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  1. says:

    What a nice surprise Mr Barron has treated us with What begins as an adventure tale think of a cross between the Hardy BoysThe Venture Brothers which turns into a tale of cosmic horror beneath the Polar ice The names of some of the characters was a hoot we get Tom Mandibole a cyclops named Noman collector of lost dreamers the sultry Dr Bravery Daredevil Telemachus Crabbe Captain Ustinov Dr Amanda Bole and Cassius Labrador to name just a few But you get the idea Mr Barron must have had a great time concocting this adventureOf course X's for eyes means death in cartoons which comes from back in the day they used to stitch the eyelids shut on the dead for the viewing of the body so that they didn't suddenly pop open and freak everybody outA well written fun read by one of today's most talented authors


  2. says:

    Macbeth and Drederick Tooms are the wealthy sons of the founder of Sword Enterprises an evil corporation bent on world domination When they discover the wreckage of a Sword space probe one that isn't due to launch for several days a mystery is afootSince I've recently discovered Laird Barron I plan to devour everything he's written by the end of the year Fortunately I had this one on my kindle alreadyX's For Eyes is an homage to the Hardy Boys books with Laird Barron's twisted cosmic horror woven in It's a pretty crazy tale When the story starts with a 12 year old and a 14 year old going on a road trip with whiskey and hookers you know the end result is going to be something crazyAnd crazy it was The Hardy Boy analogues go from one harrowing situation to another and are confronted with artificial intelligent super computers conspiracies a dark god from another dimension and the peculiarities of time itself Barron manages to work his theories on the nature of time seamlessly into what's a young man's adventure taleBarron's prose is as gorgeous as ever Once again I found myself wanting to highlight half the book I had no idea where the plot would lead always a plusX's For Eyes was a really fun but thought provoking novella There aren't a lot of writers with the chops to blend the Hardy Boys and cosmic sanity blasting horror so well Fans of modern takes on The Hardy Boys and Nancy drew like The Boy Detective Fails and The Case of the Bleeding Wall will find a lot to like here Four out of five stars


  3. says:

    If you like me graduated from children's books to Hardy Boys Nancy Drew and Archie Comics then grew up into adult fare including the work of say Laird Barron; if you've given up hooded hawks and double jinx's and replaced them with existential darkness and horrors that await us all then maybe it's time for you to take a trip into the void between the stars and rethink your notions of causalityBecause it's all going to come back to you Everything at once in an extra dimensional loop of a plot that draws in all your memories of the boy detectives the debauchery of your college years the super science of venture brothers and your favorite eldritch deities But you'll have to abandon any notions of then and now Most of all you're going to have to let go of your notions regarding what is a Laird Barron story All the right elements are there desperation brooding threats and sharp humor all wrapped up in exuisite prose The ingredients are all the same But the proportions are different contrasting with most of Barron's other work Here you'll find that the dark philosophical elements you are used to being in the forefront are used to accentuate rather than saturate the taste of this novella And humor you've seen it peek out from the corners of Barron's work but in this case it's standing right in front of you staring you in the face It's horrific no doubt and only those who share a grim sense of humor will appreciate it but if you want sardonic boy howdy you got it One of the primary elements here is corruption You'll read about a ten and twelve year old boy doing things you thought biologically impossible which has its own er charm? Suicky charm? Okay I give up it's just plain suicky But charming No Wait Don't go Hear me outIf you're a fan of Venture Brothers as I am and a fan of Lovecraftian horrors which I also am you can't go wrong with X's For Eyes But where VB steps off into the ridiculous Barron's boys take a left turn into a serious warping of reality that reveals a certain kind of coming of age story Sort of From a certain point of view A point of view that is as twisted and grim and hopeful in a fatalistic sort of way as you can't imagine Because you can't imagine it until you've read this novella So what are you waiting for? No wait don't tell me I know already Because I saw it before you said it even though you said it after I asked the uestion Laws of causality be damned


  4. says:

