13 November 2012

Mock Review of Lethal Injection, The Seed

This month's prompt at Absolute Write:
NaMoReMo (National Mock Review Month)

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, write a mock review of a writing project that you have done or would like to do. Make sure to either give a brief, one-sentence description of what the project is or work it into the review somehow. You can review anything (poetry, prose, collected blog posts) and in any way you like (funny, serious, Dadaist). Each post should be less than 1000 words if possible.

Lethal Injection, The Seed

Lethal Injection, The Seed by Diane Carlisle is a tale so disturbing it makes one wonder if the author has had some experience with the subject matter at hand. Who can make up such things as what it feels like to come to terms with molestation and the mortality of its perpetrators? How does an author weave such a tale without disgust for her own words?

This story resonates with the haunting voice of a young man coming to grips with his demons and confronting the past before it is too late to repair the path to his own future. I have a feeling we will be seeing this character again as the ending seemed open to more of the same disturbing reflections, peeling the onion petals further and further away from the middle and exposing a core to this dark secret, one for which we never have the opportunity to render a closure.

It is an unorthodox weaving of what appears to be an attempt at literary work by an amateur writer. I was unable to stomach this short piece of work. Likewise, I was unable to stop reading for the horror of it.

I would recommend it only because I think Diane Carlisle is a great person and would like to see her make some profit off this one, even though it is her first published fiction and she has not earned herself recognition in the literary circles of such elite and prominent authors as J.D. Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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  1. I think you're being just a *teensy* bit harsh on yourself with the whole "I can't stomach it" thing, lady! I will happily give you a happy review of it [your story] any time :)

  2. Great possibilities of an intense storyline here,and certainly a page turner with readers rooting for the main character to dispel his demons to brighten his future. Nice job, Diane!

  3. I love this idea. A mock review of your own book is totally awesome! :)

    1. You should sign up and review your Touch of Death series. It's all in fun! :)

  4. I like Diane Carlisle's writing too and this horror story sounds scary but it's probably great! :)

    1. Potential reader: Is it scary?

      Me: No, but it's disturbing.


      Thanks for your vote of confidence, Eve!

  5. Nice job! It's tough to step out of yourself and think what some snooty reviewer would think :) The Fitzgerald/Salinger comparison is a little unfair; F. Scott wrote a lot before he hit the big time and Salinger got one of the Beatles killed, after all.

    1. Thanks, I agree! I was grasping for famous literary types. :) But, I will still dream one day I can be among those admired for their work!

  6. Bring out the demons and annihilate them. This has lots of potential.

    1. Thanks, Charity! I can't wait to write the novel it has spawned. :)

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  8. I agree that you are being too hard on yourself you snooty book reviewer you!

    1. I love being snooty! Why should I treat myself any different? ;)

  9. Unable to stomach it? Wow, that's interesting. Makes it sound...enticing.

  10. "...an attempt at literary work by an amateur writer."

    Ouch! Pretty damn hard on yourself there, lady.


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