Saturday, January 28, 2012

Teeth and Talons sinks its teeth in a reviewer!

Perhaps you aren't used to me writing horror.  Perhaps it's that you aren't sure I can cut the mustard in the terror-arena.  Whatever the reason, if you are vacillating over if you should read Teeth and Talons, A Horror Anthology, I hope this newt review might help you make up your mind.  

I was reviewed by the meticulous Wanda Hart over at There For You blog and she posted her thoughts here:  in a 6 out of 5-star review!

I was blown away by how much the reviewer loved the four stories in the anthology and the fact that she took the time to comment on them individually.  So, please check out this great review for my first horror book:

TEETH AND TALONS by Samantha Combs (Reviewed by Wanda Hart)

A Horror Anthology by Samantha Combs

Copyright © 2012 SAMANTHA COMBS

Cover art designed by Paragraphic Designs

Well I love a challenge and this is my first ever anthology. This is 
thus a true challenge. So I spend an entire minute figuring out 
how does one review an anthology. At the end of that minute 
after considering hunting down other such reviews on the internet 
I decided I'll take it a story at time. Then I will do a synopsis 
of the entire anthology. Here goes. Hope you like it.

The Ink Man

The Ink man was an intricate story which surprised me in its richness and 
character building. 
It was refreshing to read a short story that was so rich in character
development and in setting both mood and location in order to ground
the reader. 

The story itself was also unique and spoke to perception of ones self
and others.  It's in the miscalculation between being able to discern
between friend and foe that the true horror of the story is hidden.  
I loved the layered aspect and stand in awe of the author that could
accomplish so much in so little pages without ever letting the reader
feel as if they are not part of a real story unfolding. 

I take my hat off to the author for accomplishing so much with this
story. Apart from being a technically brilliant story it was a really
enjoyable read to boot. 

 The Robbery Countdown

This short story was a fun read, not much time or space to work in
any character development but the reader will be left with the sense
of no bad deed ever goes unpunished..  I really liked the dialogue
between the shop owners in this story and was giggling to myself
as I read it. 

 Rock and Roll All Night

Aah, my favorite story in this anthology.  All is not what it would
seem and as with

The Robbery Countdown being evil does not guarantee that you are
 the hunted and not the prey.  I really liked this story and especially
liked the casual way in which the twists were introduced into the plot.

The Chair

Really liked this story as well and loved the end.  In this, the lesson
might very well be that you should not push people too far, it might
so happen that they come upon something that will push back for them……..

I love Samantha Combs' writing style.  It is clear, concise and
technically correct.  If any grammar or spelling mistakes were to
be found in this anthology then I missed it while being enthralled
by the stories. 

But no amount of technically proficiency would make me enjoy
this book as much as I did without a very generous share of talent.  
This girl can write!

I have seldom come across an author with her talent for economizing
language without compromising on the story line.  The horror aspect
dawns on the reader with time.  As the stories keep playing off in my
 head I realize that I should be wary as to what I accept as being the truth……..

I can't think of a single market that would not enjoy this anthology
even if horror is not your preferred reading material.

I give this anthology a 6 out of 5 rating.  I will definitely recommend
it to all and gift it to a friend with anticipation as to hear their opinion
and takes on this story.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you wrote something about each story but didn't spoil them for those of us who haven't had a chance yet.
    And six out of five? Definitely conveys your enthusiasm for this anthology.