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I didn’t think I could read anything more disgusting or disturbing than The Slob, but Aron Beauregard has outdone himself with Son of the Slob. And you would rightly say, that nobody is forcing me to read about it. But I like to read splatterpunk stories. Unfortunately for me, sloppy poo stories are trendy nowadays. So I have to endure my discomfort. This time it was worth it. For anyone who doesn't understand why I can love one extreme story and hate the next, let me tell you something about myself: I’ve tried my best to be as spoiler free as I can, because I don’t want a single thing spoiled for someone reading it for the first time Aron Beauregard has written an excellent sequel to The Slob. I highly recommend it to splatterpunk readers.

The bar has been set. For any of you who feels the violence and depravity is the most important part of the story, you need to read this book to learn about character development - because when the reader cares for the protagonist, they can FEEL the bad things happening.

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It’s not unusual for me to crave something that’ll turn my stomach and make me hate myself, it’s happened before. The Slob stood out with its cover that, like the story itself, I didn’t know if I was there for it or if I wanted to purge it from memory. Vera is a door-to-door salesperson, and after some initial success of selling vacuums, she soon visits the wrong home. It had an interesting start of learning about Vera’s early life and how she eventually became a clean freak. There was obvious effort put into her character, at least until things got out of hand, and that drew me in. I even enjoyed reading about her relationship with her partner – Beauregard’s writing had a certain flow I liked, and the various illustrations preceding each chapter were a nice touch. Everything was well and truly serene at this point. Then it wasn’t. At the end she is more worried about "pleasing her man" than the fact that she has been brutalized over and over. And when SON OF THE SLOB starts, we are eight years after the initial story. Vera, the one who was so totally obsessed with cleanliness, lives in a house that is a mess after years of neglect – even the rats are comfortable in these horrible surroundings. I travelled with Vera on her long, disturbing and horrific journey, and I felt every emotion along with her. It was heartbreaking, brutal and terrifying. I really felt for her. This book reminded me of the Wrong Turn movie series because of the “meat grinder” thingy. Barbaric and filthy disgusting.

Harold is mentally retarded and mostly unable to understand or communicate with most other people. This makes him so vulnerable to so many bad things. Even though Vera loves him and wants to see the good in him, how far will this apple fall from the tree? Or, will it be the sins of the father type of story?Personally, I was more interested in the commentary of war and the mental health critique. They actual marry beautifully (if anything can be called beautiful in that novel.) The psychiatrist was infuriating to say the least, his inability to actually see what Vera needs versus what he WANTS her to accomplish. More needs to be written like this. Not only Vera needing help, but Daniel as well and the inaction that leads to dire consequences. War, I’m excited about the possibly continuation of Morris’s story. And then I heard it was nominated for a Splatterpunk Award – which is not only well-deserved validation for the work, but also pretty damn impressive if you consider it is a self-published book. There is also a part when a woman with no lips can speak clear is a bell and she has had some horrific injuries but is just totally chill with it and it doesn't even remotely bother her or is in like no apparent pain and neither is the main protagonist at that point either.

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