Friday, July 19, 2013

It's a Mad, Mad World

Mad Moral (Mad #1) by Kevin Anthony

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Twenty year old Ford Fischer is a serial slasher desperately trying to resist the lure of the blade. After taking a life, Ford's regret consumes him, leading him to self-mutilate his hand in hopes of preventing further mayhem. All the while a series of family issues threaten to sidetrack his quest for mental stability. His drug abusing mother disappears after an argument between her and Ford; leaving him sole caretaker of his transgender parent, whose life is slowly deteriorating from a mysterious illness. The parental strain leads him to weigh the strength of his bond with the two divorcees. Just as Ford feels nothing more could go wrong, he finds himself in the middle of a slashing spree - the victims being slashers themselves. He's forced to play the role of detective to avoid becoming suspect, or worse, a victim. As slasher after slasher is eliminated, Ford seeks out the blade-friendly stalker with the morally conflicted mindset "slash or be slashed." MAD MORAL is the world of Ford Fischer, where in murderous stuffed animals, demonic possessions, gigantic creepy crawlers, knife wielding slashers and much more madness are common place. Fischer, coupled with a romantically conflicted exorcist and a dreamer who redefines night terrors, leads us through a twisted world that can be best defined as one of a kind.

Review: A very mad story with giant spiders, slashers, exorcists, and zombies.

It certainly is a mad world and it gets even madder in this book. I was expecting this book to focus mostly on Ford Fischer and the slasher who is killing slashers. The summary does state: “murderous stuffed animals, demonic possessions, gigantic creepy crawlers, knife wielding slashers and much more madness are common place” so I was expecting a pretty crazy read. It was even crazier than I expected. Some many elements are common place including giant spiders, zombies, cults, exorcists, and possessed teddy bears. The craziness, or should I say madness, walked a fine line between being entertaining and too over the top.

One of my favorite parts of the novel was Slashers Anonymous. It is quite incongruous, but I guess slashing could be considered an addiction. I wonder if they have a twelve step program. The slasher slashing the slashers reminded me of Dexter and I would have liked to see more of that character. A few chapters from his point of view would have been cool. I seem to like killers killing other killers. This book had a winding twisting plot, but it was enjoyable and managed to all come together.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those interested in horrors novels with a supernatural bent.

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