Short Take: I hate this.
Note: I was given a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve reviewed a few of Mr. Greene’s works here. By now, most of you have probably figured out that I’m a fan. And yeah, sure, he’s talented, yadda yadda yadda. His works are pretty near flawless, blah blah blah. He’s an incredible author, but you know what? I’m getting pretty darn sick of awesome, amazing work. The reviews are just too hard to write. WHY WON’T ANYONE THINK OF THE REVIEWER??
Guardian of the Orchard is the tale of three brothers who like to sneak into Old Man Peterson’s orchard to steal apples (and maybe have a good old-fashioned rotten apple fight once in awhile), and Old Man Peterson’s twisted, demonic act of revenge on them. Or maybe it’s about something entirely different. I don’t want to give the ending away, but man, it’ll stay with you.
Patrick C. Greene is fantastic at creating a mood, or a character, or a whole universe, with just a few sentences. The dialogue between the brothers, little Simon’s heartbreak at losing a favorite toy, the bossiness and bravado of big brother Dale are so gloriously, heartbreakingly real. I mean, even a bit of dialogue towards the end that seemed really awful turned out to be completely spot-on when another reveal happened. So what am I supposed to do with that?
I mean, here’s where I, as the person writing the reviews, SHOULD point out what’s good and not good about this story. But when an author keeps hitting it out of the park, what am I left with? I’m left looking like a 10 year old girl at a Justin Beiber concert, and let me tell you, that doesn’t look good on ANYONE. (Which reminds me – whoever finds my body when I die, please make sure to hide my Dukes of Hazzard poster. You’ll know the one, it’s got some weird smudges on it. Don’t judge.)
So all I can say is yes, everyone who likes horror should read this story, and Mr. Greene, THANKS AGAIN for making my job impossible. You jerk.
The Nerd’s Rating: FIVE HAPPY NEURONS (and a big Gala apple, because they are the best kind.)