April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Nothing But Blackened Teeth Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really, really wanted to like this more. The premise sounds fantastic, the buzz was hot, and the cover was worth the price of admission alone. Unfortunately, while Khaw achieves a healthy balance of minimalist description and creepy vibes, it all becomes bogged down in far too much purple prose (or in this case, violent violet prose). I don’t think there is a single sentence in this slim novella that doesn’t have some sort of metaphor or allegory, and in a story that is already short, it becomes just too much. If all of that flowery description were to be removed, we’d have been left with a decent story, but a very short one at that. Overall, rather disappointing.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Nightfire for a free digital review copy.

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