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Hollowstone Paperback – June 2, 2011

2.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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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Although I was originally excited to see a YA novel with a POC as a protagonist, Hollowstone ultimately left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Misogynistic themes aside (because I feel other reviewers have hit on that point thoroughly), this is a poorly paced book that tries to fit in too many genres (mobsters! angels! demons! murder mystery! etc.), is packed with unlikable characters, and is dire need of some kind of editing. I find it hard to believe the author even reread and thoroughly edited this book; it's full of typos, misused words, and research failures. This is a good example of new writers needing to stick to what they know or can easily study - don't write about a musical prodigy if you are unfamiliar with basic musical terms (i.e. musical theory), and don't make your self-insert gifted poets if your own poetry is without rhythm and completely lacking in grace. This book was not ready for publication, and this is why vanity publishing isn't a good idea.
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There was a lot of hype about this book in certain circles pre-publication, and I was one of those who were really looking forward to getting their hands on it. The characters sounded fantastic and it was great to see a main character who was a POC. Doesn't happen often enough.

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.
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If I could give it zero stars, I would. There is fanfic better than this, and with less obvious self-inserts. If you hate grammar but love virulent misogyny, this is the book for you!

Otherwise, don't waste your time or money.
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I won't comment on the misogyny inherent in the book, but I will comment on the author's own misogyny, as I've reviewed the book itself elsewhere ([...])

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.
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Misogynistic. Poorly written. The stereotypes are thick enough to choke on. And did I mention that it's written terribly? I did? Good. Because it is written badly enough that, if it weren't so disgustingly misogynistic, I might laugh.
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(Edit: I'm reviewing the digital Kindle version, not the paperback. I'm not sure how to change that on Amazon reviews.)

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.
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