The quick disclaimer: Mr Xane and I follow each other on Goodreads and Booklikes. I have never interacted with him beyond a couple of polite comments on his feed. Hence I do not think my review is biased, but on that you can make up your own mind.
Colour me officially grossed out. It takes a significant effort to achieve such a result, but Xane has done just that with the very strange ode to conspiracy theories, B-grade sci-fi and body horror that is The Hanover Block.
Part of the attraction to this one is that for the first half I was kept in suspense, wondering what exactly was going on. It's fair to say I would never have guessed the answer and I doubt many others would either. It's bizarre and gross, but then I already said that. And why not? I'll say it again. It was gross.
Aside from captivating, The Hanover Block is also extremely well written. The 125 pages felt no longer than 50, as Xane's prose glides along like warmed butter onto a dinner roll: all smooth and tasty like.
In short, read this. The parts I liked most I can't speak about in case I, too, disappear suddenly. After all, you never know when they might be after you ...
4 Odd Backyard Constructions for The Hanover Block.