Most entertainment in $2.99 that I’ve had in awhile. Cover art by: Richard Anderson
This novella was so much fun. It was super serious in the novella but the ridiculousness of everything caused me to smile and laugh throughout the entire thing. A gang of animals want revenge after they were betrayed in the past. There is a whole host of different animals in this book, most of them being rodents. The part I liked the most was just reading which type of animal would come up next and how they acted. All the animals acted like humans, dressed like humans, and carried weapons, however, their demeanor and personality was fixed to the type of animal they are. This is the gritty wild west but only with vermin.
I just really liked this. Most of the time when firearms are in fantasy stories, I check out, but this was so much fun to read. Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese like. This is B-rated movie with a lot of attitude. If you don’t like gun violence or descriptions of ultra violent content, skip this one, because this gets a little ridiculous. I think I lost count of how many animal on animal murders there were.
The novella was written interestingly because it wasn’t in complete sequential order. Each of the chapters was telling a scene from the point of view of the main character in that scene. The beginning told how all the members of this gang got back together when The Captain met all of them but then would jump forward to where they all met each other at the bar to talk about the plan, and back again with a new character. This non-sequential order threw me off at first but thank goodness I’ve watched a lot of movies and knew exactly what effect Polansky had in mind.
Anyway, check this little novella out when you are in the mood for action and violence. If some night you think you want to watch an action movie, read this novella instead. This was good times and will make a lasting impression on any reader, for the positive or the negative.