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Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All

Stephen Lomer

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I’m not really sure what to make of Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All, and that’s not a bad thing.  Whenever I go to a restaurant, I never feel like I get enough variety in my food.  That’s why I go to the buffet.  That’s exactly what Stephen Lomer has set up here, a literary buffet.

Stargazer Lilies is a collection of short stories from a variety of genres.  One moment I was in a baby shower and the next I was fleeing from killer robots.  This was a big surprise to me, and I’m happy to say a pleasant one.  It’s not easy to write in multiple styles, but Lomer mastered it beautifully.  I found myself drawn in whether it was a pulse pounding moment or a calm anecdote about life and death.

I’m not really sure what to compare this to, but I’d recommend it to lovers of any genre.



David Kummer

Rating: 3 Shrimps!

She.  It’s a simple word, but knowing it’s the title of a horror novel immediately evokes a feeling of unease.  And that’s what David Kummer has accomplished in his novel.  The story follows some of your standard horror tropes, a group of kids in the near past battling an unspeakable evil in a small town.  Simple, but enjoyable as Kummer slowly builds the tension.

I enjoyed Kummer’s choice to start with two mysterious men meeting in a café in the present, then throwing the story back to the 1990s.  Growing up in the 90s myself, this was a fun nostalgic kick for me.  Kummer did a good job of throwing in plenty of creepy moments (yeah, not going to look out my windows at the street light anymore…but that’s just asking for trouble anyway).  I was challenged a bit by the abundance of description, but this wasn’t a deal breaker for me and the story was well crafted.

I’d recommend She for any of those (crazy) It lovers out there.