Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Higher Expectations For Known Authors
Darkness Rising by Brian Moreland disappointed me. When I read his novel, The Vagrants, I couldn't wait to read more by the author, but his novella lacked the level of creativity that I'd come to expect from Moreland. Marty's special "talent" is extremely original, but the majority of imagery within Darkness Rising reminded me of various horror movies pieced together - kind of like Frankenstein's monster.
The novella is well-written, and, perhaps, readers that are new to Moreland will enjoy this story more than I did, but I feel I would be doing a disservice to the author if I said this was a great example of his talent...it's not. He can do so much better than this, and I sincerely hope that he pushes himself harder on his next project.
(Authors who have been reviewed by me in the past actually have it harder than newbie authors because my expectations are higher, especially if I am a fan. That said, I hope Brian Moreland doesn't put me on his shit list.)