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William Scott wakes up with a killer hangover. Well done and believable, but I'm thinking so what? Then things get strange. Wolves in the hallway, birds that won't fly, dead neighbors. It gets worse and worse faster and faster.
It's a quick read that keeps your attention. I read it in a little over an hour and couldn't have stopped if the house was afire. I especially enjoyed Will's character, and how he makes bonehead decisions but still manages to pull through.
There were a few glitches that popped me out of the story world, but I dove back in and was sucked right along. For example: there are hungry wolves in the building, hungry enough to take on a living Will, but not hungry enough to scavenge the dead neighbor in the hallway. For example: Will looks at himself in a mirror, a few scenes after he smashed said mirror with a baseball bat. For example: He rolled a Lamborghini. That's virtually impossible with a car that low slung. Spin out, yes; roll, no.
And then we come to the ending, and alas I was disappointed. He's escaped plague, wolves, another human in better shape with better arms, and even an exploding town. He's stuck at a gas station and what saves the day? Not Will: a phone call from some previously unmentioned group of people who were secretly cheering for him.
And too many things are left hanging. I don't need everything to be wrapped up with a bow, but honestly, in this story nothing is wrapped up. We don't know where the plague came from. We don't know why Will survived it. We don't know who the secret group of people are or why they couldn't save Will sooner.Read more ›
Although this is definitely not the type of book I usually read, it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to read it once again, and to seek out anything else that Max Andrew Dubinsky writes in the future. And as for a follow-up to Dislocated? Color me there!
Will's day is like a car crash. You can't look away.
From the first hysterically surreal encounter with a f*****g wolf in the hallway (which, as he notes, is far different and not to be confused with "just a wolf in the hall, like it's no big deal at all") to totaling his neighbor's orange Lamborghini, you can't stop...because Will can't stop.
Will is a compelling character, far from perfect and more than a little coarse, but you just have to root for him. He's real. He's a mess. He's just been in a bar fight, and our first glimpse of him is watching him spit his teeth into the sink. But he worries about his mom and he misses his ex. He has regrets. Wounds.
He gets scared, but he knows it's push on or die.
Dislocated is a quick, engaging read that can transport you, for a few minutes or a few hours, into a day that's a lot worse than the one you're having, but that's also got excitement and heart.
I can't wait to see what's next.
In all honesty, it was the non-ending that has me the most perturbed about this novella.
OK, I'm not a big one for 4-letter words, blood-and-guts (literally or figuratively), and so forth. I *am* a sucker for a 1st-person narrative, which this book delivers in spades and another suit or two. The author definitely gets you into the fevered mind of the protagonist, often leaving me wondering whether what we're reading is real or just a vision he's having. Even the stupid things he does makes sense in context. With that in mind, I can just about forgive the foul language.
The ending, at least in the review copy, revs up full-speed to the point where you finally think you've got the solution ...
And it drops you, flat on your back, directing you to a web site where you can eventually read the rest of the story.
Had I known it would be essentially serial fiction in the first place, I might be a bit more forgiving about that.
I didn't, so I'm not.
Four stars up until the very last page, then zero stars for cutting the reader off at the knees. Result: two very generous stars, and someone who probably won't be following the rest of the story, at least not until it's actually DONE.
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The descriptions, the imagery, the symbolism. He puts you right there in the middle of it. Mixing tragedy with subtle comedy and self deprecation. Such a good readPublished on January 28, 2014 by O. Forrest, Jr.
Incredibly frustrating. Decent beginning, even if the worldbuilding is a bit amateurish. Not the best out there, but better than many self-published authors. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Tensai
This was just starting to get interesting and then it ended. I wasn't expecting the end that came and because of it I'm left with more unanswered questions than the story started... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Jessica M. Bush
...and I loved it. So weird, develops quickly, crazy ending, def worth the read. So strange a tale that I told others about it (well, other people like me who really like the... Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Ms Beastle
With 20% of the book left, every other page was in some other language. So for the last fifth of the book I could only read every other page. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by WMC
This book was beyond great- the style reminded me of Marcus Zusak. Very well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down!Published on March 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I normally steer away from short stories. I recognize them as their own form but very few people can do them well and I find that I just get frustrated at the end. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Turns out this was only a sample. But I enjoyed it...kinda got hooked, actually. Either way, not bad. I'm gonna have to find the rest of the book.Published on March 23, 2013 by Nicholas S. George
I was unaware of the existence of the online graphic novel, so understand this is my first encounter with this writer and this world. WOW. Huge, huge wow. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Ruthanne Reid
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