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There is capitalization, indentation used for thought and extreme agitation, and its told in several different ways. It reminds me more of a screenplay format.
The fantasy is okay, but minimal until the story is being written. Still, I enjoyed it. It's more lifelike than anything, and you forget it's supposed to be a fantasy novel. However, I didn't mind because I was learning about something way different than America where I am from. Rs conversion, importance of money, tube wells, bangles, subscriptions, etc.
When the main character started to write his novel though, the way it's presented is changed. It is closer to other stories you would read on Amazon. A little different at first though since you are exploring with the author in the screenplay format for it.
There are several interruptions between the novel and his life. You will also see that escaping into his novel to escape is affecting him too. One minute you are reading along and then it's like...what? What?! When did that happen, did I skip several chapters or something?
You didn't though, and in the next scene you realize the truth. He daydreams. So now, you are wondering what is real and what is illusion?
In the end, don't expect a gigantic epic scene (unless you are refering the novel phantasy.)
The main character of the book has several social issues which prevent him from moving on. Psychological issues that definitely stem from his mother, especially against women. If you are easily offended, this is not a book for you. The author does however make this clear before the story starts several times over.
A big strength of this book is the inner dialogue of the writer as he's writing. He criticizes, encourages, and works through problems in the story out in the open. It's an interesting look into the creative process. The writing style changes dramatically between his book and his own life story, showing the author's ability to switch his technique. It also highlights the ability of people in any situation to dive into writing and potentially change their circumstances.
The book within the book couldn't contrast more with the main story line, which moves things forward quickly once he picks up the pen. It does a great job at breaking up the main story which feels like it's always getting darker. It keeps the reader from getting lost in the anger and desperation of the main character. He is such a strong personality, that he can drain your energy very quickly. The further into the book you get, the more he flies off the handle at anyone around him (including someone handing out fliers). He is responding so intensely because of his general unhappiness with his lot in life. For the reader, at some point you need to see something positive happen. His throwing himself into writing is that positive thing. He has to find something to latch onto and the reader needs that something to by the time he begins. Up until that moment it's become such a dark, tragic tale that it's hard to want to see what happens next.
The concept behind the book is really interesting. The execution could use a little polishing, but I believe a lot of people could enjoy it. The narration of the main story involves some distracting formatting (i.e., a lot of all-caps and italics that make it harder to read), but after a few minutes of reading, you start to ignore that. The other distracting feature is the excessive use of ellipses and exclamation points, but, again, you adjust to that as you read. Really the only thing that slowed me down was the anger of the main character. He gets so lost in fighting everyone around him and you get sucked into those emotions; it can be exhausting. When he finally finds an outlet, you feel an intense sense of relief. But being so affected by a character's emotions shows that the author created a strong character. All in all, I think it's a fascinating idea and definitely worth a read if you want to see a little more about the creative process behind a novel.
I immediately felt for the guy when he wakes up after a sucky night and his mom starts yelling at him. I mean, throughout the book it's like he is in one big nightmare. He starts to write to get out his tensions, issues, and problems going on in his life. I can relate to the main character because sometimes people need to get things off their chest, and that is what he was doing.
I don't want to spoil the book by writing too into it, but I can promise that anyone having a bad day would love to read how this book is written. The emotions are there, you can feel them, see them, and practically touch them.
This book is in first person. The story it's about a guy that is writing his own fantasy book (after his girlfriend dumped him) in a world (made with his own rules) and a creature that is worse than an earthquake. I know some psychologists that recommend people to write to drain their bad energy, I think the background of this book is about a guy that were affected emotionally, so, write to him it was the solution to his problem.
Some words of the book can be difficult to understand, so, the author added in the end of the book a Glossary and some notes with the purpose of understand correctly the book. This is not the best book I ever read but it can be a very interesting option to read something different.