An interesting depiction of a dark new world where twisted and perverted demons live among us in secret! This first story defines these alien and ..Show More »devious antagonists that hide amidst humans with grotesque yet intriguing and strange imagery, creating an eerie feeling that, if such creatures really did live among us, our world would definitely be doomed! The tone of the narrator, whose voice coincidently sounds a bit like Mr. Greenwood's, contributes to giving a surrealistic and slightly humorous mood to this dark tale. On the negative side, I did find it a bit difficult to relate to any of the characters in the story, and it seemed to me that some of the more sexually explicit content somehow lacked real purpose at times, hence the three stars for the story, but these are minor gripes. Overall, a very promising start for this new series. I'm already downloading the next two volumes! Also, the cover art rocks!
Rather than a sequel to the first book, this second volume in the series is a different tale taking place in the same universe, featuring different ch..Show More »aracters. The story evolves in a well-crafted crescendo, gradually building up in tension and horror right until the climactic finale. The main character is also brilliantly developed; the reader can easily relate to her, yet she has an interesting and convincing personality that also evolves with the story. The supporting cast of characters is also very good, and the villain is tremendously despicable, which works very well for the narrative. The narrator is excellent, except perhaps when it comes to female voices. Male narrators doing female voices, or female narrators doing male voices usually don't bother me much, but this time, the narrator's deep and rough voice somehow made the female cast sound a bit silly. It's a bit distracting since the main character is female. But otherwise the narration was very well done. If you liked the first volume in the series, or if you simply like modern horror or urban fantasy, this is a must read. The Hellmaw universe is expanding. I can't wait to read the next book.
The plot of this third novel in the Hellmaw universe was very intriguing, the main character felt well developed. The overall narrative made it feel l..Show More »ike the real monsters in this world aren’t necessarily the demons that are hidden within it, but the humans themselves. It might sound like a slightly overused trope, but I still found it effective and thought provoking. The author took on the impressive task of tackling several contemporary social issues: racial and sexual discrimination, trolling and cyber-bullying, discrimination against LGBTs, racial profiling, sexual harassment, and so on. This is a very commendable endeavor, but overall it felt like theses themes were permeating throughout every interaction between characters. This omnipresence felt somewhat heavy-handed and even a little preachy at times. Nevertheless, the story remains thought provoking, and makes us question who the true monsters are. I’m curious to see how this arc will fit into the whole Hellmaw world.
Really enjoyable read. Very well written and with a great main character (Quills). The story was very satisfying -- though I'm curious how all the Hel..Show More »lmaw stories will tie together eventually.
The performance was good, not great - but I'm being picky. I would've liked a little more differentiation between the characters but the emotion, tone, etc was very good. Most definitely worth the listen however.