Sunday, January 3, 2010

Review: Death Mill Mansion by Will Hartzell-Baird

As has been documented in any number of movies and books, there is a particular class of mansion that, through some indescribable means, bestows unanticipated engine/tire difficulty upon passing cars, forcing the unsuspecting occupants to knock on the door, asking to use the phone, never to be seen or heard from again. Countless motorists have been lost to these devious abodes, as well as to the mysterious mansion's close relatives, the darkened gas station and the eerily silent farm community looming unassumingly in the distance.

Coincidentally, on a dark, stormy night while driving on an unfamiliar country road, Robbie inexplicably experiences car trouble...

Received from the author for review.

The book was amusing with a decidedly Douglas Adams feel to it but it was a bit lengthy. It had an almost Rocky Horror Picture Show surreal feel to it which was completely different than anything else I've read. The humorous footnotes were also certainly unexpected and entertaining.

This one gets three stars. It is difficult to rate since it is so very different from anything else I've read, but I quite enjoyed it. The story was funny and left me smiling quite a few times throughout. I was immediately drawn in from the very first page of the prologue, which is quite amazing as it is. Fans of the quirky comedy will certainly enjoy this.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan G said...

I still have this sitting around unread as of yet. I may have to get to it quicker than I thought I would. Thanks for the review.

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