“…glorious in its batshitness…” — David Moore, SFF Editor, Rebellion Publishing
Banished to his grandparents’ farm for the summer, Casey soon runs afoul of the Bimiangus: a government experiment gone wrong turned bloodthirsty, moordurous bull.
Casey knew there was something wrong with the Bimiangus the moment he laid eyes on it. He just didn’t know how wrong until the cows started disappearing, and the farmer who owned it turned up dead. Now the bull with the dodgy pedigree—rumored to be the result of government experimentation, which explains the size of it, the stink of it, the glowing, toxic green eyes—stands accused of murder. But it’s got one more target before it goes down:
Casey—a ten-year-old boy who never wanted to be on this farm in the first place.
Crimson King recently featured on topical internet site, The Big Smoke and I'm both flattered and extremely grateful for Jospeh Edwin Haeger's thorough and thoughtful review.
Sounds intriguing, right? Am I right? Yeah, well, you have no idea. And, honestly, neither did I. So, without further ado, here's my review:
After finishing this book, I sat down for a while and tried to decide if I like it or not. I'm still not sure, thus the 3 star rating. Part of the problem is that this isn't really my style of book--nothing wrong with it, just the aliens cum noir detective story cum time travel-esque theme was a little too much for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of creativity here and if you're looking for something different, this book has it in spades. In fact, if you're a fan of works like RUM DIARY, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, stories that run in that vein, you'll probably find a lot to like here. Not that this book is in any way, shape or form like those two pieces (well, except a large section of it DOES involve a desert setting, so I guess there's a small tie to FEAR AND LOATHING) but it left me with the same feeling: Like I should have taken some hard-core drugs before reading it because then the whole 'people turning into mushrooms' and 'dead cthulu in Vermont' things might have felt a little less weird and a little more 'ah, that makes sense.'
Overall, I'd say reading this books was an 'experience'--a decidely ODD experience, but not unenjoyable. As I described it to a few writing buddies: 'This books is a trippy-ass piece of strangeyosity.' Read it with that in mind, and you won't be disappointed.
Oh! And if you want to participate in the Dare to Discuss March Read, it's not too late! Just grab yourself a copy Agents of Dreamland and read it, then head on over to the Sci-Fi & Scary Forums on March 22nd, 2017. We'll be kicking things off at 7 PM EST!
J.B. Rockwell grew up reading fairy tales, folklore and mythology, as well as anything and everything about ancient cultures and their history, and never lost her taste for any of it. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two cats, all of whom provide inspiration for her stories, whether they know it or not.