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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Shades of Gray

Title: Shades of Gray
Author: Michael Cargill
Series: ---
Publisher: ---  
Publication Date: February 2012  
How received: Giveaway
Reviewer: Elisa

Summary: John is not a very nice man. He works for the government. So who has tied him to a chair and what do they want? James is a British soldier during WWII. Tom is a young boy with a terrible secret

Three stories. Three very different people. All of them battling to survive.

Review: There are tons of books out there right now with the same or similar titles, so be careful!  Story 1, almost a stream of consciousness from a man undergoing torture.  A little confusing, but keep reading, it all sorts itself out.  Story 2, a young soldier trying to survive.  We see what a man can live through and do to make it out alive.  Not always pleasant things.  Story 3, the most difficult for me because it is about a little boy and a suggestive "evil" toy that starts out helpful, but things go wrong quickly. 

This collection was great. I really enjoyed each of the characters and even after having finished this book a week ago I am still picturing some of the scenes.  That can be both good and bad since some of the scenes were intense and even gory, sad and a little disgusting, but it made me think and stuck with me so I find that impressive. I also really enjoy the seamlessly blended humor even though things are horrible. It felt natural and normal, maybe I am messed up in the head, but I resort to humor during trying times, and I really felt that it works in these stories. After having read Cargill’s blog, I was expecting much more ridiculous and wacky stuff, but he keeps it limited and it almost sneaks up on you in Shades of Grey. I am looking forward to reading more from Cargill and give this book a 3.5/4 stars.


Small Blonde Hippy said...

Yes, there are loads of books with titles like this. Hmm... I wonder why? This sounds like an interesting little collection.

Elisa N. said...

It was - and COMPLETELY different than some of those other ones. :)

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