I have a treat for you, beginning today! Two of the four books in this trifecta tour curtesy of Novel Publicity, will be reviewed right here. Today I’m reviewing Stranger Will. A dark piece of fiction I found sickening, odd, and compelling. Read on for the details!
Stranger Will by Caleb J. Ross – My Book Review
This was an uncomfortable book for me to read, but then I never expected it to be otherwise once I read the blurb. The darkness surrounding the story and characters in this novel is not the usual darkness I explore in fiction – the vampires and and monsters of urban fantasy and horror were no where to be sen, yet this felt darker at times – even horrific. It’s grounding in reality made this much more compelling, but also difficult to digest. I did so in chunks and punctuated by other, more easy reads.
The language used by this undeniably talented author was beautiful, gritty, and well, a little bit mental. The character development surged forward – thoroughly and deeply, and the twisted plot only served to frame his intense journey of the seeping mental decay (or at least that’s what I gleaned from it) of Will – a man who cleans up the stains of death for a living, and who takes the deviant advice of the unfathomable Mrs Rose, regarding getting rid of his major issue – the impending birth of his unborn child.
I didn’t like any of the characters – non of them inspired empathy or understanding – which would normally put me off a book. Stranger got away with this though, because of its utter originality and although not typically enjoyable, it did pull me through my comfort zone, and the authors use of language inspired my imagination.
About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!
Welcome to Novel Publicity’s first ever publishing house blog tour. Join us as three new titles from Perfect Edge–we’re calling them the Perfect Edge Trifecta–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!
About the book: The child he loves. The idea of a child, he’s beginning to understand, is where everything will go wrong.
William works as a human remains removal specialist, removing stains left by the dead. Whether by a bloody crime scene or a quiet domestic death, William is reminded each day of the frailty of human life. As his fiancée, Julie, nears term with their first child William becomes increasingly desperate for a way to overcome his belief that to birth is to kill. But Mrs. Rose, an elementary school principal and messenger pigeon hobbyist, nurtures William’s depressive outlook and claims to have a way to prove that William’s hesitancy to accept fatherhood is not only natural but necessary.
In this novel of impending fatherhood, an idealistic teacher recruits a pliant protégé to join her group of Strangers – a devout collection of kindred minds who have dedicated their lives to cultivating a unique idea of perfection.
But joining is easier than leaving.
Stranger Will explores the human urge to reproduce via one man’s struggle to understand his role as a father. As Rob Roberge, author of More than They Could Chew and Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life, says “This is an original—unlike anything you’ve ever read before.”
About the author: Caleb J. Ross has a BA in English Literature and creative writing from Emporia State University. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared widely, both online and in print. He is the author of five books of fiction and is a core contributor to The BookTube Vidcast, a columnist at ManArchy Magazine, and is the creator of The Burning Books Channel, a YouTube channel featuring humorous book reviews, literary skits, writing advice, and rants. Connect with Caleb on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Stranger Will, or an autographed copy of one of its tour mates, Angel Falls by Michael Paul Gonazelz or The Sound of Loneliness by Craig Wallwork. Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog.
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Perfect Edge Trifecta tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
Perfect Edge Books was founded in late 2011 to unite authors whose books weren’t “obviously” commercial. Our books tend to sit in various genres all at once: literary fiction, satire, neo-noir, sci-fi, experimental prose. We believe that literary doesn’t have to mean difficult, and that difficult doesn’t just mean pointless. We prefer to cultivate a word-of-mouth approach to marketing, and keep production as simple as we can. Learn more at www.PerfectEdgeBooks.com.
Learn more about Stranger Will‘s tour mates HERE.