    October spooky read #8My husband turned me into a huge “Venture Bros” fan if you don’t know that show check it out; it is a masterpiece of adult animation and a wonderful postmodern deconstruction of the superhero and super villain story It’s hilarious and unhinged So when I learned that Barron took the basic idea behind the “Venture Bros” and drenched it in cosmic horror I knew I’d have to read itBrothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms are the latest in a long line of eccentric industrialists They are educated in a monastery training assassins in the Himalayas and via devices that give them lectures on various subjects in their sleep One day after a bit of partying they witness the crash of a satellite that hasn't launched yet This strange discovery will set them on a wild adventure through the glaciers of Alaska and even stranger landscapesBaron really has a bizarre sense of humor and it really shines through in X's For Eyes where most of his characters have weird and hilarious names most of which are inspired by Shakespeare or Greek mythology I'm sure one could spend uite a bit of time peeling away at the possible layers of meanings this could have but mostly it's just fun I also really enjoyed the references to 50's style boy adventurer stories albeit with sex and booze than is healthyAt 80 pages this is barely a novella; of a short story taking its time But that was still my only real problem with it I got to the end hungry for So many good ideas so few pages But then this is my perpetual bone to pick with Barron and I am longing for another novel from this twisted brilliant man; something I could sink my teeth into for a few days instead of for a few hours4 and a half stars and a wish Barron would revisit those characters sometime soon


  5. says:

    X's FOR EYES by Laird Barron was a treat to read Although it began with a Hardy Boys feel two brothers up against a mystery of some sort it uickly morphed into something so much Add in a scandalous family with no love for even its own science fictionalternate dimension technology a sadistic school where torture and pain are useful lessons and technological rivals and you have a very rough outline of what you'll be getting hereI'll admit that I honestly did NOT know where this was going at the beginning middle or even near the end However that is the beauty of something written by Laird Barron all the multi layers and individual threads come together in the end At least enough of them do in order for your own mind to make the rest of the connections as you see fitOne of the things that draws me to this author is in fact his ability to give the reader the pieces he or she needs to put the story together but it is still nearly impossible to do until that final chapter The anticipation lasts throughout the entire taleThis one crossed into Fantasy horror science fiction thriller Lovecraftian and possibly a few other genres I've either forgotten to add or failed to identify Highly recommended


  6. says:

    Laird Barron’s X’S FOR EYES is the first five star book of 2016 I predict it will be this year’s A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS or SLOWLY WE ROT — a book that readers talk about throughout the rest of the year and an early almost certain contender to appear on many Best of 2016 lists twelve months from now A television reviewers once described Adult Swim’s THE VENTURE BROS as “JOHNNY UEST on acid” If that’s so then X’S FOR EYES is THE VENTURE BROS on acid A loving homage to all things pulp — Lovecraft Robert E Howard Doc Savage etc — with nods to everything from Arthur Machen to James Bond to The Hardy Boys X’S FOR EYES is glorious smart whip crack fast fun Even the really disturbing parts including one particularly gruesome scene where a Ben Grimm like teen gets possessed bywell spoilers


  7. says:

    There's really no point in writing a formal review of this book Either you already know who Laird Barron is in which case you're counting your pennies and cadging a buck from your moneybags pal to get the book or you don't in which case buy this book for 299 and read it and you'll be in Category AThere are other options of course but they don't bear thinking too closely aboutOne note to the author NO MORE WINKING NOW OR EVER AND GO BACK AND EDIT IT OUT OF THIS BOOK TOO WINKING IS GROSS WINKING IS CREEPY WINKING PEDOPHILIA


  8. says:

    Insanely fun pulp adventure Lovecraftian mash up


  9. says:

    This was a hell of a lot of fun Action packed and audacious cosmic pulp SF horror with layers than an onion A few names whirled through my mind at different points including Cody Goodfellow William Gibson and Robert Howard Links and references to a number of other Barron stories and the entire riff on the boy adventurers trope at the center of the story make this an immensely satisfying read


  10. says:

