FUNGOID (DarkFuse) is one of those rare books that may reach mass appeal if you can overlook its crowded cast of characters. Everything else is just peachy—from the non-stop action sequences to the slew of gruesome moments, not to mention the in-your-face approach. Set in this apocalyptic world where a mushroom trip isn’t what it used to be, this tale of survival of the fittest during a fungi invasion is far from being mundane.
Indeed, FUNGOID shines best when the focus is on the action sequences. Clearly the author has that magic touch whenever trouble appears. When the spotlight is on his people, however, that’s where the novel stumbles quite a bit. Not that they are not well-drawn. Most of them make a good impression. The trouble is that there are just too many for a 177 page novel, and confusion can set in after a while. For this type of a story you need much more room to make everyone pop just right.
However, I will admit that a couple of days later after finishing up the novel I did find myself reminiscing over some decisions made by those same jam-packed people I’m bitching about. So I guess in hindsight the novel worked its magic anyways. I still believe the author should have taken a longer time to set it all up, though. Maybe he will one day when he decides to release a longer version. In the meantime enjoy this FUNGOID—flawed and all.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Until next post—Martin