enjoyed the writer's irreverent style and would readily recommend this novella, despite its flaws.

Fairy Lights is available as an e-book from Darkfuse publishers.

From the author's bio - Edward Lorn is a reader, writer and content creator.  He's been writing for fun since the age of six, and writing professionally sin 2011.  Edward lives in the southeast United States with his wife and two children.  He is currently working on his next novel.

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