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READER Î DOC Taste of the Tenderloin FREE ´ ➭ [Ebook] ➨ Taste of the Tenderloin By Gene O'Neill ➹ – Helpyouantib.co.uk Eight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco's most notorious district in Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O'Neill Best known for his stroEight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco's most notorious district in Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O'Neill Best known for his strong sense of place and I recently met Gene O’Neill at a Brian Keene signing event in San Francisco and he may be one of the nicest people I have ever met He was gracious enough to speak with me for a while and talk books which was super cool I felt bad though because I had never read his work so I had to remedy that immediately Glad I did too because in addition to being a really genuine nice guy he can also write terrific stories If you can call the tales in Taste of the Tenderloin terrific Maybe a better description would be extremely well written and bleak These stories of the desperate conditions and people of the tenderloin put the dark in dark fiction Since I go into San Francisco for work on occasion I am familiar with the tenderloin areas that Gene describes so well in his stories You can smell the body odor stale piss and Night Train on the pages That was a compliment btw Every big city has these parts where the forgotten or just plain rotten hang out and live Most suffering from mental illness that they try and self medicate with drugs and booze Talking to themselves and trying to keep their distance or worse yet trying to get too close It is a tragic strange and brutal place That’s life in the ‘loin And that’s the stories that you will find herein If you’re looking for feel good redemptive tales then this may not be your bag If you’re looking for the “dark” in dark fiction then you should pick this one up Not a sour short in the bunch

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Uniuely vibrant characters O'Neill brings the gritty underside of the city to life with eight interwoven stories of broken lives missed dreams and all that can go wrong with both reality and fantasy among the do Having visited San Francisco and its infamous Tenderloin this book caught my eye That district has a distinctive air of desperation and damage and I hoped that Mr O’Neill would be able to capture itWell he has PerfectlyThis attractive little book from Apex Publications contains 8 exceptional tales all set in the Tenderloin in which we meet some interesting and broken people My favourites included Tombstones in his Eyes in which an addict attempts to hoodwink a terrifying new dealer on the block Balance features an obsessed Vietnam vet on a homicidal mission of restoring order to the world In Bushido a hideously scarred homeless man meets Samurai culture in a story of guilt and redemption I’ll also mention The Apotheosis of Nathan McKee Here a middle aged drunk discovers he has powers of invisibility in a tale with a rare light hearted tone But there isn’t a single weak link in this collectionWith such a niche theme I feared it could become samey On the contrary while the flavour and atmosphere of the Tenderloin is present throughout I actually yearned for once the last story was concluded The evocation is so strong I could smell the trash feel the drug sweat against my skin taste the Wild Irish Rose whiskeyThere are several recurring characters such as the legless bum Short Stuff and Sweet Jane the prostitute who features upon the beautiful cover They provide a very human and reassuring familiarity to the deprivation But it is the ‘loin itself that is the antihero of the book a character in itselfEven if urban superntural horror is not to your taste I would still recommend Taste of Tenderloin It is written in a leisurely uncluttered style that engages immediately whether the tales begin with a bang or a whisper Gene O’Neill has presented us with a small but perfectly formed fictionalisation of one of the western world’s most fascinating city districts and the lost souls that populate it Enjoy

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Taste of the TenderloinWn and out The city itself opens wide to swallow all comers with the temptation of its secrets and sins while O'Neill brings dignity and humanity to a set of characters often overlooked in both society and fictio Taste of Tenderloin is comprised of eight uniue stories based on life in the underbelly of San Francisco All of the stories are connected as they take place in the same neighborhood and a recurring character pops up throughout to help show this connection The language that O'Neill writes in is rich and vivid showing he is a strong storyteller but there was something about the stories in this particular collection that didn't grab me All of the stories seem to end in doom and gloom and left me saddened after reading them I guess maybe I just needed a happy ending while reading this book and was disappointed over and over again This is definitely not a good book to be reading on an already gloomy dayContains Violence Adult Language Adult SituationsReview also posted at MonsterLibrariancom