Welcome to the next stop for L.E. Moebius’ blog tour! I hope you’ve had a fun trip, and enjoyed the reviews. If you are just joining us, don’t worry, you can go back and visit any of the stops with the links provided at the bottom of my post.
A little about the author to get us started:
Lucinda Moebius has been a writer since she was a child and was first published in 2010. Since then she has worked hard to create unique visions and stories. Her work includes novels in multiple genres including: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Children’s Books, Screenplays and Non-fiction. Lucinda has a Doctorate in Education and loves teaching, but her greatest desire is to help others understand how literature and writing can bring enlightenment and understanding to everyone. She offers book coaching and advice to everyone, whether they want it or not.
Stream of consciousness refers to the practice of writing down ideas as they come into your head. The conventions of grammar and appropriateness of language is usually ignored when using this literary technique. For those of you who cringe at the misplaced metaphor, or the comma splice, or the occasionally correctly spelled wrong word so frequently seen in this day of spell-check reliability, don’t worry there are a lot more things in here to worry about. Concern yourself with the things that go bump in the night. The unexplained. The unexplainable.
A word of caution to the easily offended: some of the word choice used by the voices may not be acceptable in mixed company. When you deal with fears like these it is important to allow the voice freedom.
This was an interesting read. I usually don’t like the stream of conscious-style writing, but it definitely works for this book.
Though it is set in the current day, Lucinda takes time to build up the setting for the story with a couple of quick sketches right up front. Then, as the story moves along, adds new details to the world she is painting to bring it to life. Though the story is centered on one setting, there are a couple of others that aren’t as developed – a line here, a phrase there to anchor the story in the world. Reading this felt like I was looking at a classical painting – the focused detail in the center of the piece, and as the picture moved towards the edges of the canvas, the piece became more abstract. This is not an approach I have seen used before, but it suited the piece so well I didn’t notice until after I finished that the places mentioned outside of the main setting weren’t fleshed out.
The character development happens more through how the first person narrator is reflected in the support characters, rather than from watching the changes happen. I’m not exactly sure if the character develops, or fractures, to be honest. But, there are definitely some noticeable changes by the time you get to the last page. And, it makes for a fun trip through the pages.
The pacing of the story is an interesting mix of fast and middling. There’s no sense of anything being rushed, nor is there anywhere that events feel like they are lagging. Each chapter has it’s own internal pacing, as well as the overall story being told. I think this is what contributes to the final mix, and what enables the narrative to have such a wide swing in the ebb and flow for the pace.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. Normally I have trouble getting “lost” in shorter works, and this one had me from the first paragraph. A solid five out of five stars for me. And, with the content of the story, even my pukah helpers agree it was good. Will be interesting to see what else Lucinda comes up with.
If the review intrigued you, and you’d like to pick up a copy to read for yourself, here’s the link to Amazon for your convenience.
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05-25-16 K. Caffee (::chuckles:: You’re here, but I’ve linked it any way.)
05-26-16 Nancy W Moors
05-27-16 Jenna Whittaker
05-28-16 Zora Marie – Zora wraps up the tour with an interview, so don’t forget to stop by.