Sunday, July 1, 2018

12 GAUGE: SONGS FROM A STREET SWEEPER



12 GAUGE: SONGS FROM A STREET SWEEPER is a brutal trifecta of novellas. You can even call it the unholy trinity of novellas. Either way, this collection is great. I didn't know what was going to happen in the stories. I was on the edge of my seat, turning the pages late into the night. The short chapters make this collection a quick read. I would recommend savoring these stories, though. 

Dustin LaValley's writing is great. I dig his style and word choice. The dialogue is outstanding. I enjoyed the characters, too. 

This little collection starts of with Spinner. A psychotic escaped convict and his girlfriend race towards Canada, leaving blood and guts in their wake. Violence fill the pages of this disturbing story. 

To me, H/armed is splatterpunk through and through. It's definitely a satirical commentary on societal norms, obedience, and cliques. The ultra violence is cranked up to eleven, right along with the music. Blood, guts, and body parts jump from the pages. 

The Deceived turns the home invasion trope on its head. The ending is incendiary! 

These stories read at a blistering pace. The only complaint I have is with the amount of descriptions. Sometimes a story would bog down on me. 12 GAUGE: SONGS FROM A STREET SWEEPER is three blood soaked crime novellas that deliver the gore. 

This is my first time reading Dustin LaValley, but it won't be my last. I look forward to his other work. He can write. I think the cover is brilliant, too. 

Recommend!

4/5 stars!⭐⭐⭐⭐

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