It only looks like another Vietnam War novel. But this one was written by a Vietnamese. Who lived in the US. But worked as an agent for North Vietnam while in the US. This former South Vietnamese Army captain, but known as Captain (because that is the only name you will find for the narrator in the story) worked against Vietnamese in the refugee population who wanted to go back and refight the war. Sounds a bit ungrateful, huh? He didn’t think so, and he will tell you why in this novel. It is a bit long, but is rewarding reading, even with at least three sentences that have more than 350 words in them.
This is a very disturbing emotionally provocative book. Meaning it will make you cry. Really! Even if you are a member of Seal Team Six, this will bring on the tears. And even if you are looking for any sex type scenes (because, after all, that is the only thing teenagers do) you will have to read very attentively to find one. There is one.
This is for you if you liked Off Season. Lots of Violence, gore, terrible stuff. Just when you want to fill your mind with creepy stuff because…. You are bored with your weekday!!
Offspring by Jack Ketchum
Romance and feminist literature are not genre I usually follow. Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, The Husband’s, yes, but these are exceptions. Every once in a while an interesting presentation during early marketing of a book catches my attention, as happened with this one. I did not pay enough attention to the early advertising blurbs for this one. Disappointment followed, but it is my fault.
The Fourteen Day Soul Detox by RITA STRADLING
This is a combination book of dark poetry and short stories. I will look at each title in the book rather than a comprehensive comment on the book in its entirety. I am furnishing the review in return for a copy of the book.
Book of Squalor by Max Rudd
Short stories and poems are good traveling companions to fill the dead times of routine. One of the stories, Trucks, takes a bit more time to appreciate the descriptive, complex language used for the architectural features of the warehouse.
I think some of the characters are complex due their vague characterizations in the poems. This is not a bad thing; I am sure the invitation to reader engagement is appreciated by readers of poetry.
At least it is not your everyday male teacher seduces/rapes female student. It is the reverse, sort of. But who seduced who (whom)? After reading this book, you will know. But the weird thing is; this novel is not really about the sex.
Notes On a Scandal by Zoe Heller
For those interested in end of the world scenarios and depictions of man’s cruelty to man when personal survival is at stake, this one is for you. There is absolutely no sex. That is because everyone is focused on food. They are too tired for sex. And also everyone smells bad, so unless that is your fetish you are out of luck. But there is cannibalism. And even drinking of human blood by people who have no desire to become vampires. They just ran out of water. So all is not lost for those with twisted minds.
CyberStorm by Matthew Mather