Monday, April 30, 2012

Bizarro Fiction Month Day 30: Slag Attack

I've made it to day thirty of bizarro fiction month. It's time to review my final Andersen Prunty book for the month: Slag Attack. This is a collection of four linked short stories. They're all set in a world where the Earth has been taken over by these nasty, man-eating slug/maggot creatures called slags.

The first story is "The Devastated Insides of Hollow City." It's about a bounty hunter named Shell who has come to Hollow City to find the city's Queen Pearl, who has disappeared. His search for her takes him to some strange and gruesome places.

Next is "Vincent Severity," which is really more of a horror story than anything. It's set several months before the first story, and begins just as the first slag attacks start. It's about a woman named Amber who is kidnapped by a lunatic named Vincent.

Story three is "Corpse Mountain," and also probably my favorite. It's about a guy who lives in a junkyard and his two stupid minions. They're trying to build robots to help fight off the slags.

The final story is "All Alone at the Edge of the World." It's about a guy named Darren, who is living alone in a house by the sea in the last days of the slag attacks. The slags have grown humongous. Soon, Darren encounters Shell and Pearl from the first story, who are leading a small resistance group. Of course, things are not quite what they seem.

Great collection.

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