- File Size: 3158 KB
- Print Length: 51 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 6, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RY63K5K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,375,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Love Octopus Transformation Kindle Edition
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So what is it?
It’s hard to pin down. Structurally it follows the choose-your-own-adventure format but in a psychological sense it is much heavier, sort of like what you’d imagine Kafka’s first draft of Metamorphosis would be as the story takes the reader from human form to that of an octopus. Passages that describe the use of ink, beak, tentacle and (massive) eye are rich in detail and bespeak copious thought and research. Because of that depth you get the feeling that Duncan is weaving the allegorical with the autobiographical; passages about making the transition from human to octopus could just as easily apply to the challenges inherent to moving from one stage in life to another or from one social circle to another.
I’m also curious about the author’s use of a gender-neutral pen-name. The Andre Nortons and C.J. Cherryhs of the publishing world will tell you that at one time it was almost impossible for a female writer to get speculative fiction in print so it was necessary for women word-crunchers to adopt a masculine sounding name but research over the last few decades has revealed that the majority of science fiction and fantasy readers are soccer moms exploring the galaxy during the rinse cycle or defeating dragons while waiting in the school pick-up line. Is this extra step of removal a holdover from older publishing practices or an effort to add an additional sense of disconnect to the reader?
Assigning a numerical score is hard with Love Octopus Transformation. I prefer to read books that entertain or inform and avoid psychologically heavy works. However I do appreciate work with depth that has been cleverly added. If this story is in fact an allegorical/autobiographical treatment of a change in life then using the choose-your-own-adventure format is clever with a capital “C”.
I’m tempted to max-out the rating but there are just a few things that nudge the book into four star territory rather than a five star state. It brings to mind a design teacher of mine years ago who'd say (during a critique) " I want you to strive for an "A" but I'm giving you a "B". Dropping something as heavy as this into the young reader market is a bit confusing and there are a few structure and grammar problems, but all things considered Love Octopus Transformation is a thought-provoking, interesting book and L.E. Duncan is a new writer to watch who will soon be consistently putting out five-star work.
Never will you find a more inspiring depiction of octopus-human-hybrid love in a Choose Your Own Adventure story.
Honestly, this is hilarious. One of the best lunch time reads I've had in a long time.