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Trade: A Novelette Paperback – February 14, 2013

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About the Author

The BBC Writersroom describe Lochlan Bloom's writing as 'unsettling and compelling... vivid, taut and grimly effective work'. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog. For more details visit: http://lochlanbloom.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484186397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484186398
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Lochlan Bloom lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog. He is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and has written for BBC Radio Scotland, H+ Magazine , Ironbox Films and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers' Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others.

The BBC Writersroom describe his writing as 'unsettling and compelling... vivid, taut and grimly effective work'. He currently has a feature length script in production with Porcelain Film. His novella, Trade, is out now.

For more details visit www.lochlanbloom.com.

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Trade is a dystopian novella set in the near future. It's an extremely engaging, captivating read that is eerily prescient. Mr. Bloom's style is compelling, fresh and literary. The quality of the prose takes an interesting premise and elevates it to an entirely different level. This is a book that I will recommend to all of my friends. I definitely look forward to reading more by Mr. Bloom.
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Lochlan Bloom's `Trade' is a compelling, unsettling sexually charged tale about the here and now: a story that feels so near you can't help but wonder if it's not happening already.

Right in the first page, I glean some genetic strands of `Trainspotting'--except the narrator is talking about mobile apps, about making that one, big shot at success, about capitalizing on man's age-old business: sex. The main character is involved in a social media company operating out of Germany, and their greatest product is an app called Xchange, whose purpose is to make it convenient for users to find consenting sexual partners. But the catch: it all comes to a point when the very success of the app means the narrator might be losing his girlfriend--and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Lochlan Bloom is a terrific writer--he writes in an uncanny way that reminds you of that same voice in your head, that voice that tells you you're about to mess up, but is powerless about the ensuing drama just the same. The writing's snappy, delivered in just the right contemporary cadence that makes you feel like you're listening to a friend's confession. And most importantly, there is that sublime depth to it all--a gravitas that you cannot exactly point at with a finger, but it's there and you feel it just the same.

Overall, this is a thought-provoking what-if--a story that is sordid in actuality, but told in an antiseptic, I'm-beyond-it-all tone that only succeeds in emphasizing its gravity. Five stars, no less.
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The future is a difficult place to write about, as you never know how fast it's going to get here. "Trade" could happen next week. I'm not sure dystopian is the right word for it. The idea that data could be used to get to the bottom of a potential partners needs and desires seems not only possibly, but likely, as in next week. And there is like no stopping it. How LizbetA got her position could have been explained more imaginatively. Yes, first in is always a factor, but there was a lot of room her for exploration that wasn't taken advantage of. Why not be fanciful when everything else is so possible and true?
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This book reminded me of that movie "The Social Network" but with a very different outcome... What scared me the most was the idea that this could actually take place in the not too distant future.
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