So when I saw this I *knew* I had to read it. I mean Squid Whores, no way could I pass it by. That being said, this is not my usual brand of weird. This is off-the-wall, laugh out loud, kind of weird.
This was hilarious. Even if you don't care for the story, the names alone will have you laughing. "Willie Reddick" - go ahead, say it out loud. Say it again, this time space out the syllables.
There are a wide variety of characters. You have the aforementioned Mr. Reddick, he's a cop. And then, you've got Cal Amari, the pimp. A wide variety of squid hookers, and their muscle. Dee Paulson, a lesbian in hiding, cooking channel celebrity. And the disabled white boy in a wheelchair who thinks he's a thug.
This is basically the story of Reddick trying to track down these squid whores who are drugging their customers and then robbing them while they're knocked out.
Even though they are supposed to be the bad guys, so to speak, I found myself not wanting them to be caught. I liked the squid whores and their personalities. The ending was fitting, I suppose, and I definitely wasn't expecting it.
For what it was, I really did enjoy it. It made me laugh and kept me interested. I definitely didn't know what was coming at any point.
The only problem I had was that in my mind, squid are small, so I'm still trying to figure out how a person can have sex with a squid. And, yes, I am that weird person who is actually thinking about this.
*Copy received in exchange for an honest review.
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About The Author:
Distantly related to Mary Shelley on her father's side, Charie is primarily known as a ghostwriter in the field of sports - mostly baseball. She has had at least one book go to #1 on Amazon in 2 different categories.
Currently working to establish herself as an author in her own name, she has created a genre called Circuspunk (listed at Urban Dictionary) and a book of short stories in the genre to Chupa Cabra called Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie was released on December 6. She also has a her first satirical book (or Nyzarro as she calls it), Squid Whores of the Futon Fish Market coming out with JWK Fiction. She also has upcoming stories in Alex S. Johnson's heavy metal anthology Axes of Evil and Shwibly Magazine, James Ward Kirk's Bones and Ugly Babies 2, In Vein for the benefit of St. Jude's Hospital, Chupa Cabra's We Walk Invisible, Dynatox Ministries' Witches!, Ripple Effect for Hurricane Katrina relief, Surreal Grotesque,Oneiros Books CUT UP! and other anthologies. She was September's featured writer at Solarcide. She is known for writing in many different genres from crime to bizarro to erotica and even Seussian. She is currently editing a trilogy of Circuspunk anthologies called The New Whakazoid Circus--The Greatest Show on Paper. She is most proud of working with an Iranian translator, translating Booker Man Award Winner Vernon God Little into Persian--which became a bestseller in Iran.
Currently, along with her partner Alex S. Johnson, author of Bad Sunset and Timm Tayshun, publisher of Chupa Cabra House, she has established a Facebook group for writers called Special Snowflakes. The three of them will be publishing anthologies quarterly that will benefit an author in need or a cause. The first is for an author in Portland who has lost his job and been denied unemployment benefits. He is about to become homeless. The books will be called Heartcore: Special Snowflakes Anthologies. They will feature the works of authors in different genres, willing to donate a story to the cause. The books will showcase the talents of indie authors and help a person or cause--a win-win situation. The response has been overwhelming.
A redhead with a redheaded attitude, she lives in NY with her mother and son and fur children Bailey Corwin, Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel where she is partial to shoes and naps.
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