Cavallaro's Cavalcade of Carnage
I originally intended on doing two standard reviews on the two Silver Shamrock books that I recently received: Lambs Among Wolves, by Russell James and Below , by Kev Harrison. (Spoiler Alert: I disliked both) To summarize, Lambs Among Wolves is a great idea pulled off poorly and Below is a mediocre idea but with decent writing.

After finishing these two books, I thought to myself, "I sure have read a lot of these Silver Shamrock books. What if I just rank them?"

So, I ranked them.

Bear in mind, I've read 15 of their books, which is about 40% of their total catalogue. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but if you're looking into investing some hard-earned cash into Silver Shamrock, consider these:

The Great:

Jedi Summer: with the Magnetic Kid, by John Boden (forthcoming). Short and sweet coming-of-age story. This is the one that put Boden on the map

, by Chad Lutzke and Tim Meyer. Meyer doesn't get enough credit for his collection, Blackstar Constellations, and Lutzke is consistently good.

In the Scrape, by James Newman and Mark Steensland. One good writer + one good writer = one good novella.

The Good:

Cricket Hunters, by Jeremy Hepler. Not as good as The Boulevard Monster, but still good.

The Crucifixion Experiments, by Gord Rollo. So far, my fave from Rollo.

Gulf, by Shelly Campbell. Sure-handed storytelling with an audacious plot.

The Essential Sick Stuff , by Ronald Kelly. Solid collection.

The Average:

Malignant Summer, by Tim Meyer. Meyer is good. Maybe the hype got to me.

Midnight in the Graveyard, edited by Kenneth W. Cain. Uneven quality, but some good stuff in here.

The Devil's Mistress, by David Barclay. Overused tropes, but engaging writing style from Barclay.

The Bad:

Lambs Among Wolves, by Russell James. I didn't like Farallon Island either.

Below, by Kev Harrison. Like I said, decent writing, but boring plot.

Bad Girl in the Box
, by Tim Curran. Blackout is really good. Get that one instead.

From Death Reborn
, by Kenneth W Cain. Good premise, but characters are paper-thin.

Farallon Island , by Russell James. Skip.

That's all.

Don't get mad at me, I'm just trying to help.

Reviews by Jason Cavallaro
Twitter: @pinheadspawn

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