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Sin Paperback – July 13, 2012
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About the Author
A creator of many prize winning short stories and poems, Shaun Allan has written for more years than he would perhaps care to remember. Having once run an online poetry and prose magazine, he has appeared on Sky television to debate, against a major literary agent, the pros and cons of internet publishing as opposed to the more traditional method. Many of his personal experiences and memories are woven into the point of view and sense of humour of Sin, the main character in his best-selling novel of the same name, although he can’t, at this point, teleport. A writer of multiple genres, including horror, humour and children’s fiction, Shaun goes where the Muse takes him – even if that is kicking and screaming. He has written for NBC Universal, Blumhouse, Goosebumps and DC Comics, and regularly holds writing workshops at local schools. Shaun lives with his wife, two daughters, two cats and a dog. Oh and a manic rabbit - white of course. Though his life might, at times, seem crazy, he is not. Honest. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The plot builds much like a solo flight in a first-generation jet climbing to its maximum altitude. Storing kinetic energy on the long ascent for such a moment as with a quick side-push of the stick and a stomp on the rudder, the vessel flips upside down and then the pilot pulls backward on the stick. The jet goes downward into an ever-increasing g-load, pointing earthward and then beginning the long, hard pull back to the horizon, shoulders aching, furrowed brow beaded with sweat, fighting to keep awareness as the heart pumps against the unnatural pressures. Then remarkably, the readers like the pilot discover they are on a course 180 degrees in the opposite direction, at a completely different altitude and with a near placard speed registering on the dial. Yes, we're going somewhere now.
You'll want to read this one.
Bravo, Mr. Allan.
C.D. Sutherland, author of
The Dragoneers: The Chronicles of Susah Book One
Author, Mad Dog House (October 2012)
This novel, I found, was one that is not easy to categorise. It involves a main character who can kill people with the flip of a coin, but is so horrified by the fact that he admits himself to a mental institution, hoping the drugs numb him enough to prevent any more loss of life.
I found the unreal events that unfold to be completely believable, once Sin explains them in his own unique way. The descriptives are humorous and down right honest.
If you want a crazy fun ride of a book, then this is certainly one to pick up!
We start off with a methodical doctor's note, move into a stream of consciousness and morph into what I would consider "traditional" narrative. Shaun's writing style is like a snake shedding its skin. Consider it a metaphor of personal metamorphosis the title character undergoes throughout the book.
As I read Sin, I told a friend of mine about it made me feel. When I uttered the word "unstable" he laughed at me. Now, don't take that as a bad thing; its really not. If anything, its a testament to how Allan can get in your head and make himself at home. The further into normalcy Sin went, the better I felt. The more he uncovered about himself, the less insecure I felt about myself. Its amazing how deeply we dive into book to come out having such strong psychological reactions. Especially a book dealing with paranormal mental instability. There's no other way for me to describe it, as it doesn't seem to fit into the regular literary molds.
The characters themselves are great. There aren't many, which is good for this sort of story I think. It allows for intense descriptions of them, their personalities and evolution as the story itself unfolds. I really can't wait to see what Shaun has in store for us the next round. Guaranteed it will be a fantastic ride.
The book is a thrill ride from the first page to the last, taking the reader on twists and turns that has you questioning not only what is good and what is evil, but what is real and what is in our heads as well.
This is a must read, from every flip and every catch. Sin is sinfully delightful. Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.
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