Jinx Town

You’re jinxed if you read it

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! 263 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thor: Sam Stone Pub­lisher: Te­los Pub­lish­ing

So you’re a fe­male teacher; you’re tak­ing your class to the theatre when sword- wield­ing, ori­en­tal- look­ing aliens pop up to kill the men and steal the women. What do you do? If you’re Jas, the hero­ine of Jinx Town, then you res­cue your favourite cute school­boy and damn ev­ery­one else. Soon af­ter, civil­i­sa­tion is gone and Jas and the boy are hard­core sur­vival­ists, mer­rily set­ting fire to feral kids who in­vade their ter­ri­tory. Take that, Eden Lake!

The po­lite way to de­scribe Jinx Town would be as an eth­i­cally chal­leng­ing dark fan­tasy. The hon­est way to de­scribe it is as in­cred­i­bly re­volt­ing. If you don’t drop the book by the porno­graph­i­cally de­tailed rape chap­ter, wait un­til you meet the mur­der­ous alien ruler re­spon­si­ble for butcher­ing bil­lions of Earth­lings – but that’s mit­i­gated be­cause he’s a re­ally good lay. Not to men­tion the book’s “provoca­tive” de­fence of vi­o­lent kid­nap and forced mar­riage, thrown into hor­ri­ble re­lief by last year’s ab­duc­tions in Nige­ria by Boko Haram.

Jinx Town has a de­cent gen­der­bend­ing thread and a propul­sive plot, though by the sec­ond half it’s in­creas­ingly pre­dictable. The writ­ing, though, is blunt and coarse, the char­ac­ters wretch­edly me­chan­i­cal. If the rapes and dis­mem­ber­ing don’t make you blanch, then how about a line like this: “His pale grey eyes looked open and hon­est, but they hid the cold strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion of his sol­dier’s heart.” Ugh, take it away! An­drew Os­mond Stone co- wrote forth­com­ing Who spin- off White Witch Of Devil’s End, fea­tur­ing Miss Hawthorne from 1971’ s “The Dae­mons”.

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