Warren’s World, by D.A. Madigan
Warren’s World, by D.A. Madigan is a raw science fiction novella about a person trapped in the ultimate reality-bending revenge fantasy. It’s pretty damn creepy.
Warren is the all-too-human, all-too-petty god of his own little world, with every aspect of reality tailored and changed according to his whim. Put together from equal parts of Twilight Zone’s “It’s a Good Life”, a smidge of Bruce Almighty and peppered with WANTED’s almost legendary cynicism, Warren’s World packs one heck of a punch and is paced well enough that I mustered the strength to read it in one sitting.
The cover artwork, while lacking some lustre, prepares the reader for the sort of small-town, short-sighted reality shattering cruelty in the book. However, the book’s grim presentation might also not leave such a powerful impression on readers who aren’t in the mood for horrific pessimism. As a matter of fact, a lot of the scenes in the book did make me stop every now and again through my first read-through, just so I could catch my breath.
So readers, be warned: if you are looking for some good old 80’s nihilism dressed in a glossy, geeky exterior, then this book is for you. The rest, approach Warren’s World with caution. It just might be too much to take in one sitting.
-Wholesome 80's nihilism
-New take on some classic cosmic horror
-(Optional) Great geek value
-Book can be a bit too raw at times
-The cover art is functional, but lack some lustre