Not war and peace. Granted. I gave it 4 stars cause its so dirt cheap. I purchased this book for 99 cents. Where can you get a few hours of enjoyment for 99 cents? This writer slaved for days….weeks to get this done. I pay 99 cents and then judge it. Doesn't seem fair. So…I gave the book an extra star just for being sooooo worth the money. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed…especially if you like caged babies, demon offerings, and hermaphrodites.
This little book is so ace but so hard to describe as being a novella there isn't a lot of text to review and describe but what is there is truly wonderful. It's most definitely not the book for those faint at heart and no love of horror and gore, this gem is stuffed full of both!
The book revolves around a man called Yamack Lisconn who has heard strange tales from gypsies regarding a village and it's inhabitants. He makes the fateful decision to see if the rumours are true by hiding in a tree while the villagers perform a nightmarish ritual. He didn't bank on falling from the tree, breaking his leg and starting a chain of events he could never have imagined in his wildest dreams!
David G. Barnett had produced a work that does not lack in the descriptive in the slightest and the imagery is intense and pretty morbid.
The God in question, The Trifoth is a wonderful piece of descriptive work and the super sickening The Caged One, a grotesque caged baby of immense girth and who image graces the cover of the book so you have no doubt in your mind's eye how this terrible creature looks. As the horrific characters in the book they both work well and are truly scary, the other human characters don't seem to lack in character despite not having a lot of text to introduce them which is a sign of very clever writing techniques as you feel you do know them and you do care whether they survive intact or not.
I really don't want to say much more as I don't want to give the plot away too much but I will say it's pretty icky..... and that's good! Once the action gets going it does not stop under the very end and keeps you gripped right the way through all the blood and gore.
All in all this is a fantastic little book and if you like your horror (in book and film) gory and intense then this is a book for you as it does not lack in either. It's grotesque but in a very enjoyable way and personally I loved it. It's not book for everyone but it most definitely is the book for me.... so much so I read it all in one sitting...... at bedtime too, no nightmares for me!
"They asked for the most gruesome tale I had . . . And once it is told they never want to hear another," says the story's old gypsy, planting seeds of self-destruction in Yamak, a perhaps too curious young man. While David Barnett's tale isn't exactly the "killing joke" that will doom any reader to a hideous death, it certainly lives up to the promise of gruesome, and readers with weak (or delicate) hearts may indeed never want to hear another. Those made of stronger stuff, the kind who might share the lead character Yamak's adventurous spirit, will get a kick out of this "Grand Guignol meets (unedited, original) Grimm's Fairy Tales" story. As blunt as a cannibal's club, with a monster straight out of the hell reserved for creatures too terrible for even the old school myths, Spying on Gods is an assault on propriety's sense and sensibility, a transgressive dark fantasy/horror story that will not comfort or reassure. For those who like their horror straight with no chaser, this is one to curl up with.
The book's title is a warning about what NOT to do, and when Yamak Lisconn disobeys this warning, not only does he suffer but so does his village. This latest from David G. Barnett reads like a timeless tale set in a long-ago village... Okay, okay, enough of making it sound like a fairy tale. True, it has village elders, heated town hall meetings, gypsy warnings and a compelling father-daughter relationship (Mirika and Victor, two strong, stubborn, heartfelt characters.) But beware! Barnett gives it a monstrous punch of horror - those of you who love the graphic and gruesome in his work, be ready for the Trifoth, and oh man, the Caged Baby. And Barnett's craft shines through as he weaves between a world on Earth and one hellishly below in a way that leaves you desperately hoping everything turns out okay for this tainted, barren village. Then again, this IS Dave Barnett, so how much hope will he allow his readers to have, lol! SPYING is an awesome read, I enjoyed the heck out of it (even the parts that made me cringe in horror.) Great and unique addition to this author's oeuvre.