my favorite review is actually for one of my novellas, rather than my full length books - this is for Flies for the Mayans (a novella) . Given the subject of the novella is about God and religion - I find this is one of the most interesting reviews I've ever had, from a very thoughtful reviewer, who clearly doesn't agree with everything the novella says.
-----------------A THOUGHTFUL PIECE
It is rather rare, amidst all the books meant to draw in readers by having as little meaning as possible, to find such a headstrong parable filled with hints and subtle nudges towards an over-riding philosophy as brutally harsh as in Flies for the Mayans. The story of God tiring of his work, of being overwhelmed by his own creation, of attempting to escape the pain he created, is certainly a powerful tale, even if I can't help but disagree with all it is attempting to say. Disagreement means nothing when faced with gut-wrenching questions and honest doubt, and can only be met with a friendly handshake and a stiff drink.
It is obvious Mr. Fraser has great talent, and the heaven he creates in so short of space is filled with metaphorical possibilities. Analogies are drawn quickly but with solid intent, and the thought behind them carries the novella beyond most books five times its size. The only shortfalls are the times when vulgarity and sex is used without such intentionality, leaving a few scenes feeling hollowly dirty, not bitingly satirical as is achieved throughout the majority of scenes. The ending is brilliantly written, and truly shows that Mr. Fraser both cares for and is intensely knowledgeable about that which he criticizes.
I will certainly be working through the rest of his works, and hope he can channel his sharp wit into even tighter pieces in the future.
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