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Michael Wehunt ‘Greener Pastures’ Review

The mixed feelings I have on this book do not necessarily carry negative connotations; however, I will admit I have a love/hate relationship with it, which I’ll explain further. Really, if there were a negative thing to say about Greener Pastures it would be that it’s not the type of book you grab when you’re tired or feeling “brain lazy”…that is, it’s not a dumb read–or an easy read I should say. An easy read being Dean Koontz or James Patterson. This isn’t anything like that.

Wehunt’s prose is polished and beautifully poetic, but quite honestly I was going to give it four stars only because when I read short stories (with the exception of Poe and Lovecraft) I kind of like to shut my brain down for a bit; however, a four-star review would be robbing all the hard work that Wehunt has clearly put into each piece in this collection. The beginning of each story particularly was often like holding on too tight when all I wanted to do was let go, but after a page or two I could relax and absorb each sentence comfortably without fear of getting lost. But that’s just me, and I understand that not everyone reads like I do and so the fifth star was added, and deservedly so.

The bottom line is this: Michael Wehunt is an excellent writer and should absolutely be recognized and his stories celebrated.  This collection is up there with one of the most unique I’ve ever read.  The stories are fresh and with some of the tightest prose I’ve seen, and the ideas he presents are disturbingly original, often filled with hopeless grief. If you’re only used to the likes of King and Koontz for your reads (no offense guys..I love you too) then this may be a small struggle for you, but it will certainly open your mind to a whole new world.



Rating:  5/5

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About Chad Lutzke (12 Articles)
Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife, children. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene, offering articles, reviews, and artwork. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance, and Scream magazine. His fiction can be found in a few dozen magazines and anthologies including his own 18-story collection NIGHT AS A CATALYST. Lutzke is known for his heartfelt dark fiction and deep character portrayals. In the summer of 2016 he released his dark coming-of-age novella OF FOSTER HOMES AND FLIES which has been praised by authors Jack Ketchum, James Newman, John Boden, and many others. Later in 2016 Lutzke released his contribution to bestselling author J. Thorn's AMERICAN DEMON HUNTERS series, and 2017 saw the release of his novella WALLFLOWER. His latest, STIRRING THE SHEETS, was published by Bloodshot Books in spring 2018.

2 Comments on Michael Wehunt ‘Greener Pastures’ Review

  1. A good deal of my favorite reads are books that requires me to think about it. This is pleasing to me. Thanks for the heads up on this one. Vitina

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