Malice in Blunderland by Jonny Gibbings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Real and raw, this story isn't for the thin-skinned or prudish sort. Malice in Blunderland is laden with adult situations and language that may offend some, but if you like your humor gritty then you will appreciate Jonny Gibbings fictional first-hand account of a life gone horribly wrong and getting worse over the span of a few days.
The story begins with an introduction to the main character, who is teetering on the fringe after being beaten down by past hardships and a particularly difficult one-sided breakup. He finds drugs provide the numbing effect to make his troubles disappear while his life continues to bottom out. The man unwittingly becomes the pawn of mafia power-players bent on controlling a new “recipe”— a key to dominating the drug trade. Beaten, bloodied and bruised – our unseemly hero discovers the value of friendship, and his own life, but will he learn to care too late?
The main character is coarse, angry, self-loathing, witty, loyal, and intelligent. Jonny Gibbings does a great job developing someone as dynamic and complicated as any you’ll ever meet. Writing most of this in first person, he gives you a chance to really get inside his character’s mind to better relate and what you discover is that beyond outward appearances and behavior is a person you’d probably do well to befriend.
At the end of the day...
This is clearly not a book for everyone, particularly those who are uncomfortable with profanity and a fair share of deviance, but if you appreciate a raw, dark brand of humor then you’ll enjoy this book immensely. There are moments throughout the book that will make you laugh and more than a few that will make you cringe in fear. You’ll fly through each chapter and appreciate Gibbings’ efficiency in the editing process, limiting his pages to essentials to maintain its brisk pace.
You’ll find some typos but the writing flows well and weaves in some of the language Gibbings’ character makes up along the way. More than anything, I loved that this story comes across more real and funny than most anything out there in a fiction genre. His descriptions are colorful and thorough, allowing you to feel like you’re right there watching the entire calamity. This is a solid four stars on any scale and one you won’t want to put down.
Tom Clementson (Kindle Book Review)