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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Depraved 2 by Bryan Smith

It is indeed a cold day in Hell. Quite literally. It's sleeting outside and I am confining myself to the comfy inside of my room. I've got Tool's Lateralus blasting (which is odd because I'm rarely in a mood for Tool) and I've decided it's high time to do some blogging about books and such. One book I'd like to talk about (I won't say review because I'm still reading it) is Bryan Smith's Depraved 2. Hence my rather brilliant post title. I thought it up all by myself. 

I am a fan of Bryan Smith. I have posted about his books Kayla and the Devil, Depraved, and The Killing Kind and clicking on those titles will tell you whatever fantastic things I had to say about them. I also listed him on my list of favorite authors (found here... although that list probably would be changed a bit if I made it again today... with Smith rising a bit higher up) so when Depraved 2 came out in Kindle format I downloaded it immediately and I slowly but surely have been making my way through it.

I've been reading a lot of translated Japanese novels lately so maybe that's why I find Depraved 2 to be such a breath of fresh air. Or maybe it's just because this book seems to be pretty darn good. The novel certainly isn't for the weak of stomach. Of course, you'd know that if you had read the first one. If you haven't then I recommend you do so unless you are one of those weird types that reads sequels before the originals. 

This novel returns us to the redneck backwoods cannibal town of Hopkins Bend and reintroduces us to a familiar character or two. Or, more accurately, I can remember at least one of them, but it's been a year since I read the first one so if there are any other characters of importance from the first one I can't really remember. 

There are a few different narratives going on, but that's the same way the first book was. So far the main characters are Jessica Sloan (rom the first book), Sienna Baker, and Daphne. At this point I'm not sure who is the... ahem, less depraved character of the bunch. Not quite sure if I have a favorite character or not yet, but they are all interesting and I don't prefer one of the narratives to the other as I have with some books by some authors in the past. Everything feels like it is being delivered on an even keel with enough time being devoted to each character to allow for growth. Although it's not the kind of character growth that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

Anyway, if you like things wet and gooey and cannibal-y then Bryan Smith's Depraved 2 will hit the spot. You could do worse than to buy it here

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