.Sage Kalmus wrote ].Hi Mike. Had to pause in mid-read because I’m already so moved by how rich and personal this read is.Maxie is a female Holden Caulfield, and you capture her voice with Salinger-like care. Her voice makes for an easy read that flows like a runaway train, carrying the reader breathlessly from one page to the next. She has a deceptively easygoing matter-of-factness to her voice seasoned with an exuberant and precocious self-awareness that makes her a delightful character to tag along with for this wild ride…. at times this book is nevertheless downright laugh-out-loud funny. I haven’t enjoyed a dystopian revolutionary tale this much since Terry Gilliam’s film “Brazil”. In literature, the closest I’ve found is actually one of my favorites “Riddley Walker” by Russell Hoban. A total roller-coaster ride that I don’t want to get off.
Henry Scott…Mikey – wow! I’ve not read anything like this on before and I love it. A real masterpiece .…Henry (Lord Tom – The Bare Fist Fighter).
The Free by M Gilliland…This is Social Science Fiction not attempted since Survivors on BBC in the Seventies. Are we back there, yet?I love this book. As satire, it works superbly showing up the inevitable consequences of Western Free Market Rapacious Capitalism as well as giving us a taste of Good Old Days English Humour. …I’m loving the central conceit and your ‘back to the land’ theorising where ordinary folk – God I’m writing like a Yokel! – come up with the low tech, non policy solutions. The Free has the potential to be a very, very important book. …The use of differing narrators is also brilliant. Each opens a different perspective, depending on their personalities and prejudices. Popping the self conscious writing bubble beautifully. If only the likes of Martin Amis, Will Self, Rushdie et al could actually define their characters in the simple, no nonsense way you have. Who needs drawn out internal monologues and socio-political rhetoric when you can do this?…Deserving of its place in the TOP 12..Envy is such a difficult emotion to deal with…
DMcGill…What a blast! I never knew I’d enjoy a story such as this. I’m so glad I did! Your writing is brilliant and your characters are so real and….crazy as it sounds, human. Imperfect, lost then found, loving, frustrating – human! ….Donna
Really like your style. Reads so fluidly and the atmosphere of the nuns/school/dad planting a smacking kiss – great. Love Linda Moon. On my list. Best, Louise –
TJONES …I never seen a book laid out like this but I have to tell you I really enjoyed the couple of chapters I read. I got use to the flow of the book really fast and the story kept my attention. The best of luck with you on this book.
Congratulations to this fantastic book! The story is so tight and in some places I could feel my heart being squeezed, my blood pressure rising … then comes along a funny bit and on and on it goes. You have a very special and unique voice. All the best! Kara´.
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