Page 1 2
Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All
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.
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.