Monday, 12 May 2014

The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe by April Grey



A collection of short and medium sized stories ranging from hysterical to yucky, but all quite brilliant.

Like little brain farts of horror AG throws weirdness after bonkers at you in this collection; from decaying mothers to super heroes to mad scientists she has not left a stereo type out.

Some have random gore in them but most are just very quirky with an underlying hilarity.

“Russell Stover is your friend” I think was my favourite of the little shorts as it was only a few paragraphs long but it really stayed with me for quite a while.

The second part of the book is all longer stories.

Exile is a brilliant reminder that all life is precious.

Objects of Desire veers off at such a sharp direction I literally laughed and snorted on the plane (I was travelling to the WHC when I read this book). Not so much a plot twist as a full somersault. 

At the end of the Day was such a sad vampire tale with a cruel ending that is was totally absorbing.

Hell is Lonely Without You was a strong tale of revenge that came with a big dose of morality and really made me wonder where the roots of this story lay for the author.

The Butterfly Dream was a powerful story but it was so short I read it twice to make sure I had not missed anything and felt it should have been in the first half of the book.

Problems of Communication was just weird! A dolphin mind meld and some strange movie watching, fascinating if a little off the wall.

What you Will was a brilliant ending to a great collection, short sharp but not so sweet – it did leave me with a grin though.

April Grey certainly has a way of telling a story that grabs you straight off and throws you around the room a bit before letting you sit down on a spikey surface.

I always enjoy her short stories and would love to see a novel by her, the comedy angle that she manages to capture amongst the most gruesome of ideas is great!



     The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe