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Cristina Martin was born and raised in Miami and moved to New York City in 2001. She is currently based in Los Angeles (for now) and has written two books: The Automat (fiction) and I Still Love You, NY (semi-autobiography).
A Series of Catastrophic Mistakes (Humor, short stories)
A Face for Reuben Hill (Horror, Romance)
on June 22, 2013 :
This novel gives a real look into everyday life with a twist, a really dark and rather twisted twist. Martin does this with her solid writing and off the wall descriptions. This is an extremely well written novel with a coherent and easy to follow storyline. That said, I spent a great deal of time just saying WTF, just WTF. The bulk of this stems from the fact that the writing style doesn’t really match the storyline. Martin has adopted a light and flowing writing style, well suited to a YA story, and told a very dark and twisted tale with it. The writing style draws you in very quickly and then clashes with the subject matter causing a bit of a vortex that I could neither get into or out of.
Being that this story is well written in the 1st person it is very easy to see the world from the main character’s perspective. You get to know him quite well through this. That said, at times there is almost too much detail in his day to day activities. You get caught in the mundane.
Overall Martin has an interesting manner of writing that keeps her work flowing forward. She is a phenomenally descriptive writer who tells you about each and every thing that is encountered in the story. Combined with the unique storyline this is definitely different from anything I’ve read in quite a while.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
(review of free book)
on May 06, 2013 :
When this book began, I was confused and bored. Reading about this character's routine of a life was very boring and it had me wondering if Horace (the main character) felt as if his life was boring. Then, I started feeling sorry for him. Especially when we get to meet his wife. His wife was a b!**h and he was pathetic. But then, he meets a pair of big, brown eyes and his life changes forever. You can kinda tell that this guy is a little coo-coo, put you really get to see how much after he meets these eyes.
I didn't like the fact that the book was written in first person and all in his head - with a few dialogue thrown in here and there - but it worked for this particular story, as the MC was kinda 'not all there'. Also, there were some grammatical, spelling, and other editing errors that were annoying to come across. My ebook also had text that was bold as well as not bold, and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to know the difference between what was going on or if this too were a mistake.
Even though these errors were annoying, the story was just so compelling. Once I started to read, it was hard to put it down. Though he's crazy, you really feel for this guy and want to justify all the crazy things he's doing.
This is also the first book I've completed on any ebook device (because I much rather prefer a paperback copy). Yay!
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)