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Suicide in Tiny Increments: A Tragic Comedy Paperback – June 25, 2014
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About the Author
Armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words. Maybe it is because she learned to read and write in her second language before she learned to do the same in her first. Maybe it is because she was raised a missionary’s daughter at the same time that she was taught to question everything. Maybe there are a whole lot of reasons. Either way, her fascination with mental illness and human interaction is weaved into fiction with a language that is at times caressed and loved, at others beaten into submission. A long- time resident of the Pacific Northwest, Polcastro aims to join the ranks of great Oregon writers. www.riyaannepolcastro.com
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For me it was quite simply the main character. He was too blah. A guy who hated his life enough to want to kill himself. Okay. But what? There are loads of characters like this why is he so different. I just didn't feel his pain, wasn't rooting for him to find himself and the will to live. Daniel's life was a tad bit too pathetic for me to connect with. Okay that's not true. I've fallen in love with characters way more disturbingly depressive. His depressiveness was just too blah.
The plot flows well, a bit slow but well all the same. And for someone so desperate for love and having two female best friends it's a mystery to me why he wouldn't even make one of those, if i get to this age and I'm single and depressed we should get married pacts and actually follow through on it. I"m sure he did make such a pact with one of them. It's just everyone is so depressed and it's supposed to be so depressing it's funny, hence tragic comedy. Yet I only had a few laughs. And you could see the humor. It's there, that kind of dark you know you shouldn't be laughing at it humor, accept it never quite steps over into outrageous dark/taboo hilarity. It kind of borders on chuckling with a spurt here and there of tear watering humor.
The writing, well nothing to say there. I actually think it's an excellently written book. Descriptions are great. No problems following it. Just good all around but again just didn't live up to expectations. I actually don't have much more to say accept the ending, once the whole suicide finally gets into motion was just a bit too ridiculous to buy into and not ridiculous enough for me to laugh at. And the one real death I saw coming a mile away. This book had all the makings of awesome yet seemed to get lost in the seas of mediocre.
Basically for me it was the characters. I'm a character guy and even as well written and described and perfectly laid out as they were, they were all just blah. Even the hit-man didn't quite make it into the oh I really like you category. I was just annoyed by them all mostly and found myself screaming 'just get on with it' a lot. Waiting for someone to just die, no one did.
Still it was a well written book if not funny enough, tragic enough, or interesting enough to keep me wanting to read it. I say give it a shot all the same. Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe it is a brilliant piece of dark humor. A literary force to be reckoned with. But me I still say it was on it's way to greatness but took a wrong turn onto averageville with a side of whacky disappointing ending.
I loved the author’s take no prisoners writing. This novel was a product of wit, twisted humor, and bold descriptive skills. An entertaining read from start to finish. Seriously, with the right actors to play the part of the sick, sad—but certainly intriguing-- characters, I can easily see this as a satisfying tragicomedy film.
Suicide by Tiny Increments is like a roller coaster ride. At first it seems like too much, but as you continue reading, you enjoy the ride. At no point did this book lose its edge. I'm definitely looking forward to her next books. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review and I'm glad I was selected because this book is awesome.
5/5 Would definitely recommend.