Mother’s Boys: Natalie has strived to be different her whole life. She’s dedicated her attitude, fashion, and very being to standing out from the crowd. After witnessing a brutal attack, Natalie becomes entangled in an escalating battle between a violent street gang and a strange tribe of sewer dwellers. Now she’s about to learn just how much being different can mean. – Goodreads Synopsis
Mother’s Boys Review
Mother’s Boys is nothing more than an excuse for an all-out brawl between humans and monsters under the streets of New York. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. From the opening scene, which alludes to rape and depicts graphic mutilation, you know you’re in for something that’s a bit outside the lines of what’s considered normally acceptable, but once you make it past that, it settles into a cheesy b-horror movie category. Completely awesome. There’s your typical sewer-dwelling mutants on one hand, and your psychopathic gang-banging rapists and murderers on the other. Neither is new to the horror genre. The twist here is seeing who you end up rooting for as the battle begins.
Russell’s Mother’s Boys breaks no new ground, is completely unbelievable at times, and occasionally it seems crass simply for the sake of being crass, but it’s still a fun read. This is the type of book that you go in to knowing you need to completely suspend disbelief, grab the popcorn, and just prepare for a gross out gore-fest that’ll leave you alternately cheering and shuddering in disgust.
Ultimately, there is a tinge of ‘humans are the real monsters’ – a concept that pervades most horror – but, refreshingly, the ones who look like monsters still act monstrous. Yes, they love their mommy, but breaking someone’s neck and pulling their head off? Good fun to be had, there. This is not a book to read if you have delicate sensibilities, or even a strong aversion to germs. It’s completely disgusting in more ways than one. It ends on a completely campy note that will have you rolling your eyes – but it’s the type of ending that this book needed.
It’s like watching an episode of Ash Vs. the Evil Dead. It’s so bad it’s good and you absolutely love it (even if you might be a teensy bit disgusted with yourself for loving it.) Overall, if you like your campy fics and flicks, you simply have to check out Mother’s Boys by Daniel Russell.