Written by Micol Ostow, and illustrated by David Ostow (siblings or spouses, I am not sure), The Devil and Winnie Flynn would look to be something I might dig. Teenage Winnie’s mother has just died, apparently of a suicide, and Winnie is whisked off to work with her mom’s long-estranged sister Maggie, host and producer of a popular reality horror show, Fantastic Fearsome, as they search for the Jersey Devil. Winnie herself is a fan of horror movies and knows the tropes, but doesn’t believe for a second in the actual supernatural. What happens when she is confronted by evidence to suggest there’s more to life than she has been led to believe?
Well, that should have gotten my attention, but didn’t. Explanations and SPOILERS after the cut.
I received my Kindle Fire as Christmas gift from my in-laws in 2011. As a person who reads quite a bit and lives in a one-bedroom apartment with my wife, it was a great gift, a real space-saver, especially since I had to give away maybe three quarters of my book collection when we moved from New Jersey to New York state for my job. Being able to fit a massive library in a single device was a godsend. And since it came from Amazon, I was able to use it to buy books directly from them. Initially, I went for their free stuff, that being public domain works, many of which were quite rewarding, like the first of Edgar Rice Burrows’ John Carter novels. I was a wee bit wary of buying too many books, since the device made buying them so easy, and many looked to cost about ten dollars each. That adds up after a while. So while looking around, I found a book that sounded interesting that would cost me a whopping $1.99. It was called Alice in Deadland, and it promised to be a story mixing zombies with the 19th century children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Hey, Alice was my favorite book as a kid, and I do enjoy the occasional zombie novel. What could go wrong? A lot, apparently. The book wasn’t terribly good. Mostly it was terrible. Not only does Amazon make it easier to buy books, it makes it easier for people to self-publish books. These books tend to be cheap, and, you generally get what you pay for.