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Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 01/2017
  • 9780995634114 B01MZATXZ5
  • 224 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 01/2017
  • 9780995634107 B01MZATXZ5
  • 224 pages
  • $9.99
Snake

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

The ley is a world apart. A paradise, a prison. A raw and elemental wilderness; a place of lost innocence. Bowing to seasons, to wind and to fire, to the shocks that nature thrusts upon it. Within its labyrinth of reed, creatures search and stumble blind. Vengeful, beautiful, unforgiving. Living and thriving, surviving and dying, feeding off themselves. Into this merciless world the girl is lured irresistibly. She is drawn to it, repelled by it, drowned in its subterfuge and shame. Trapped and unable to escape, she is changed irretrievably, beyond the power of salvation. Beyond redemption. Transformed and reborn, only to be compelled to confront her ecstatic nightmare repeatedly. Locked in a cycle of death and life.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The pacing ebbs and flows, but Mulhorn's talent for prose carries it well. A subtle uncertainty about climactic events requires good, old-fashioned reader involvement. Sentience is breathed into Earth and animals, and the use of an “Optional Penultimate Chapter” is intriguing.

Prose: The prose is reminiscent of Proust or Thomas Wolfe, if they favored shorter sentences. The simultaneous classic and contemporary feel is impressive. At times, the book reads like an extended poem.

Originality: This book offers a fully unique approach to illustrating how a special child can be damaged. The girl's reality—raw and often dark—is occasionally tinged with sweet magic. It sometimes hurts to read about the girl's pain; it is both vibrant and dense.

Character Development: The author employs a fascinating approach to characterization: none of the human beings have names -- and they are not necessary. The girl is fully formed, the man slightly less-so, while the parents and the aunt are relatively (and usefully) static.

Blurb: This emotional adventure is about the darkness of humanity and nature, told in a haunting, poetic style.

Date Submitted: March 09, 2017

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 01/2017
  • 9780995634114 B01MZATXZ5
  • 224 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 01/2017
  • 9780995634107 B01MZATXZ5
  • 224 pages
  • $9.99

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