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Skin Cage Paperback – January 17, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Since Danny’s story is told in the first person narrative, and since Nico Leaser is an excellent storyteller, I found it frighteningly easy to imagine what it was like to be trapped in a helpless body incapable of even the most basic communication. For this reason, I found reading the first part of this book very uncomfortable -- which was a good thing. It only made me realize how insignificant my own problems were. Yet as Danny found his way out of his skin cage, the story became more adventurous and full of hope.
One of the themes of this book was becoming someone else. I could see this idea on many levels. Not only did I as a reader have a chance to become Danny for a brief moment, but Danny also became someone else more than once. Sometimes it was quite literal and involuntary, but at other times he just tried to empathize with someone who was even less fortunate than he was. The story made me realize that we’ re all trapped in our skin cages to an extent, though most of us are lucky to be able to communicate. Sometimes the only way out may be to enter another skin cage. To me personally, this message has a deep symbolic meaning of connection and empathy as the way of our own liberation.
The book has a powerful ending that provokes many deep questions.
The story is intriguing, and I read more quickly as I delved deeper into it. Normally I detest first person/present tense work, I usually find it distracting. In this book, the first person sucked me in like a vacuum. Some scenes are heart breaking, others sad. Much of it will leave you intrigued and hoping. None of it will leave you wanting.
I love when I find gems in the Indie writer sector, and this writer is truly in a class of his own – beautifully written prose and a highly original story.
Skin Cage is the masterfully crafted perspective of someone who has locked in syndrome; and considering this is quite a daring subject to attempt, the writer manages to hold the reader’s attention throughout, and I can honestly say I was riveted to the last page, which as it happens leads to an intriguing and satisfying conclusion – highly recommend this book!
For a short text, Nico really managed to create a dynamic environment. Within the first chapter we are introduced to four very different characters (two of whom are very deep and one is intriguing for being a complete jerk). The protagonist, Daniel, fights for a sense of identity throughout the text. Nico did a great job differentiating how the world sees him, and how he sees himself. Even with the small details like the name (what he calls himself and what the characters around the protagonist call him). It created a unique conflict because the entire time Daniel was so close to saying the things he wanted to say, and being the person he wanted to be, but just physically could not do it.
I really do not want to give anything away because it is definitely a must read. All I will say is that you will feel every emotion imaginable while reading this text, and I really really hate a certain male caretaker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nico Laeser gave me something else to be afraid of.
In Skin Cage, we are introduced to a young man named Daniel Stockholm--an unfortunate individual who, at the age of... Read more
I steered away from this title for quite some time, how could one write a riveting novel centred on the thoughts of a young man suffering from some kind of locked in syndrome, what... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Anthony Randall
Wow, what a touching story. I'm so moved, I'm not even sure how to begin. Perhaps, it's the fact that I have a mentally challenged sister who can't communicate very well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by l2read
Imagine being trapped inside yourself, a human shell, unable to speak or move. Yet you hear what others say, experience deep emotions and horrific physical pain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne Francis Scott
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Two different people recommended this book to me. Read more
When I finished this book, I was tempted to go back and read it all over again, as it was so engaging that I didn't want it to end. Read morePublished 3 months ago by barbara
I was enthralled by Skin Cage, the first book I read from Nico Laeser. The concept was unique ( I love this genre type) and I immediately connected with the main character. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nico Laeser paints a highly detailed picture of what it’s like to be in a coma with no way of communicating with the people around you. Yet it’s much more complex than that. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Lalonde
This is the most original story I have read in a long time. The main character is in an horrific situation that you just want him to get out of, somehow. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angela