Still sitting in the #1 spot in Amazon’s Horror Western category, Starving Zoe is still dropping jaws all over the world! Granted, some have failed to ‘get it’…and I don’t blame them. This book isn’t for everyone. As a matter of fact, this book is only for the select few. Luckily, that’s who it was written for.
Here’s the latest review:
Thought Provoking Graphic Novella, 5 Stars – This book is not for everyone. This isn’t a YA novel that is easy to read and digest. It is a novella that seems simple at first, but once you think about it, there is a lot more going on than what first appears. The story is told in first person by the main character Robert Jack. He is not a good man by today’s standards. Hell, he isn’t a good man by 1865 standards. He is a deeply flawed individual that finds himself in a horrific situation due to his own horrific actions. Throughout the story we are given insight into the mind of a severely anti-social person whose childhood developed him into the man he became. C. Derick Miller dove deep into the psyche of the character to present the thoughts and actions of a person from that time with those experiences without a filter. I believe Mr. Miller did a good if not uncomfortable job with that. The author was able to capture the very real thought processes of a man in extreme situations, good bad, funny or sad. For some reason, I want to compare this story to Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, even though Starving Zoe is easier to understand. I think it might have to do with the bleakness and setting. You will not feel good after reading this, but you will feel something. Art is about evoking emotions, not all of them are good.
The story moved along well and was full of unexpected surprises along the way. The conclusion to the story left me wanting more, but I have read very few novels that I liked that didn’t. In all, I feel that this addition to Death Head Press’s splatter western series was a well deserved and fitting inclusion.