Review: The Visible Filth

The Visible Filth
The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella from Nathan Ballingrud. There was a lot to love here. For me, the best writing is the kind that can be, in turns, brutally simple and achingly eloquent. Ballingrud pulls it off very well. There were some parts here that really had me so engrossed that someone entering the room unexpectedly caused me to startle. That’s a rare thing.
If I could offer any criticism, it would be that I felt like there could have been more. The end kind of came rushing at me and I still had questions about other elements and events that happened earlier in the novella.
So, if it’s a criticism to say that Ballingrud left me wanting more, then so be it. I’m betting he would take that all day long.
If and when the author comes out with a full novel, it will go to the top of the to-read list.

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