21 August, 2018

The Sea was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title: The Sea was a Fair Master

Author: Calvin Demmer
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Publisher : Unnerving
Length of the book: 83 pages
Source: A free e-review copy from the author for review


Blurb:

The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.

Purchase Links:
Amazon India

My Review:

This book is a collection of short stories in different genres, but mostly horror. Most of the stories are unpredictable and have a good twist at the end. A few are about the unique human behavior whereas a few are about the circumstances and perceptions. A few have spine-chilling horror in fewer words and a few stories are silly. 

It is difficult to rate a short story collection as I absolutely loved most of the stories but also felt a few not up to the mark. 

Here is my opinion on the stories I liked:

Revenge of the myth is unpredictable and is an interesting take on the old myth.
The One is, of course, unpredictable and gave a disgusted feeling about Abby and Toby. 
Fear the clowns - This story misleads from the starting about the fear of clowns but gives a nice twist at the end. Good, short and perfect.
Voodoo child is a proper horror story with good narration and suspense.
The snakes or humans is a nice read about humanity with a simple plot.
Like a Spanish Guitar is spine-chilling and unpredictable. 
Hangman is a fun horror story

Noisy Neighbours is definitely a different story with an unexpected ending.

Overall, I have enjoyed reading this book of short stories which is interesting and unique. This is the best book for long drives and train journeys. 

My Rating: 4/5
I recommend this to the readers who love short stories with some horror. 

PS: I have received a free e-review copy of the book from the author in exchange of my review and this is my honest option on the book.

My Rating System

I rate books by the 5-star rating system. 

1/5: I hated it
2/5: Below average, I don't like it.
3/5: It is ok with some faults.
4/5: I liked it and I recommend it to others though it has slight imperfections.

5/5: It is awesome and I will definitely recommend it to others.

About the Author:
Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at www.calvindemmer.com or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.

Until next time,

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