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Book Review: 'Limbus, Inc.'

26 September 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

 

Limbus, Inc. is not a short story collection or a themed anthology. It’s “A Shared World Experience,” a set of stories linked by the presence and actions of the mysterious, titular employment agency. Books like this are only as strong as the core concept, and in this case the participating authors had a great gimmick to work with.

Throughout the five stories that make up the bulk of the book, Limbus seeks out characters at low points in their lives, offering them employment scenarios that are tailor-made for their particular skill sets and situations. Of course, a lot of information is held back until the recruits sign on the dotted line, and they soon find themselves in jobs that are far from the simple construction gigs or administrative assistant positions they might have been expecting. How far? How about becoming a glorified food processor for a half-mad alien princess, »

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Limbus Inc: Review

8 March 2013 6:33 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed By Rick O’Shea

Authors: Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Brett J. Talley, Joseph Nassise, Anne C. Petty, Jonathan Maberry

270 Pages

JournalStone Publishing

Matthew Sellers, a bookstore owner receives an ominous gift from an eccentric stranger, Ichabod Templeton. Within the present is a compilation of reports centering around a most unorthodox, elusive employment agency known simply as Limbus Inc. The personnel agency is the main focus or theme of each tale. Templeton upon parting company with Sellers declares the bookstore owner is the chosen one. Is the baffled shop owner in for far more than what he’d bargained for?

The Slaughter Man: Written by Benjamin Kane Ethridge, The Sticker copes with work conditions at the local slaughterhouse. After his marriage falls apart he takes drastic measures to fulfill his potential.

The Sacrifice: Written by Brett J. Talley, is a story about Ryan who struggles from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from time served in the military. »

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The best bar in the world that I know about

17 February 2013 7:15 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

The first Chicago bar I drank in was the Old Town Ale House. That bar was destroyed by fire in the 1960s, the customers hosed off, and the Ale House moved directly across the street to its present location, where it has been named Chicago's Best Dive Bar by the Chicago Tribune.

I was taken to the Ale House by Tom Devries, my fellow college editor from the Roosevelt Torch. It was early on a snowy Sunday afternoon. I remember us walking down to Barbara's Bookstore to get our copies of the legendary New York Herald-Tribune Sunday edition. Pogo. Judith Crist. Tom Wolfe. Jimmy Breslin. I remember peanut shells on the floor and a projector grinding through 16mm prints of Charlie Chaplin shorts. I remember my first taste of dark Löwenbräu beer. The Ale House was cool even then.

I returned to the North Avenue drinking scene on New Year's Eve »

- Roger Ebert

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