I write random things that come to mind from... well random places. I love B movies, Virginia Woolf, painting, and trying to figure out how different kinds of evil would actually work in different social settings than the ones they were created in. I guess I'm mostly harmless. Most days.
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Hazel Hassenfeffer is faced with a dilemma. The dilemma of her own death. Follow her journey through the afterlife as she tries to deal with her past, her loved ones, the society that raised her, and the terrible novel she wrote.
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- Buddy Hatch & The End of the World
on June 25, 2011
When I first realized this was a story about the rapture I was a little weary. Would this story end up just preaching to me that I had to repent for my wicked ways? Would it make me uncomfortable with oodles of Bible quotes? Luckily the answer to both those questions is no. B.L. Newport's "Buddy Hatch & The End of the World" is an incredibly delightful look at the rapture craze of May 2011. It strikes a fair balance between being a mocking work, and an understanding work.
The plot of the story follows Buddy Hatch and a couple of other townsfolk of Mackleberry Ridge on the day proclaimed to be the rapture. This is the kind of plot that could easily end up being preachy and overbearing, but with healthy doses of humor Newport manages to side step both. The plot flows nicely and the story is difficult to put down because of it.
The characters in this story all have a lovely quality to them. None of them are too likable or dislikable. They're all just people with their quirks and flaws. The interactions between them are what really make this a truly enjoyable story.
The theme of religion can be a touchy one. It's easy to get preachy and to accidentally offend readers in the process. The religious theme of this story works nicely though through the interactions of the Mackleberry townsfolk. Neither side feels "right" they just all feel human and wonderful.
In the end "Buddy Hatch & The End of the World" is worth a read. There are some grammatical issues in the work, but none of them are enough to suck the enjoyment out of it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good laugh.
- Lucid Dreaming
on June 25, 2011
Lisa Morton's novella "Lucid Dreaming" is a fun distopia story. With the zombie movie overtones and bleak look at the world post dreaming sickness the novella is perfect for people looking to read something fun and post apocolyptic.
The plot of "Lucid Dreaming" is pretty standard fare. A disease has taken over the world leaving a choice few to wander the wastes and try to put together something resembling normalcy. What is interesting in the plot is that the most dangerous person in the book is actually the protagonist, not the dreamers. It leads to some interesting dilemmas and interactions in the book. But it also leads to a plot that lacks any tension. Knowing that the main character is the actual character to fear, it makes the other threats kind of pale in comparison.
Spike, the main character of this novella, really carries the narration well. She is a fun character, and she is very believable. It would have been nice to actually hear more from the character. She has an interesting dichotomy about her that I feel could have held the narration in a longer work. In comparison to Spike, many of the other characters end up feeling a little bit flat.
The themes in this novella are interesting. There is a lovely push and pull between whether it is better to be a dreamer or a realist flowing through the work. There is also a question that begs to be asked. Where do we draw the line of sanity?
For anyone that likes to read a good distopian book, or anyone that wants to read a different kind of zombie story, this is just what you are looking for.
- Harold Finn - Ninja Warrior "The Warrior Within"
on June 26, 2011
When I first picked up Paul Donovan's "Harold Finn - Ninja Warrior: The Warrior Within" I expected long complicated bits of dialogue spoken through clenched teeth under the moonlight. Maybe a couple of sword fights that end with one ninja dramatically standing while the other one practically explodes. This novel manages to miss all of those cliches and turn out to be a very entertaining story. It is the perfect mix of a buddy story, detective story, and 1980's martial arts film.
The plot follows Harold Finn and Connie Stinson as they try to piece together a mystery surrounding her parents. At times the plot feels more like a Miss Marple novel than a ninja story. As the events unfold Donovan manages to merge the feeling of a buddy detective story with a 1980's martial arts film quite well. There are over the top villains, car chases, clues hidden away in odd places, and plenty of comic relief.
The plot of the story wouldn't be all that interesting if it weren't for the characters. Some of the characters do come off a little bit cardboard (especially the villains), but that is part of the story's charm. By far the strongest characters in the novel are the two main characters, Harold and Connie. Their interactions with each other never feel forced and it feels like they have a very real friendship.
Some of the eastern religious themes of the book are actually where the problems show up. It isn't anything that will detract from the story, but the repeated themes of fate and fear sometimes feel a little bit forced. On the one hand it works well with the martial arts film feel of the novel, but on the other hand it sometimes comes off as awkward.
This is a very enjoyable novel and it is well worth the read. It has a short coming or two, but the character interactions and fun feel of the work more than makes up for it. If you're looking for something enjoyable to read this book certainly fits the bill.
- This Guy
on July 02, 2011
I'm completely floored by this novel. I don't even know where to begin to describe just how much I loved it. James Lewelling's This Guy is a masterpiece of insanity. It is far too easy to fall into the many cliches of insanity, but Lewelling does an absolutely amazing job of presenting an insane cast and at the same time making the reader doubt their own sanity.
The plot of this guy is pretty simplistic, but the way that it is told is incredibly deep. The narrative has the same sort of feel Tristram Shandy. The dreamlike plot does a wonderful job of holding the reader's attention, and the reveals are all done so subtly that nothing feels out of place.
The characters are incredibly confusing, but not in a bad way. The confusion of who is who, and what they're names are plays remarkably well with the overall feel of the book. It's rare to find a book that is told in first person this well. All of the characters fill out bits of the human psyche in ways that are hard to express. The work is clearly filled with metaphors and allusions, but none of them feel forced. This is the kind of work a person could delve into looking for literary ideas, or a reader could read purely for enjoyment.
The theme of insanity, or more specifically sense of self, is what drives this story. What starts out as a simple story about this guy coming up with a plan for his neighbor, folds in on itself over and over again asking the question who is this guy's neighbor. Who is this guy? Who is the narrator? Where does a person's sense of self begin, and where does it end? The cast of characters interact with one another in ways that only further the questions. Nothing is ever really answered, but nothing really has to be.
This is the kind of book that everyone should read. It is an incredible work.
- Verruca Music
on July 03, 2011
I'm not really sure how to deal with this book. There's definitely something to it that I liked. It has a life to it that is entertaining. But I also feel like I've been left out of some inside joke. Staurt Estell's Verruca Music makes very little sense to me, and the lack of punctuation doesn't help.
On the one hand the interaction of the two characters in this story is fun. They have some interesting dialogue. I also see some of the allusions in the work, and those are fun too. The major thing that keeps me from really enjoying this work is the lack of punctuation. There are some apostrophes for contractions, but that's it. The paragraph structure is all over the place too. When I got done reading this I thought two things. The first is that I was left out of some complicated inside joke. The other is that this reads a lot of like an art school film. That's not a bad thing if that's what you're looking for, but this is so high brow that it is nearly unapproachable for me. I can clearly see the ties to authors like Joyce and Beckett in this work. I just wish that there was a little bit more structure to this story. At the very least some periods to bring in a pause or two.
If you are looking for a piece of experimental literature this book will be good. If you are looking for something with a more standard story structure this story will leave you confused.