Book Review: When the Black-Eyed Children Knock & Other Stories

I was surfing the Wattpad (the web? I don’t know) when I stumbled above the creepy looking cover below. It’s for a short story collection by Ben/Benjamin Sobieck, who since has become a good friend of mine. You can read another of his short stories in my book My Abigail, which will be released fairly soon.

Anyways, the first story immediately captured me and I just had to read on. We talked some and I decided I’d write him a review, because he deserved at least that. He’s a great author and an even better guy.

You can read most of this collection here. Or you could buy it here.

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WHAT I LIKED:

  • Knock Knock (first story in collection)

is amazing, out of this world, unique, and genius. I could say a lot about this story. But Sobieck himself put it best on the Amazon description:

Liam is a new father struggling to adapt to life with a baby. Growing more sleepless and paranoid with each passing night, he wonders if the taps on the windows and mysterious faces at the door are all in his head. He’ll find out the terrifying truth when the black-eyed children knock. 

When the Black-Eyed Children Knock is a superbly suspenseful read. You’ll never hear a knock at the door at night in the same way.
I highly recommend this story. If you do nothing else, click on this link and go read it on Wattpad absolutely FREE. It will only take about ten minutes.
  • Stories Are Crisp

Am I eating chips and accidentally describing them? No, kind reader I am not.

His stories are to the point, and don’t mess around in getting there. He doesn’t add any extra fluff just for the page count number.

They are captivating, and hold your attention.

Most importantly, they are interesting. A book with no interesting stories is bland. This book is exact opposite of bland.

  • Stories Are Thoughtful

“What’s that mean?” you are probably asking. Well read on and let me explain. You might as well. You’ve made it this far.

The stories make you think as you read them, questioning your beliefs and asking questions that there may not be easy answers to. That, in the end, is what good literature does: it makes you think. And this is outstanding literature.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • Ending of Knock Knock

Basically, without revealing spoilers, you’re left wondering if everything that just happened was real or not. While this is a tactic I see used often, I don’t particularly enjoy it. That’s just my taste, though.

I understand the author (and all those who use it) wanting to ask a question, but it often comes across as too vague.

That said, it wasn’t terrible though. It didn’t diminish the story’s affect in any extreme way.

  • Rest Of Stories’ Power

The rest of the stories are not quite as strong, to put it blatantly. By themselves, they wouldn’t carry their weight. However (there’s always a however in my reviews I guess), they still remain what I said above: to the point, interesting, captivating.

Sometimes they will have less interest-factor or be less captivating, but you know what always makes up for that, 100 % of the time? Knowing that if you don’t like the story, it’s over by the next page.

And if you absolutely hate them, go read Knock Knock another five times.

TOP 3 STORIES (something I only do for short story collections):

  1. Knock Knock
  2. The Finger in the Freezer
  3. EVP

MY RATING: 7.5/10

Knock Knock really carries this collection, but that’s okay. Most collections do have “that one short story” that binds them all together and makes the price worth it.

I quite enjoyed reviewing a collection of short stories, as opposed to a novel. Maybe this will become a habit.

 

Once again, you can read most of this collection here. Or you could buy it here. Or check out the links below for him:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/10100917877518451

Twitter: https://twitter.com/benjaminsobieck

His (Very Interesting) Blog: http://crimefictionbook.com/

Smashwords Profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/benjaminsobieck

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/BenSobieck

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