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Zakk reviews Literature® by Guillermo Stitch, 103 pages published by Nineveh Editions, July 1, 2018.
Kindle eBook provided by the author for review consideration.
Entertainment Value (Because the kids like numbers)
We don’t know exactly when Literature® takes place and we don’t know exactly where-all we know is that Philip Marlowe would fit right in.
But we don’t get Marlowe. We get Billy Stringer, and Billy is on nobody’s trail. He’s the prey.
The story unfolds in the course of a single day, and it hasn’t begun very well for Billy. He just messed up his first big assignment, he’s definitely going to be late for work, his girlfriend won’t get back to him and for reasons she has something to do with, he’s dressed like a clown.
Also, he’s pretty sure somebody’s going to kill him today. But then that’s an occupational hazard, when you’re a terrorist.
He’s a bit of a bookworm too, which wouldn’t be a problem-or particularly interesting-except in Billy’s world, fiction is banned. Reading it is what makes him an outlaw.
Why? Because people need to get to work…
It’s fight or flight time for Billy, and he’s made his choice. But he has to see Jane, even if it’s for the last time-to explain it all to her, before she finds out what he has become. That means staying alive for a little while.
And the odds are against him…
Literature® is kind of a big step for me, more of a higher concept think piece than I am normally subjecting myself to. As a lifelong horror nut and a simple reader to boot, it is important to leap out of my comfort zone every now and again for a read that challenges me, my thought process and my desired choice of genre. Something that gets me thinking along different planes and tangents. At this moment the challenge is Literature®. A book that, at the core, appeals to me and always has. Here is little insight to inside my brain pan: While yes, I do love a creature feature splatter fest and I always will, forever and ever amen, the number one aspect that I need in a narrative, the main thing that allows me to connect with anything I read is quality dialog. Dialog needs to feel fluid and natural. That is the make or break issue with me. Followed closely second by the narrative being, at least somewhat, grounded in reality. I want the characters and plights they face to feel plausible, then I need to believe in them and what they’re saying to one another. It’s not too much to ask, and a lot of times dialog seems to take a back seat to… whatever else an author has decided to focus on (in my desired genre, a lot of times it takes a back seat to gore, violence.)
Literature® itself is populated with grounded, believable characters, living in a world that, while a bit fantastical, feels like it could be where we as a nation could be headed. Is Literature® futuristic, is it alternate reality present, maybe even a bit of advanced noir-ish past, all of the above? Numerous flavors are found within it’s pages. It feels a bit like tongue-in-cheek satire on the surface, a bit of a slight of hand so that the powers that be don’t recognize it is more of a warning. A cautionary tale to turn the you-tube unboxing videos off and pick up a book. For it’ll be easier for “Them” to take the books away if nobody is reading in the first place.
Our main character Billy is like-able enough in the onset, and as his story progresses (and backstory revealed) he becomes a quite a bit more captivating. I can say the same for the narrative.
I initially struggled a bit with a connection to the story but as the curtain pulled further away showing more of the would dynamic, the more involved I became, and the drama of the cat-mouse game is worth the price of admission.
What if fiction and literature became contraband? Accused of contributing to the delinquency of humanity, and therefore deemed an illegal substance. Taken away, for our own good. How many generations would it take before humanity forgets it’s belief in things that go bump in the night? Monsters, ghosts. How many generations to forget a belief in heroes? How many generations to lose the desire to create? Just something I was thinking about while reading Literature®. I think we’d challenge this, I’d challenge this, to the death…?
Secondary thought, reading Literature® on a Kindle felt a bit surreal…
Take a spin through Literature®, I think you’ll have a good time.
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am choosing to review it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation, monetary or otherwise.
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