    Along with Laird’s usual heavy cosmic horror tones there is also a bit of a lighter side in this one as well A dark and wee playful Lovecraftian tale from one of the masters of the genre Fun isn’t typically a word I relate to Laird Barron but dude pulls it off with this one Very nicely done Btw there is plenty of signature dark and crazy nastiness in this one as well so don’t get me wrong This ain’t no comedy


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Rmhole into outer darkness and contacted an alien god Now a bloodthirsty cult and an eually vicious rival firm suspect the Tooms boys know something and will spare no expense nor innocent life to get their claws on them Between the machinations of the disciples of black gods and good old corporate skullduggery it’s winding up to be a hell of a summer vacation for the lads This was a hell of a lot of fun Action packed and audacious cosmic pulp SF horror with layers than an onion A few names whirled through my mind at different points including Cody Goodfellow William Gibson and Robert Howard Links and references to a number of other Barron stories and the entire riff on the boy adventurers trope at the center of the story make this an immensely satisfying read

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Brothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms should have it made as fair haired scions of an impossibly rich and powerful family of industrialists Alas life is complicated in mid 1950s USA when you’re child heirs to the throne of Sword Enterprises a corporation that has enshrined Machiavelli’s The Prince as its operating manual and whose patriarch believes Now I am become Death What a nice surprise Mr Barron has treated us with What begins as an adventure tale think of a cross between the Hardy BoysThe Venture Brothers which turns into a tale of cosmic horror beneath the Polar ice The names of some of the characters was a hoot we get Tom Mandibole a cyclops named Noman collector of lost dreamers the sultry Dr Bravery Daredevil Telemachus Crabbe Captain Ustinov Dr Amanda Bole and Cassius Labrador to name just a few But you get the idea Mr Barron must have had a great time concocting this adventureOf course X's for eyes means death in cartoons which comes from back in the day they used to stitch the eyelids shut on the dead for the viewing of the body so that they didn't suddenly pop open and freak everybody outA well written fun read by one of today's most talented authors Dom na Zanzibarze you’re child heirs to the throne of Sword Enterprises a corporation that has enshrined Machiavelli’s The Prince as its operating manual and whose patriarch believes Now I am become Death What a nice surprise Mr Barron has treated us with What begins as an adventure tale think of a cross between the Hardy BoysThe Venture Brothers which turns into a tale of cosmic horror beneath the Polar ice The names of some of the characters was a hoot we get Tom Mandibole a cyclops named Noman collector of lost dreamers the sultry Dr Bravery Daredevil Telemachus Crabbe Captain Ustinov Dr Amanda Bole and Cassius Labrador to name just a few But Quantum Physics and the Multiplicity of Mind you get the idea Mr Barron must have had a great time concocting this adventureOf course X's for eyes means death in cartoons which comes from back in the day they used to stitch the eyelids shut on the dead for the viewing of the body so that they didn't suddenly pop open and freak everybody outA well written fun read by one of today's most talented authors

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The destroyer of worlds would be a swell company logo Consider also those long cruel winters at the Mountain Leopard boarding school for assassins in the Himalayas or that Dad may be a supervillain while an uncle occasionally slaughters his nephews and nieces for sport; and the space flight research division of Sword Enterprises “accidentally” sent a probe through a wo X's FOR EYES by Laird Barron was a treat to read Although it began with a Hardy Boys feel two brothers up against a mystery of some sort it uickly morphed into something so much Add in a scandalous family with no love for even its own science fictionalternate dimension technology a sadistic school where torture and pain are useful lessons and technological rivals and you have a very rough outline of what you'll be getting hereI'll admit that I honestly did NOT know where this was going at the beginning middle or even near the end However that is the beauty of something written by Laird Barron all the multi layers and individual threads come together in the end At least enough of them do in order for your own mind to make the rest of the connections as you see fitOne of the things that draws me to this author is in fact his ability to give the reader the pieces he or she needs to put the story together but it is still nearly impossible to do until that final chapter The anticipation lasts throughout the entire taleThis one crossed into Fantasy horror science fiction thriller Lovecraftian and possibly a few other genres I've either forgotten to add or failed to identify Highly recommended