Friday, January 15, 2010
Book Review for 'Cursed' by Jeremy C. Shipp
Cursed was written by Jeremy C. Shipp and published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2009.
Cursed is a twisting, turning story of two very quirky friends who suddenly realize that they have been cursed and set out together to find the person responsible. Nickolas and Cicely are two semi-paranoid, slightly psycho, friends and they have problems. Cicely believes she is cursed and the tennis ball in her hand holds the fate of the world. If she drops it, everything will come to a crashing halt. Nickolas believes that his curse dooms him to be slapped across the face every day for the rest of his life. Unless they find out who cursed them and try to redeem themselves.
Along their path they run across a few more friends who are almost, but not quite, as eccentric as they are. Together, the band of crazies venture out and finally find the 'curse culprit', in the form of Pete, who never appears to them in person, but only leaves them notes about how he controls all of their fates.
Jeremy Shipp has written a delightfull tale of weirdness that takes us on a trip into a frightening but darkly funny world only he could imagine for us. The story is tightly written and awash with mystery and intrigue, while also being quirky and bizarre. Jeremy's characters are memorable and entertaining and make you feel like you've known them forever. This story moves along at light speed and keeps you turning the pages to the very end.
I recommend Cursed to all of you who love the thill of a good mystery or to anyone who delights in dark humor at it's very best. Jeremy Shipp is brilliant and Cursed is headed for the top. I'm giving this book a 3-spider rating. Enjoy!