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Andrew F. Sullivan

Forfatter af The Handyman Method

4+ Værker 260 Medlemmer 14 Anmeldelser

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Værker af Andrew F. Sullivan

The Handyman Method (2023) — Forfatter — 147 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
The Marigold (2023) — Forfatter — 72 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Waste (2016) 24 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
All We Want Is Everything (2013) 17 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser

Associated Works

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #193 (2016) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Collage Macabre: An Exhibition of Art Horror — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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The Saban family are the first ones to move into a new, unfinished development community. Rita Saban is a successful lawyer. Trent Saban, her husband, is also a lawyer, but currently on paid leave (significantly less than he used to make) due to an incident that happened in the recent past. They have one child, Milo, who has a pet turtle named Morty.

When they first move into their new home, Trent's biggest complaint is that the beautiful lawn he was promised doesn't exist yet. The house itself initially looks perfect...until Trent takes a closer look and sees the large crack in one of the closets. He can fix it, he's sure, even though he's never previously been very handy. His ego has taken a bit of a hit lately due to his work situation, and he's determined to prove his worth by taking care of the various little issues around the house, starting with that crack. With the help of "Handyman Hank" videos he finds on Youtube and frequent trips to Home Depot, he begins to feel more confident and capable. But there's something darker behind those videos, and before he knows it, Trent finds himself caught up in it.

I went into this expecting Trent to be a decent guy who was gradually influenced by toxic aspects in his "Handyman Hank" videos, which included a pretty strong thread of "real men know how to fix things themselves" from the start. Instead, Trent was pretty bitter and awful right from the start, and it was pathetically easy for the "Handyman Hank" videos to get him to embrace openly toxic masculinity. I hated his internal voice and the way he thought about and talked to his wife and son. My dislike was so strong that, if this had been a longer work, I doubt I'd have finished it. As it was, I wanted to DNF it pretty early on, and unfortunately Trent only got more repugnant as the story progressed.

Something I didn't expect: pretty much every character in this was horrible and off-putting, by the end. I started off with a certain amount of sympathy for Rita, but that evaporated as I found out more about her. The one character who 100% didn't deserve what happened to them was Morty the turtle (by the way, content warning for gruesome and graphically described scenes - pet death, self-harm, amateur surgery, and probably other things I'm forgetting).

All in all, this was an unpleasant book about largely unpleasant people, and I was glad when I finished it and could move on to something else.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
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Familiar_Diversions | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 8, 2024 |
A fun twist on a normal haunting! Descriptions were out of this world, like everything Cutter does!
eboods | 4 andre anmeldelser | Feb 28, 2024 |
The promise of progress has been tantalizing dreamers for centuries, often to their ruin, and it’s the tug-and-pull of progress, greed, and ruin which Sullivan manages to explore and subvert in this gorgeous work of eco-horror.

From the very opening of The Marigold, there’s an awareness of nature being encroached upon by humanity’s search for what comes next, to the extent that that ‘next’ enslaves their every waking hour. But here, with a breathless feeling of both dread and triumph—well, triumph for those of us who often root for Nature finding a way—the reader sees Nature fighting back with a vengeance for its own progress. And there’s something utterly wonderful about this, both in the horror which Sullivan delivers alongside this movement and also when it comes to the attention he gives to the naturalness of it all. Alongside the more artificial progress made by humanity’s greed, where everything is quickly shown to be a tower of cards, the give-and-take of Nature’s very different understanding of life and death is impossible to deny...and beautifully delivered with every word of rot, horror, and ruin.

As with some of Sullivan’s short stories, entrapment is an aching theme throughout the work, but by showing it in such different terms, he manages to give a nod to the “real world” we know and fear while elevating the horror at the heart of this novel. On one hand, it’s entrapment through progress, through greed, and through foresight. And, on the other hand, it’s the very physical entrapment of a strained, unnatural cityscape imploding with the force of all it’s held off.

But while all this sounds really bleak, no small part of the beauty in this novel comes from the pure joy with which Sullivan delivers the horror and the ruin. Terrifying as the book may be, it is also fun, oddly pure, and masterful in its every scene. The small grotesqueries and the constant tributes to the natural world—and the weird, sweet, elegance of even the gooiest parts of nature—are given such careful attention that fungi all but bleed off the page for the reader, just as is the case for characters. Admittedly, I fell in love with even the most dangerous organisms in this book, and they’re no small part of what makes this book’s contribution to eco-horror so undeniable.

I’ll be rereading and recommending this book for a long time to come. Whether you come to it through the lens of eco-fiction or horror, you’ll find something here to fall into, and be horrified and mesmerized by.
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whitewavedarling | 4 andre anmeldelser | Oct 16, 2023 |
DNF at 50% or 175 pages.

This started out strong and then became a chore to read. I really only enjoyed the chapters from the perspectives of the two Wet Inspectors. I was far enough into it to realize where all these disparate plot lines were going to meet up, but I just didn't care. The concept is interesting, but the execution was lacking.
LynnMPK | 4 andre anmeldelser | Sep 8, 2023 |



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