In the Garden of Rusting Gods delivers sixteen tales from the imagination of multiple Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Patrick Freivald. From time travel and broken monsters to glimpses into the minds of honeybees and ordinary people dealing with unbearable loss, Freivald burrows into the weird, dark places that lurk beneath the everyday to unearth twisted stories of our world and worlds that could be.
Freivald’s range is on full display with In the Garden of Rusting Gods. Here lies science, horror, humor, and the weird. Action, panic, and dread. Loaded with energy, you’ll be tapping to the beat from page one. –Josh Malerman, New York Times Best Selling author of Bird Box and Unbury Carol
Smart, funny, intriguing, horrifying; Freivald shows us the wide range of his talents. –Kaaron Warren, Aurealis Award winning Author of The Grief Hole
A haunting collection of beautifully desperate characters creatively mingled in the agony of their realities. –Kelli Owen, author of Teeth and Wilted Lilies.
Wow, where to start….I guess where I always do, eh?
The Good –
All of it. The entire book is incredible. I joked with the author that it was so good that it had made me reconsider my future as a writer and perhaps he didn’t realize it, but I was only half joking. These stories are written with a skill that aspiring writers can only dream about. There wasn’t a single one that didn’t pull me in and make me wonder what’s next. There was at least one that left me hoping that it’d be expanded out because I wanted to know more.
The Bad –
Heck if I know! Honestly, I usually don’t struggle to find something in a book that just didn’t sit right with me, but I couldn’t find anything for this book. In fact, when I finished it, I kept hoping that the author will release another book of stories.
The Summary –
Sometimes you don’t want to curl up with a good book. Sometimes all you want is a couple of stories to tide you over until morning. If that’s the case, I can’t recommend this book enough. The stories are just the right length to read before bed, while waiting in the car, or any of those times where you don’t want to be pulled into a full book.
For those interested, In the Garden of Rusting Gods is currently available on Amazon.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.