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Review: Things Undone: A Collection of Horror Stories ( The Shattered God Mythos ) by Travis Liebert

I’m loving this cover. I normally dread at complicated covers, the things you typically see with a lot of the mashup images on book covers today ( especially in the YA fantasy genre ), but this blends the complex and simplicity quite nicely. Definitely an eye catcher, which is honestly why I chose this book to review out of a very long list.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

Lovecraft meets modern horror as the world comes undone. All things unknown and unknowable are coming to light…

Strange creatures wander the dark canopies of Germany’s Black Forest.

A young boy harbors something both dark and divine within him.

A man learns to control his dreams, only to find an ancient evil imprisoned within them.

Something lurks in the shadows of a woman’s house, and it wants her baby.

All of these things and more in this riveting new collection of 18 terrifying cosmic and supernatural horror stories. Get it now and discover the terrors that lurk within.

Evaluation:

Presentation and first thoughts for Things Undone: A Collection of Horror Stories hits a grand slam. The paperback ( viewable with Amazon’s preview ) hits an even better spot than the eBook because of the gothic type illustrative parts. I read the eBook, not the paperback.

Each story begins with a very nice composition and adds to the vibe of the book.

Overall this collection of short stories are diverse and colorful. I enjoyed reading the book, hence why I am writing this review at all. It amazes me the amount of talent in the wild, which is one of the reasons I do this website and reviews. And if I finish the book and write a review that means I liked it and it compelled me enough to invest time in it.

Each one of the stories felt far separate from each other in setting and plot. Mr. Liebert invested much thought and possibly research into the roles of the characters. I felt like some of the stories ended rather abruptly without much of a hook or deeper meaning into the arc of the story, however that didn’t take away from the readability for me as I’m not a sucker for algorithmic stories. That could be and probably is why the title of the book is Things Undone. It leaves a lot of room for thought at the end for imagination. It’s a beautiful thing.

I noticed some repetition in starting of sentences in story #1 and story #2 ( Starting multiple sentences in a row with They, It, He, etc ). Not to say it wasn’t still well written, however it came across verbose at times. The author did mostly redeem this pattern by story #3. I think we all appreciate reading a story where the words dance so-to-speak, in which in many different parts of this book the words very well do dance, but they stop dancing when multiple sentences start with the same word. Small stuff, small details in my opinion ( I’m sure I am at fault for the same thing in some of my writing, although I’m working every day at improvement ).

Recommendation:

I love reading short stories. I can slam one in my lunch break or in between doing things around the house at home. This collection is very well entertaining and despite it’s few inconsistencies it delivers a well thought out presentation and writing style that keeps you flipping the pages. It’s fresh and overall I give it a ★★★★☆ 4 stars out of 5.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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