About the Book:
This is no fairy tale.
Gulliver Huggens has issues–
He watched his family perish in a tragic car accident as a child.
He doesn’t know how to win the heart of the girl at the coffee shop.
And he shares his home with a clan of mischievous tiny people.
Yet these all turn out to be the least of his troubles.
A secret race of Giants dwelling in the neighboring mountains wants Gulliver to exterminate all the Little People… or else.
When folks in his hometown begin brutally dying, Gulliver must make a hard choice.
But choices have consequences.
And consequences, he’ll learn, come in all terrible sizes.
I thoroughly enjoyed this adult-themed story with the flavor of a fairy tale that mixes horror, dark humor, family history and even a smattering of violence. These elements all work in concert, while none overpower or even feel gratuitous, they manage to incorporate the darkly humorous threads that tie this satire together. Originally my interest was piqued with references to Christopher Moore, and while I found a similar approach from the point of view in the darkly drawn humor, the style is not derivative but wholly complimentary.
There are stereotypes that are so dead on, yet feel so guilty that they provide an instant moment of “aha” to the reader, the twists so ridiculously simple and presented in such a manner as to be wholly obvious while maintaining the surprise as the thought continues. Yes, this is a book for adults, there is sex and violence presented with humor that is not appreciated or appropriate for younger readers: but those who cannot help but see the absurdity in life and its situations will appreciate the twist.
This is a funny, morbid, well-paced and crafted story that entertains and shocks in near equal proportions, leaving you to remember the joy in the reading.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Sawney Hatton is an author of unknown repute and famed hunter of the Giant Beaver. Other incarnations of Sawney have written screenplays, produced corporate videos, and played the banjo. He laughs at danger and is an incurable romantic, for which he takes medication. DEAD SIZE marks his novel debut. Visit his website