“ Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Author: Andrew Biss / ISBN: 1461018021 / Publication Date: 2011 / Publisher: Vacancy Books „
The End Of The World is a rather bizarre novella available to download on your Kindle currently for free from Amazon that is based loosely on a play and/or The Tibetan Book Of The Dead! It tells the story of Valentine; a young man who has spent much of his life in seclusion under the mentorship of his parents but who now finds himself thrust out into the big, bad world.
Forced to make his own way in the world for the first time in his life, Valentine's first experiences on his own are not good ones! After escaping a bungled mugging, he finds himself at the doors of a small Bed And Breakfast called The End Of The World and it is there that things begin to get distinctly odd! It is not just that his Landlady is a little eccentric ~ she offers a full breakfast each morning, apparently, that includes sausages when in season(?) ~ but his fellow guests also leave much to be desired! Groans, moans and laughter can be continually heard in the hallways, one of the guests has no stomach and another lives inside the refridgerator. Add to that a preist who emerges from the kitchen sink and what you are left with is a story that is a lesson in the surreal!
Unfortunately, things go downhill from here! The ending and money shot are a little obvious and throw everything that has gone before into ill repute and there is a ral sense that the author has made this story odd simply for the sake of making it odd and adding some quikiness into an otherwise no more than average tale!
I wanted to likeit, and kind of did despite the ending, but could not bring myself to love it.
At best, this is an average read and not worth paying for but okay for a freebie!