My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Ugh. Do I have to review this one? Screw it, just move on to the next volume. I did.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Short review: great book. Don’t let this linger on your shelf like I did, you’ll regret it.
The longer this story unfolds, the more tense and dramatic it becomes. I’m finding myself genuinely surprised at this – I’ve read a couple of other Soule joints and this level of control, of depth of research, wasn’t hinted at in his previous works. While interesting stories, the only surprises I felt during Strongman were at his adherence to old school Latin self-sacrificing hero dialogue. Whereas here I was surprised by the intrigues, the unexpected plot developments, and the layers to the characters.
OK, seriously…what the fuck was that?
“I see. Butterfly and a dead bunny? Care to elaborate on the symbolism you’ve used here for our narrator(s)?”
“So…that’s a no then? MMMkay. Moving right along…can you explain to us the origins of Johnny Coyote and how he fits in with Big Alice, Ginny, Sissy, and Death?”
“OK. Sorry…guess it’s a secret. Do you plan to continue the series in the same manner with no character development, but lots of intense fight scenes?”
“Ah. Indeed. So pretty much you’re just wingin’ it and letting Rios’ art carry your random musings?”
“Swell. It’s been a pleasure. All the best in your future endeavors.”