Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal

Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial KillerFireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

The story opens with a woman in a bathtub unable to move, she soon realises that she is not alone. Here, we are introduced to the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer. A woman who is fed up with authors’ sloppy workmanship when it comes to their novels and editing. Following is an interview broadcast on the dark-net, the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer is fielding questions and giving those attending the broadcast a look into their mind and the reasons behind what they do.

This was such a cleverly thought out short story. It took all of roughly fifteen minutes to read, but in that fifteen minutes I was struck by how brilliant the concept was. We’ve all encountered Grammar Nazis in our time on the internet, some of us will openly admit to being one ourselves *cough*. I absolutely love how the author took this pedantic quirk to the absolute extreme. A woman who is so fed up with mistakes in literature that she takes it upon herself to teach the authors a lesson through the deaths of their fellow writers. She takes care to leave behind a copy of the person’s book with the mistakes underlined and circled so that those who find the body will know exactly why this has happened.

I thought the interview aspect in chapter 2 was fantastic, it gave insight into the mind of this particular serial killer, and who, out of those of us fascinated by serial killers, doesn’t want this opportunity. We all find ourselves asking “why did they do what they did?” “What drove them to this?” “why did they murder in THAT particular way?”. Some of these questions are answered by this particular serial killer and I found it super interesting. Yes, I am aware that this character is not real, but who’s to say that in the future there might not be someone who goes completely over the edge over the smallest irk and begins a life of killing? I personally believe it’s a possibility, what with people getting offended by every little thing, left, right and centre these days. Just you wait, it’ll happen.

I thought that characters were well thought out and had enough backstory for the length of this story. I found myself wanting to know more about the killer, I wanted to hear more tales about her murders, as we are told that she has now killed 17 people, but we only hear about a couple of these, while experiencing one as it happens. I loved the explanation behind why she killed these people the way that she did. Absolutely brilliant!

The ending was fantastic as well. I loved the small twist that came out of nowhere (the best kind of twist), it really made the story hit a great climax. The little epilogue at the end was also a great idea, I felt that it gave our murderer another layer, it showed us that she was not JUST a serial killer, she has a life, she’s, for all intents and purposes, a regular human being, just one that has a slightly less than normal way of dealing with her pet-hates.

Brilliant. I am super interested to see what else this author produces as I feel that they will be putting out some real gems.

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