As you know from my last post, I’m a fan of medieval fantasy. However, I’ve never done much reading in the genre before. I prefer movies. But when I saw the Metatron’s video about Burgundian knights recently and he recommended Virgin Killer by Jon Stone I was very intrigued, because I’ve been meaning to read more often since my 2021 New Year resolution (which I never got around to sharing with you guys).
Well, since this was the fist book I’ve read in years, I thought I’d review it in case someone else wants to know what they’re about to get into before they give it a try. If you want to see that Burgundian knight video I was talking about though, I’ll share the link below.
Just to get started I’ll say that I wasn’t as excited about the book as Metatron seemed to be (maybe because I wasn’t getting paid to read it), and I’d only recommend it to people who enjoy dark comedy and satire (more info on the satire in a moment), but I still loved it. I Googled “author Jon Stone” and found out it was actually the guy who wrote the Cookie Monster books, and in the Metatron’s video description he says the author’s site is https://timothyrjeveland.com/ which was shocking to me because I actually read that blog and so my confusion made me dig deeper. I think the author chose Jon Stone as a penname because he was a fan of the Cookie Monster or something. Anyways, it makes sense because Virgin Killer reminded me a lot of a twisted child’s cartoon in many ways.
The main reason I loved the book, though, was the satire on the COVID-19 pandemic. The philosophy in the book, if you pay attention enough to pick up on it, is genius, with a dark theme running through the entire story. I don’t know why the author promoted the book as a dark fantasy horror when clearly it’s a satire comedy that happens to be medieval fantasy.
If reading it as a satire I would give it 5 out of 5 stars, especially if your a fan of Norman Bates because that was clearly an inspiration for the main character Norman Baynes. But if you read the book simply as a fantasy novel then you might be disappointed and confused.
So if you decide to read it then consider paying attention to the theme and the conflict because there’s a genius message hidden in there, in my opinion. Now that I’m back to reading again I’ll be keeping my eye out for more recommendations. If you know any books you think I might like then let me know. Until the next one, I’ll continue to critique TV.