THE BEAUTY, by Aliya Whiteley, Titan Books


Somewhere away from the cities and towns, a group of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their stories in the Valley of the Rocks. For when the women are all gone the rest of your life is all there is for everyone. The men are waiting to pass into the night.

The story shall be told to preserve the past. History has gone back to its aural roots and the power of words is strong. Meet Nate, the storyteller, and the new secrets he brings back from the woods. William rules the group with youth and strength, but how long can that last? And what about Uncle Ted, who spends so much time out in the woods?

Hear the tales, watch a myth be formed. For what can man hope to achieve in a world without women? When the past is only grief how long should you hold on to it? What secrets can the forest offer to change it all?

Out January 16, 2018


I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review.

Bizarre, speculative fiction, weird, creepy, horrifying, insane, disturbing, sick, terrifying, provocative, fascinating, brilliant, innovative, strange and enthralling, creative, astounding, unpredictable, thought provoking, fantastically conceived,  surreal, complex and twisted, descriptive and perfect, original and dark, outlandish, haunting, emotional rollercoaster, inferences,  gender questions, equality issues, gender role swapping, sexually disturbing, sad realism…

A bizarre book deserves a bizarre review.

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