Mind and Flesh by 8Loki comes with this warning from the Amazon Kindle book site:
“WARNING: Strong explicit content that can hurt all sorts of sensibilities. Weird and hardcore on all fronts, you have been warned.” That warning is understated. The novel is 239 pages divided into four sections: PART 1 – My Mind PART 2 – Her Flesh PART 3 – His Flesh PART 4 – Our Flesh. PART 1 is the most difficult to get through. It reads as if it were vocabulary vomit without any connections between sentences or paragraphs. If there were a theme, it would be as if a bunch of guys (females would not act this way of course) got together with the aim of grossing each other out with displays of vulgar language used in describing perverted situations. Several pages (maybe ten) into part 1 I decided this was not worth reading; I would abandon this. But I didn’t. Why?
It occurred to me that nobody could possibly write so many pages in a style of automatic writing that seemed to have no purpose. So I skipped part 1, went to part 2 and found a story that turned out to be good despite the constant use of what I considered to be unnecessary vulgarity. There is an interesting story with several nice surprises. After finishing parts 2, 3, and 4, I found that reading all of part 1 came close to making sense. I have never seen this style of writing recommended anywhere. If you lose most of your readers in the early part of the book, where is your paying audience? I gave it a second look only out of disbelief that what I read in the first part could survive over 239 pages.
This is a mad scientist story. Told primarily in the first person, our scientist has created a machine which allows him to implant his identity, memory, and personality into the mind of another. The recipient’s identity is erased. The recipient is effectively dead except for the presence of the physical body. The story becomes more complicated as the scientist finds that he doesn’t have to erase everything in the body of the new host. So our scientist can acquire new knowledge from the new host, but he can also acquire less desirable features, such as mental problems. Our scientist can transfer bodies into either male or female. This gives the author new venues for exercising creative and perverse vulgarity.
Eventually, the government becomes involved and wants to use this humanitarian invention for nefarious purposes. Our scientist only wanted to create, through cloning, a perfect human. Create enough of them and we have a perfect society. The government, however, just wanted perfect soldiers. Our morally bankrupt scientist will fight the evil government for the good of all.
The best situation posed is when our scientist transfers his male existence into the body of a female but does not erase his existence in the male. So he exists twice? For what purpose? He is in the body of a handsome male, but also in the body of a sexy female. Go back to the warning label on the novel. And then I guess the story is told in the first persons.
If you have no problems with lots of sex and violence delivered explicitly (and I believe gratuitously) download this. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it is “free.” A challenge is to see if you can get past PART 1.