"Great Big Teeth" Book Review
Written by Steve Pattee
Published by Severed Press
Written by Eddie Generous
2019, 143 pages, Fiction
February 24th, 2019
When it comes to horror, books in particular, I’m not like I am with food. I won’t try just about anything. For example, I have no interest in extreme horror, and Gothic is really hit or miss with me. However, there are subgenres that I really don’t read enough of; like books filled with monsters.
I realized giant beasts were missing from my diet after reading Eddie Generous’ tremendously enjoyable Radio Run. Not only is that book filled with big bads terrorizing a group of folks, barely ever giving them enough time to take a breath, it also has that wonderful thing I love where the author isn’t easy on their characters. Generous doesn’t give a damn about whom you are rooting for; he will kill them in front of you and laugh in your face, no matter how much you liked that character.
So, naturally, when his latest, Great Big Teeth, was released, I jumped to review it. I had so much fun with Radio Run, it was a no-brainer to hang out with some giant creatures again, but this time dinosaurs.
After an earthquake caused by some drilling rocks Happy Village, the town – and some of the townspeople – falls into the giant chasm the quake ripped open. If that wasn’t bad enough, the people fortunate enough to survive seismic disruption are forced to deal with the dinosaurs that have been living under them since the prehistoric age. Oh, and there’s also a family of incestuous hippies in the mix. Wait, what?
The things I love about Generous’ style in Radio Run are on full display here. First and foremost (and I will always give props to authors who do this), none of his characters are safe from the giant lizards looking for food. All things considered, it makes the book more believable. Here you have a group of inexperienced townies (and one experienced child who grew up in the caves; just read and find out why) who are trying their best to get back to civilization. And, just like real life, sometimes their best isn’t good enough and they pay the ultimate price. I’m cool with that. It adds even more drama than what is already on the page.
In addition, there’s a lot of action in this book. You have people fighting small, medium, and large dinosaurs, as well as themselves in some situations. The battles are plentiful, as is the blood. Generous wears his love of horror on his sleeve, with various references that people are sure to pick up on. They aren’t subtle, but they aren’t annoyingly “Look at the things I know!” obnoxious either. Plus I kind of love how he takes a not-so-subtle shot at incels, among other groups that everyone is just so done with. In a book about dinosaurs going amuck, no less.
Great Big Teeth isn’t all that deep. While Generous addresses some of the hot topics today, be it directly or indirectly, at the end of the day it’s a book about dinosaurs trying to eat people, and those people trying to avoid being eaten. And that’s A-Okay because Generous has the chops to make it not just move at an exciting pace, but to also give you enough development that you are rooting for some of the folks to safely get the hell out of dodge.
Oh, and I must acknowledge that ending. I honestly can’t remember such a perfect ending to a book, where it’s left completely wide open for a sequel. Or not. I’m completely satisfied either way, as I literally laughed out loud at the last paragraph when it became obvious what the final nod in the book is to.
Great Big Teeth is the book equivalent of a popcorn film. You have expectations of what you are going to get from the cover and title and Generous gives you exactly that.
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