Reviews for Remnants are trickling in to Amazon, and so far, I’m flattered. The book is getting decent praise, and the reviewers have gone so far as to compare it to Stephen King’s early work.
There are definite shades of Stephen King’s influence in this collection. While Snyder avoids the overt “gross-out” scenes that King has made famous, I didn’t mind the lack.
The author’s lack of gore does not stop him from evoking vivid imagery in each vignette.
In one tale, a two-sentence paragraph describing a bit of swirling dust puts the reader behind the eyes of the man seeing it. In another, a Vietnamese jungle comes alive – both in the mind of the main character and the reader.
A small word of caution – each story leaves you without all of the information, much like an episode of Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits. There is no worldbuilding here, no expansive filler. Even the conversations in most of the stories are rather short.
That said, this is no accident, and Snyder makes it work beautifully.
If you’re looking for a nice bit of quick reading that will leave you feeling a bit disturbed, pick this collection up.
I don’t really have words for that. I’m not going to turn this into an Oscar acceptance speech for two reviews, so I’ll leave you with this: thank you. You made my day.
The book is here, if you’re interested.