By Jason Cavallaro
My name is Jason Cavallaro (parents didn’t give me a middle name…so lazy) and this is my first review for Dead Head Reviews. Before we begin, allow me to explain a few things about my reviews. Firstly, my reviews are very short. This is by design. When I’m reading someone else’s review, I don’t want a play-by-play of main plot points, so I won’t give you one. As a matter of fact, you can skip the review altogether and just scroll down to the grade if you want. Furthermore, I use a lettered grading system:
A: Near flawless. A book that I will beg others to read.
B: Very good. I will recommend to others.
D: Did not like
One key here is that “A” grades are rare. Only 5-10% of books that I read will receive this grade. Conversely, “D” and “F” are also rare. Another thing to note here is that a “C” isn’t what I’d label a “bad” book. I say this because on a star rating system, 3-stars is considered to be a subpar rating and that isn’t the case here.
Ok, enough of that.
Carnivorous Lunar Activities (love that title) is my first book by Max Booth III, although I’ve been aware of him for a while now. His podcast, GHOULISH, is fun if you like awesome stuff. His off-kilter sense of humor is certainly on full display in this one. The obvious comparison would be to fellow horror/comedy writer Jeff Strand, and I mean that in the best way possible. Max does the ultimate balancing act here by constructing a story that is fun, but still manages to shock. Much of the story is narrated in past tense, which was a sneakily smart way to lull the reader into a false sense of security. Another thing that I liked about this book is that there is a short list of characters, but all are drawn well. Too often, stories get cluttered up with extraneous characters. Not the case here. It’s a simple, fun story, done well, with good writing.
Werewolves + blood + dick jokes + beer equals….
I received a paperback of this book from the author for review consideration.