You’re jinxed if you read it
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”.