Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: FROM A POISON PEN by B.P. Smythe

These stories are true to its name—the work of a poison pen that bleeds its essence onto a page, mutating them into an ethereal form.

Judging from the title (and the cover, for that matter,) one would think that these are horror stories, but they’re not. Not really. Instead it has that sophisticated, dark irony. Yes, it does “explore the disturbing side of human nature,” but it’s played down so much that it kills the appeal. Mostly it was full of tedium and lag, and I expected more.


My rating: 2 stars

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sandra,

    Re. Your review From a Poison Pen by B.P.Smythe

    Many thanks for the review. As the author of the book, I am always quite open to criticism. However, I didn't quite understand your overall judgement of the book...

    You state the stories are true to their name, as the work of a poison pen that bleeds its essence onto a page, mutating them into an ethereal form.

    You also state it has a sophisticated, dark irony that explores the disturbing side of human nature.
    This is a positive feed back and one would assume you enjoyed the book.

    You then go on to state, the stories in the book, with their disturbing side of human nature, are played down so much that they kill the appeal and are mostly full of tedium and lag and that you expected more.

    I think your readers and myself would have expected your review to explain more on how the disturbing side of human nature was played down. (Briefly in what way?) And what is meant by tedium and lag. (Does that mean boring? Uneventful? Could clearly see the ending of the story well before the finish? Poor description of scenes and characters? Poor plotting? The author clearly lost what's at stake through out each story?)

    I would be grateful if you could enlarge more, as criticism is always constructive and I'm sure your faithful readers take your review into consideration before purchasing a reviewed book...

    Regards
    Barry Smythe
    barrysmythe@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete