Razor D Belphe

A horror and fantasy writer, recently published, trying to get serious about his craft.

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Grim Reaper

An interesting cat and mouse game between a boy and a Halloween-obsessed serial killer dubbed "The Grim Reaper". Starts off seemingly generic, but has an interesting supernatural twist midway through. Eager to know more about the Grim Reaper and his link to the protagonist. A few misspellings here or there, nothing too egregious. Pacing is a little awkward at times. I would have liked to know more about Alex. Horror is predicated on sharing an empathic connection with those the horror happens to. Might benefit from a flashback to the friends. These are small issues though. Curious to see how this ends.

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Psychological Thriller

The narrative alternates between two couples and uses seemingly prophetic dreams as a connecting thread between them as we see both protagonists' realities start to converge and unravel. The tension gradually ramps up as the line between fantasy and reality blurs. The immersion is occasionally broken by the odd misspelling here snd there. This problem aside, the story is a compelling read with a great reveal/ending.

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An Engaging Dynamic

The plot of the story hinges on the interactions between its primary main characters. A vengeful spirit, a victim of human sacrifice, allies with a necromancer pygmy to find and punish those responsible for his death. These two characters play off each other nicely, and the flow of the story is generally engaging. The only distractions are occasional misspellings and random tense changes.

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Chosen One Deconstruction. With Dinosaurs

The Harry Potter description mentioned in the other review is on-point. This story has a similar tone and the same sense of wonder, this time predicated on the sense of majesty associated with dinosaurs, cross-bred with a heavy dose of soft sci-fi. There are a few grammar mistakes and the phrasing is at times overly formal or otherwise off. I don't always get the sense of two people talking to each other from conversations. This appears to be the main issue though. The premise is unique and the deconstructionist elements in regards to the chosen one trope are a welcome change of pace in a market oversaturated with prophesied heroes. The book is aimed at children, and I can easily see it on a shelf next to Animorphs or Goosebumps. It's the right blend of creativity and simple but compelling storytelling to capture a child's imagination. That said, it's still a fun read for an adult.

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Required Reading

I'll admit, when I first saw the cover, I thought "Killer clown cliche, big whoop." But, upon reading "The Color of Evil" I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. The story is three-dimensional and fleshed out, the characters believable and easy to picture, the plot engaging, etc. The story effortlessly swings between supernatural thriller and high school drama, and the juxtaposition of these two ends creates an uncanny sort of feeling that sticks with the reader. I'll admit I'm not yet finished with this story, but what I've read so far has excelled far beyond my expectations.

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