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Book Review – Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice

David Dubrow, Paul Hair, and Ray Zacek have come out with a collection of short stories dealing with the impact of social justice warfare on normal people, Appalling Stories:  13 Tales of Social Injustice.  Here’s the blurb:

With political correctness gobbling up the culture like a fat kid on his sister’s quinceañera cake, where do you go for quality, old-school entertainment?

Appalling Stories focuses on themes and characters you’re just not supposed to read about anymore, using social issues as the setting, not the plot. Inside, you’ll read about a disturbing erotic resort that caters to an exclusive clientele, a violent Antifa group biting off much more than they can chew, a serial killer with a furious inch, and a lot more.

The authors find message fiction as tedious as you do, and traditional publishing seems intent on shoving favored narratives down readers’ throats. This anthology pushes back against PC moralizing, bringing you story above all else. Are you going to let Social Justice Warriors dictate what you can and can’t read?

Consider this your trigger warning.

Each of these stories deals with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ scenario, including the legal quagmire of a Christian baker faced with a gay couple, transgenderism, and sanctuary cities.  A wide stripe of politics runs through these stories, but, for the most part it, doesn’t get in the way of telling the story.

I read through Appalling Stories twice.  The first time, each scenario seemed to be a worst-case-scenario for each of the subjects the three authors examine.  But during the second reading, I noticed that I was thinking of real-world examples of the things they were showing us.  Yes, these stories are rough, even brutal at times, but they show a ‘what might be’ look at the issues that are slashed across our news feeds and nightly broadcasts.

Like most good anthologies, a lot of these stories beg to be expanded into longer works.  My favorite of the 13 was “Detainer,” by Ray Zacek, in which the protagonist deals with death in a sanctuary city.  It was the one that seemed closest to what you could see happen in the morning news, and it certainly leaves you wanting to know what happens next.

Again, this is not a book for readers who want a comfortable read, and it is definitely not for young readers.  But Appalling Stories is a fast, engrossing collection that will, whether you agree with the authors’ points of view or not, get you thinking.

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  1. I’ll add it to the list! 🙂

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  2. mrgarabaldi

     /  January 15, 2018

    Hey DB;

    I will add it to the list after I finish the MHI series…

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