Squirrel Bait by Chip Davis
Series: Chip’s Dollar Dreadfuls #1
Read: June 3 – Aug 18, 2016
Format: Ebook (Kindle)
My Book Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Humor / Horror
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tonya has an unusual passion for books, even for a librarian. When her books are harmed she takes it personally. When people turn up dead over damaged books, there are questions to answer. When the killer is a weresquirrel, the questions become more confusing.
There is a certain pretentiousness in classical literature. Elegant writing filled with meaning both astounding and sublime. This is not that. Not horrific enough to be horror, nor humorous enough to be comedy, welcome to Chip’s Dollar Dreadfuls. There may not be any fundamental truths, but there will be blood…so much blood.
So, I kept hearing about this book. Chip Davis is a notorious presence on a Facebook page I often frequent (usually on Thursdays) so I went ahead and finally purchased and read his short novella, Squirrel Bait.
This is the story of a library. Well, sort of. You see, when people damage the books in the library, librarian Tonya gets very upset. She doesn’t go into homicidal rages, no, she just becomes very emotional. Her books are her precious. I’m not sure what’s wrong with this town Tonya lives in, but people just seem to walk into the library and damage books for no reason other than they want to. It’s a little odd, but in a book like this, we forgive things like that. Anyway, police reports are filed and the punks names and addresses are logged at the library. But at night, the punks have begun being murdered. Obviously Tonya is the #1 suspect. Oh yeah, and her boyfriend is a cop, so of course that makes things especially awkward.
The way this book started, I honestly thought there would be no plot. That it would literally just be squirrels killing people. However, I was pleasantly surprised when there was a small twist around 20%, and then there was a full backstory as to where the Weresquirrels came from and so on.
This isn’t a deep thinking book. If you’re looking for a literary masterpiece, Chip Davis will probably be the first to tell you that this is not it. This is a humorous horror book, in line with something the Sci-Fi (or is it still Sy-Fi?) channel would produce. But it’s better than Sharknado. I mean, there are murderous squirrels. SQUIRRELS! Tiny, furry, scurrying squirrels. Desecrating people! If you can’t handle comedic violence, stay away.
There were some minor errors that would have been caught by a good proof reading of the book prior to publication, but nothing that will really pull the average reader from the story. It’s a quick read, and for those who like B-movies, this novella will be well worth your 99 cents.
(By the way, the last two pages are THE BEST.)
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“I’m going to marry the densest cop on the planet. What did I do to deserve this?”
“You’ll marry me?” Steve was getting more confused by the second.
Tonya smiled at him. “Yes, Steve, I will marry you. Thank you for finally asking.”
“How hard can it be to kill one squirrel?”
On my TBR and kindle!
Can’t wait to see what you think of it. 🙂
sounds pretty fun to read
Oh, it was! If you’re in need of a light-hearted, quick, and easy read, this might be just what the doctor ordered. 🙂
I loved this book! I may be a bit biased though. 😉
Maybe a bit. 😉
It was fun to recognize a lot of the names in the book!
Love Chip Davis!
He never fails to bring out a laugh. 🙂
I laughed so hard at this book! It was the best.
Who else could get away with writing this book but Chip Davis???
Um, I don’t know, that synopsis and cover don’t make me want to read it :S
Ha! Well, it’s certainly not a book for everyone!
I think the best audience is those who love cheesy horror films, especially the Scy-Fy made for TV movies. 🙂 If you’re not into those you probably won’t enjoy this one at all.
loved this review. on my TBR!
Yay! I’d love to read your review when you’re done with it!
Very interesting idea for the book
Agreed. And this is just the first in this series, so I’m really curious to see what’s next. I believe vampires are involved, and I read a hilarious teaser line about “swishing”. That makes no sense right here and now, but in context, it’s hilarious.
haha, this is a great one. Please tell me you submitted this for Deja Revu! That will make Chip’s day to be back on the list!
Of course! Everything gets submitted to Deja Revu!
Weresquirrels? This sounds like it might give me a laugh!
Laughs are always a guarantee wherever Chip Davis is concerned.
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