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Sometimes sick, sometimes twisted, sometimes wonderfulMarch 5 2015
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Kiernan's introduction was perhaps one of the more bizarre pieces of writing in this volume, and foreshadows the strangeness that will further be found in this tome. In the introduction Kiernan offers up some of her rather uncommon views towards sex and perhaps love in a general sense, but it brought me to the realization that though I love much of Miss Kiernan's writing, we don't share much in the way of common viewpoints when it comes to this area. It goes without saying that Kiernan has a unique talent for crafting expressive verbiage. The flow of Kiernan's phrasing and how she paces her stories are second to none, and there are several stories here that I enjoyed immensely, but then there are just about an equal amount that didn't suit my particular tastes. Ok, so you might be wondering what I didn't I like about (some of) this collection? Simply put, a lot these stories grossed me out and didn't seem to transcend their more "shocking" superficial qualities. Not to say that everything here isn't well written, and usually even start with an interesting premise, yet much of it still left my imagination feeling shortchanged for the spectacle of the moment. I really struggled to enjoy the particular stories that largely focus on extensive anatomical descriptions, often in very warped capacities, but then end up leaving you with little else for the story to break through into a more enticing resolution.
I like weird stuff, but I lean towards stories that mysteriously amaze me rather than twistedly compel me. That's just me. For those that might want to have the twisted side of their curiosity tweaked, roughly half of this collection is for you. There are some relatively "tame" yet imaginative ideas explored here as well, so either way it might be worth it for you to venture forth.