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Tales from the Gas Station: Volume 1

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When you walk into the bar, and this beautiful girl gives you this big, welcoming smile, and you think to yourself ‘This girl digs me!’, right before her huge boyfriend who entered after you passes you. This was a unique novel. In many ways, the writing style reminded me of Jeff Strand with the injection of humor throughout. Like with Strand's work, it flows very well here.

But, once I tell you, you will never forget it. And you’ll be surprised by the number of times it happens to you. It doesn’t matter what you call that place, the name will probably differ from person to person. Most of the events and strange occupancies didn't seem to fit together very well. Many things were also not properly explained or tied in which left me feeling more confused than anything else when finishing the book.

I went into this one not knowing what to expect and found it to be just so intriguingly different. Imagine experiencing an ongoing freaky acid trip, laced with the absurd and surreal and then just add a trace of the supernaturals and then you might get some idea. At times it was a case of lighthearted comic horror but occasionally things became dark and sinister and all without any deliberate explanation or direction. Events were truly random and the reader was left pleasantly wondering what was possibly going to happen next. It’s weird, and I like weird. But there are moments of hilarity and what I think is just flat out brilliant writing.

This adventure was so crazy, so interesting, so quaint, so creepy, so funny, and soooo… cozy. Well, it’s closer to witty jokes, nevertheless, I was openly laughing quite often.

With an unreliable narrator, cosmic horror and the perfect adhd induced plot, I think the term suspending disbelief might be be too shallow of a phrase, maybe catapult or torpedo sane rational thought out the window instead? Working at a dead-end retail job in the middle of nowhere can be hard. The long hours. The helpless customers. The enormous eldritch horror living deep below the building… This was exactly what I expected from a Tales from the Gas Station story, was definitely not disappointed. Lots of unexpected twists that you wouldn't guess from the regular stories on Reddit. Finding out the missing pieces of the free stories (the Halloween incident, whatever happend to certain characters, deeper character motivations) just tied things together. Mrcreepypasta as narrator of the Audible version did great, as always. I can't wait for Volume 2.

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