Unfortunates

Unfortunates by Leo X. Robertson (June 24, 2021)

In this collection of stories a sadistic blogger gleefully documents the murders of Hollywood celebrities. A journalist infiltrates a sex club for the physically impaired, finding he has more in common with them than he first assumed. A soon-to-be-dad gets seduced by a water spirit, which questions everything he thought he could impart as a father. And a primary school teacher meets his most difficult class yet: a horde of undead children.

In these stories, ordinary people must confront their biggest flaws and deepest fears in worlds eerily similar to our own. Because the worst horrors are the real ones we create for ourselves.

The IndieMuse Review

Unfortunates by Leo X. Robertson is a collection of eight stories which were written in the last five years. It is the first time I read this author.

As I approach 500 reviews—within the next few months, hopefully—I have yet to reach the point, when I don’t connect to something that received good reviews, where I don’t wonder if the fault lies with me. (Don’t ask my wife, though…)

Robertson’s book was written fairly well and I can’t fault the author for his writing style. Technically, I don’t really have anything I can point to that was disappointing or badly executed. Yet, for some reason, this one didn’t do much for me.

While I can say “Blu-Ray My Life” was a five-star short story and miles above the rest, “A Sensational Star-Studded Blood Feast!” was the best one after that, and it would have scored 3.5 stars as an individual story for my taste.

However, there was no real connection with any of the other six stories. They are not bad, but none of them gave me anything special enough to remember three months from now. I think the biggest problem I have as I’m writing this, is that the final story—Unfortunates—felt way too long for the word count, which is a clear indication that I didn’t get any joy from it.

This leaves me in a bit of a difficult spot. As a reviewer, I have to give a fair opinion on the entire book. As I am not in the game of author-bashing, I take no joy in writing and reviewing a book I did not like, especially if I can’t point to anything the author did wrong.

There are some authors who are very popular and have a large fan-base, whose stories are just not for me. So, I want to leave you with this thought: If you are interested in this author’s work, do some research, read a few reviews on Goodreads and make up your own mind. I have nothing bad to say about this collection other than it was just not for me.

MORT STONE

Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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