Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Samurai Vs. Robo-Dick by Steve Lowe @Steve_Lowe

Samurai Vs. Robo-Dick


It’s been a few weeks since Benson returned to his parents’ home in the idyllic gated community of Grand Acres. He hasn’t seen them since. Ever since locking himself in the house with his supply of junk food and pot, he hasn’t seen much of anyone. When he’s finally coerced from the house and joins an ominous neighborhood group know as the Brown Shirts, Benson realizes things in Grand Acres aren’t nearly as tranquil as he thought. Even worse, there’s a samurai on the loose who is settling grudges in very violent ways.


Samurai Vs. Robo-Dick  is a great redemptive story about a habitual masturbating pot head. He lost his job, his home and his spark. He's come home to lick his wounds from his current failures and loses touch with reality at the most inopportune time ever. The world outside has gone to hell but it goes completely unnoticed by Benson due to the ironfisted rule orchestrated by the Brown Shirts that patrol the streets of the idyllic Grand Acres.
I loved the story and the characters Lowe introduces through the novella. Benson evolves from burnout to rebel leader in a manner not out of his character. I appreciate that Lowe doesn't make Benson break character in order to advance the story. Lowe is a extremely talented and creative storyteller.