Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Injustice Book Review: At the Highways of Madness by David J. West

Cower not, fierce reader! This day, we have a collection of madness from Mr. West. First, we have the titular novella, followed by a selection of short stories in other weird settings, including one in his Porter Rockwell series. Let's lose our minds and see what Injustice Mr. West has committed!

Our novella was originally published in the anthology Redneck Eldritch. Which I have in my reader somewhere, I just haven't made it to reading the thing yet. Anyway, our main characters are a pair of truckers and a woman of certain, unusual qualities, shall we say. The truckers are portrayed well, if somewhat comically. They are oft misquoting or misattributing quotes, are blunt if well meaning, and don't care for the government and it's secrets. Yes, these are our protagonists.

And, if you like monstergirls(jimfear138), well, this story has a little more for you. We've also got some interesting interactions with the Dreamlands, and the forces of one of the Old Ones involved. There's a nice bit of playing around with space and time when dealing with Things Man Was Not Meant to Know, and a bit of fun with truckers trying stupid stuff that might just work.
Major crime: Do I really need to point out that we've redneck truckers as two of the main characters?

Onto the short stories.

Baptism by Fire- This is a story of a recruit's first day at a top secret facility. And, I'm not going to give away more than that, because you should have fun seeing what's at the edge of his sight yourself. Major crime: That would give it away. I'm a jerk

Garden of Legion- This is our Porter Rockwell story. It's got two parts to it, the first being a setup for the Porters involvement. let me say, you might  never look at tumbleweeds in the same manner again. Major crime: Redemption, and battling demons.

One Thousand One Nights Unseen- We have another somewhat military tale, this one actually fitting a operational style story. Yes, weird things happen in the Saudi desert. Let's just say the Bedouin have good reason to keep on the move. Major crime: Some of the forces out there aren't aligned against us.

The Cry of the Carrion Birds- Ok, this story is a bit creepy. There's a backstory that we can only guess at, but has caused trauma and social difficulty. Their new isolation creates madness, and one must accept madness or be devoured by it. Caw, caw. Major crime: A husband's devotion.

Gods in Darkness- We've a story in an odd alt history setting. The Cold War became a bit of a Space War, and we are treated to a beyond clandestine operation. The ultimate question remains: Who does one serve? Major crime: Patriotism.

All in all, this is a lot of fun, and there are great moments here to laugh and shiver at. When you feel like you're losing your mind, I commend you try this selection of vaccination. 8 of 10 fell deeds.

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  1. Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.

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