- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463504373
- ISBN-13: 978-1463504373
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,137,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hollowstone Paperback – June 2, 2011
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And the characters are great. They're well-rounded and likable and almost enough to keep you reading past the terrible writing. Almost. I'll freely concede that I'm a nitpicker who twitched with every grammatical error and misuse of punctuation, but I kept reading until I was past the halfway mark in the hopes that the plot would carry me through. It didn't. The Satanic-esque evil of the bad guys is ridiculously predictable - place it in the midst of a high school and you have the recipe for a B-grade horror movie - and the writing style is jerky, stopping and starting every few pages. Most of the dialogue is terrible, with run on sentences that would require a breath or two given no punctuation at all detracting from what the characters are actually saying.
In short, while the issues of racism and prejudice are handled in a very eye-opening and realistic way, they're the only things that are. Hollowstone reads like a bad nano novel, and no matter how much you may want to enjoy it, the writing just won't let you.
Otherwise, don't waste your time or money.
Mr. Upkins believes all prejudices gay men and men of color face are the fault of white women (and women in general, but mostly white women), so it's no wonder he's gotten women bloggers and reviews of his book, Hollowstone, banned under 'copyright infringement' and DMCA notices.
Because people dared to criticize his book for the gender existentialist, sexist piece it is, his sycophants have commented with all kinds of comments, including rape trolling. His false, manipulative whining led to the suspension of entries detailing his history of offensive statements in Livejournal as well. I've been harassed by his sycophants myself, but as a woman of color, I have no problems calling out Mr. Upkins on his self-serving hypocrisy.
Mr. Upkins, please don't write another book until you improve your mastery of the English language, as well as acquire some integrity as a writer, because banning negative criticism of your piece by getting women bloggers banned and balancing out negative criticisms by getting your friends and yourself to write five star reviews under sock accounts will spell disaster for your career as a proper writer and a bastion of social justice.
I had this book recommended to me as a good example of a non-white protagonist, so I had high hopes. I don't know what went wrong, but I am shocked to see that a book of this quality was put out by an e-pub, and not self-published. There were numerous grammar errors within the first fifty pages (I stopped afterwards. I read all I could stomach). There are entire sections -- nearly four pages at one point -- which is pure back and forth conversation: no dialogue tags, no actions from either character to break it up, just straight talk. And this was to introduce one of the main characters!
Although this book was written in first person POV, the reader is rarely allowed access to the protagonist's inner thoughts. This is accomplished by way of long, long, (agonizingly long) dialogue blocks. There is little room for character reactions, leaving everything implied by speech. This does not make for a riveting read. For example in the prologue the protag sees his friend's ghost at his funeral. This treated with such blasé non-reaction that I wondered if the character commonly saw ghosts. Maybe he does, but it wasn't mentioned again in the first fifty pages so I doubt it.
Where the writing wasn't flat, it was ugly. There was one point where the protagonist's friend casually refers to two girls he had in a hot tub recently as "skanks". Literally the next line, the protagonist laughs at the description and then mentions he hates being profiled (for the color of his skin). So racism = bad, but profiling women for daring to have sex = a'okay? This was presented without a hint of irony, by the way.Read more ›
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I put this book in my shopping cart because of TEH DRAMA on the internet, then forgot about it for, like, six months. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Michelle
Engaging story, interesting characters, spooky plot elements, and LGBTQ characters treated like real people - this is exactly the sort of story I would have loved to see when I was... Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by L. Parker
The worst thing I can say about this is that it reads more like two sequential novellas than one novel. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Beth QQQ
Some of the other reviews, well, take them with a pinch of salt. I'm sure I don't understand the mentality of people who give money to a person they hate by buying his book. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Lisa M. Harrison
Good first effort. Author trys hard to combine several genres--supernatural, straight mystery and young adult and mostly succeeds. Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by springfield40
Some authors write books while others give birth to them.
Mr. Dennis Upkins is the father of one such literary work, and he should be quite... Read more
I started out very skeptical of this book. If you look at some of the other reviews, you'd see why. Plus, skepticism is my default state. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by R. Taylor
I liked the book, and spent a good week on it. Some parts i felt unconfused on but the other parts balanced it out. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by J. Nelums