Monday, 30 May 2016

When literature is too much for me

What did I get? Slenderman, Slenderman take this child

How did I get it? Sent freely for review by the author

This is a sad post. My review (I won't say full review, I didn't post much) is at  (see below), but it made me question myself. I'm really not comfortable reading a depiction of a 12 year old girl masturbating, written in the first person. To hide this behind 'horror' seems the cowardliest part of all. I've spent a lifetime being against censorship in most forms and this won't change that, but being allowed to write such passages as part of a horror novel seems a get around, if it were on a fantasy site or similar it would be borderline illegal.
Am I getting old? Has the world changed so much that I'm the one being left behind? Should I just accept that reading about 12 year old girls masturbating is part of the modern age?
The author sent me this book as I had reviewed a previous work of his after winning it on Goodreads. That's a great gesture, and the author is sensible enough to know that an honest review was forthcoming. I wrote what I felt on Goodreads but tried to keep it to the book. This sad post just wanted to record a general feeling about society.
The book is challenging, and most that read it and enjoy it won't be paedophiles for enjoying it, but sometimes I think people throw in challenges for the sake of it. Looking at the average rating on Goodreads it's me that sees things differently, I can't argue with that.

Slenderman, Slenderman, Take this ChildSlenderman, Slenderman, Take this Child by Lee McGeorge
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book was sent to me by the author in return for an honest review.

Having previously enjoyed The Thing : Zero Hour by the same author I was looking forward to reading this. Sadly, I couldn't make it past page 60. I was expecting horror and the quotes on the cover (same as above) suggested a treat to look forward to. Unfortunately I put the book in the recycling after reading about a 12 year old girl masturbating, about the 4th sexual event described in the first person. 12 year old girls' 'slits' really aren't my bag and I was very uncomfortable with this.

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