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Shane Liston
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Creatures of Habit: A User's Guide to Recovery
Shane Liston, author
The title of my book Creatures of Habit is really all about my journey of addiction and alcoholism. As my addiction took over, it seemed at some point all about the maintenance of staying loaded. The fun of it all quickly slipped away, and it was all about maintaining my high. My hopes and dreams slowly slipped away, and it became all about the drug. Family and friends were a thing of the past, and my entire life revolved around methamphetamine. Creatures of Habit is a book about my twenty-year journey with methamphetamine and how I finally broke the habit and started to recover. I only knew what I knew at the time, and it has taken a lot of hard work to unravel my insanity of addiction and to replace that with focus, foundation, dedication, purpose, and the desire to learn. Creatures of Habit is about how a twenty-year meth user turned his life around and managed to not only get family and friends back in my life but those relationships are better than ever before. New relationships are solid, and I'm no longer putting myself in harm's way. I believe in something much greater than myself today.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Creatures of Habit: A User's Guide to Recovery is a hard-hitting memoir of a drug addict who has recovered and who aims to pass on what he has learned to assist other addicts along their journeys.

Prose: The prose is lively, but suffers from cliched descriptions and overwrought expressions.

Originality: The first half of this work is a more free-flowing narration of the author's experiences of the prison of addiction. The second half draws heavily on the twelve-step program and Christian spirituality to uplift individuals who are seeking a way out of their own addictions. While not entirely novel, Creatures of Habit will likely speak to readers desiring to move forward free of drugs and alcohol.

Character Development/Execution: The author writes poignantly and honestly about his struggles. Additional characters are somewhat lacking in their development and can often come across as sketches rather than fully realized individuals. 

Date Submitted: November 01, 2021

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