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Zakk reviews Cruelty, episodically.
Cruelty: Episode Four (47 pages), Episode 5: Mid Season Finale (79 pages), Episode Six (49 pages), and episode 7 (48 pages) by Edward Lorn, published by E. Lorn.
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Episodic Entertainment Value
Episode 7 – 5/ 5
Episode 6 – 5/ 5
Episode 5 – 5/ 5
Episode 4 – 5/ 5
Overall Entertainment Value (Comprehensive rating, because the kids like numbers)
Still a strong 5/5 thus far.
Final Thoughts on Episodes Four, Five, Six, and Seven (judging the book by it’s content)
I had thoroughly intended on hitting these episodes as I read them but you know how life is, you turn your back on Life for a moment and it wallops you, runs you over, or just in general drags you through the mud. So while I haven’t been updating the blog, I have still been plugging away at Cruelty, in episodic installments. And in short, I am still enjoying the shit out of it.
The drawback to taking this on in monthly installments, besides the desire to keep going, is losing track of the fact that this yarn takes place over a matter of days, not months. A bloody, chaotic, gnarly handful of days. I’m still not a fan of Twon, that muddahfuckah, seen! (take a shot of booze every time that pops up on the page), not because he’s a bad character, it’s because his dialog inflection makes me want him to find his end. I dig Will a lot (although he has been in short supply lately), hell, I dig damn near every character in this massive book, but it’s the unknown that really drives my interest. Cruelty is a great character and as it’s (his?) layers peel back I’m even more intrigued. Forgiveness is another suburb baddie, the scene with Forgiveness going walkabout down main street mostly unseen but felt by all is fucking rad (the whole episode featuring Forgiveness, really). The meeting of Lody & Scott… there’s a lot to digest. And every serving is awesome.
I am excited to continue this twisted tale, to learn the truths, the how’s and why’s. I hope for more chaos, more bloodshed. I expect more rampant entertainment.
Know this, Cruelty will end up on my bookshelf in physical form. Also know this, I really want a Cruelty action figure, with severed head and crumpled carcass accessories.
Recommendation/ Likelihood to Continue
I’m in it till the end, or till someone pries my Kindle from my cold dead hands.
CRUELTY is a serial novel in ten parts:
On a lonely stretch of deserted Texas highway, Will Longmire breaks down. But he’s not alone.
In the dead of night, Innis Blake hits someone, or something, with her car. The figure shouldn’t be getting up. But it is.
An unstoppable force is after Will and Innis. And before the night is over, both strangers will know the face of Cruelty.
Forgiveness is only a few miles down the road, but safety is nowhere in sight.
Great Expectations (judging the series by it’s cover)
After being thoroughly entertained by a few of his reads over the past year, I’d have to say that I have become a fan of Edward Lorn brand fiction. He’s hit the level of “new books get a guaranteed schedule spot”. So while I wait somewhat impatiently for the next new thing (which at this writing is The Bedding of Boys) I am going to take the opportunity to delve a bit into his back catalog.
One late winter/ early spring night while in a hotel room with the entire family asleep, exhausted from a day at Disneyland and me without a book-light, keeping me from reading my current paperback, I started Cruelty: Episode One, the first part in a ten part serial.
While Cruelty has been released in various forms of completion, I have decided upon tackling this read in the fashion in which it was first released, that being episodically. One episode every two to three weeks, I haven’t quite nailed that down yet (Thus far it’s ended up being an episode a month). All I know is that I’d like to keep it at a set schedule, rather than blowing through the 600+ page novel all at once. This will force me to take it at a slow, calculated pace, hopefully building an organic excitement as I “await” further chapters, just as the original readers were forced to do.
This is an ongoing experiment, and it should continue to be fun, let’s see how it goes.
P.S. since this isn’t a traditional review set-up, these passages/ entries could start to come off as spastic as I’d like to hit the Episodes in the moment. Also because I am a spastic kind of guy.
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
Previous Thoughts on Episode Three
Previous Thoughts on Episode Two
Previous Thoughts on Episode One
**Note: I am choosing to review this book voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
About Edward Lorn
Edward Lorn is a reader, writer, and content creator. He’s been writing for fun since the age of six, and writing professionally since 2011. He can be found haunting the halls of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Goodreads.
Edward Lorn lives in the southeast United States with his wife and two children. He is currently working on his next novel.
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