Dead Size by Sawney Hatton
My book is rather eclectic, a Comedic Psychological Fantasy Mystery Thriller (or, more succinctly, Contemporary Fiction).
Gulliver Huggens is having one of those lives. He watched his family perish in a tragic car accident as a child. He doesn’t know how to win the heart of the girl at the coffee shop. And he shares his home with a clan of mischievous tiny people. Yet these all turn out to be the least of his troubles.
When Gulliver learns of a race of Giants dwelling in the neighboring mountains, it couldn’t be a more horrifying scenario: they want him to exterminate all the Little People, his only friends, or else suffer the “unpleasantries.” When folks in his small hometown begin brutally dying — literally losing their heads — Gulliver must make a hard choice. But choices have consequences. And consequences, he’ll learn, come in all terrible sizes.
Original and genre-defying, sometimes funny and sometimes frightening, DEAD SIZE is a manic tale of fantastical creatures, obsessive love, haunting memories, family secrets, and murder out of proportion.
The author describes the book this way: My book is rather eclectic, a Comedic Psychological Fantasy Mystery Thriller (or, more succinctly, Contemporary Fiction). He says it has a lot of violence and profanity. Sounds like an HBO series to me.
It’s not quite a horror novel, although it certainly has some horror in it. It’s not quite a comedy, despite a darkly comedic take on small-town life.
And it’s not really a family novel, despite the richly created family history, complete with some dark secrets.
It’s a little of everything… and the sum of the whole is greater than the parts, because it becomes something more than all of these things.
Review by Taland:
Excuse me, Sawney, if I am mistaken, but I’m pretty sure this story is meant for entertainment purposes. Because of this, any and all stereotypes, sexual innuendos, and uses of vulgarity make this book a must-read for those looking to enjoy a few hours with great characters and dialogue. On few occasions have I laughed more from characters and their interactions with one another. The mail man, who gives you a taste of his inappropriate and hilarious personality bright and early, could have a cameo in any book I read from this day forward and I wouldn’t be upset; I simply could not wait for his next interaction with Gulliver, no matter how uncomfortable I felt for him. And he’s just the beginning, there are plenty of situations and people to sink your teeth into.
The Micronians are great, almost like a village of your own children that you don’t want to cross. Their mode of conversation is great and that makes them quite memorable. Outside of the great characters, the most memorable element in the book were the messages from the Giants; I cannot overstate how incredible they were.
For me, the mark of a good story is the emotion the author draws from me; namely outright laughter, dread, disgust, sadness and utter embarrassment, the latter for our unfortunate protagonist. What is more impressive is the fact that I can recall meeting and knowing people similar to almost all of personalities in the novel. However unlikely some of the elements, I found the figures to be believable in their interactions.
I read quite a lot and there are few books that incorporate more literary elements than this one; above all is the ever-present humor. No matter what kind of novel I pick up I expect some kind of comedy and Mr. Hatton unloads in buckets, the only disappointment was that the story had to end. Dead Size is very well written with a great lesson in vocabulary. Add to that a surprise ending and I cannot recommend it enough. Enjoy.