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The book chiefly tracks two compelling characters, Milo and Roan through everyday London as they try to make their way: Milo as a dissatisfied call center worker soliciting business for a local eye doctor; and Roan, a struggling performance artist who stands for ten hours a day on London street corners dressed in a suit of armor.
We follow both young men as they struggle along, Milo through heavy ingestion of a white, milky drug called Tiptoe, and Roan through a tortured, daily examination of his art and how it might be changing him.
The author paints rich word portraits of his characters, once saying of Roan that "Humour had become a peculiar thing to him. In recent months he had watched the world ever more intently, searching for it." Indeed, Roan finds nothing funny about his existence, the world's situation, or even his friends—including Pepper, a quirky street magician who sells flaming wallets, among other things.
Milo, however, is arguably the most central character and is chronically bereft of direction. He goes each night to a club where he drinks Tiptoe and gyrates to the music and lasers, mostly dancing with himself or, occasionally, with the girls he picks up. These encounters should be a bright spot for Milo, but his depression robs him of any pleasure from the heated unions.
And, of course, there's one other little detail that stands between him and happiness: Milo's married to Ivy, an elementary grade schoolteacher with an inordinately giant heart for her students. To complicate matters, he disappears regularly for days on end, sleeping in seedy walkup lodgings. This singular habit eventually leads to friction with Ivy, who has friction of her own from her younger sister, Ruth, who "wore a thin, braided headband and a sleeveless top to show off the tattoo she regretted."
While there is no plot, per se, to the book, it is enough to be carried along on O'Connor's wonderful writing style, which is direct and, again, refreshingly full of satisfying description. Of one man in a story being told to a child about knights chasing dragons, he says, "One day, when (the knight's) face was thick with frowns and whiskers, he reached the ends of the earth."
And another laudable turn of phrase: "As he handed over the whisky, he inspected Milo, from his missing shirt buttons to his wired pupils." And yet one more: "Months passed, and he began to wonder what would be the most appropriate way, if he were to go mad."
Needless to say, I liked Tiptoe very much and look forward to O'Connor's next literary endeavor. I hope it won't be long.
Best case scenario he struggles with his issues.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written very bizarre mystical book. It wasn’t very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. I truly felt I really did not underhand the story content. Read it twice. So I will have to rate it at 3/5 stars.
Thank you for the free Story Cartel; PDF book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
I’m a traditionalist. When I write, when I facilitate writing workshops, and when I critique I’m looking for the basics - goal, motivation and conflict to establish the story. I like it right near the beginning and associated with a strong, sympathetic protagonist. That let’s me know what the story is about - what the protagonist wants, why they want it, and what’s preventing them from getting it.
I can then decide if the work is worth my time.
I just finished Tiptoe by Kit O’Conor and I have no idea what was going on.
The author’s job is primarily to entertain, secondarily to enlighten – it’s never to frustrate the reader or try to illustrate how clever they are by being purposely vague. Reading a novel is not a test or a quiz show.
Tiptoe has no protagonist so there can be no goal, motivation or conflict. It has no cohesive plot. It does have well defined characters but not one is likable – nobody this reader could care about or get behind.
There’s Roan, a street performer who’s gone crazy because his wife left him (or died or he killed her, I never could figure out which) and now performs as a statue of a knight in full armour in public places. He does other weird stuff as well.
Pepper is a street magician who’s Roan’s friend and mentor though what he mentor’s Roan in is never really explained nor is the basis of their friendship.
There’s Milo, a conflicted young man who drinks, takes “Tiptoe” which is some sort of mood altering drug along the lines of Ecstasy, goes to raves and seems dissatisfied with everything including his job at a call centre and his school teacher wife, Ivey.
There’s Ivey, Milo’s wife, an elementary school teacher who’s a victim of every relationship she’s been in including her marriage and now with one of her grade school students.
Carne’s her student, who’s really not a little boy but a grown man in a little boy’s body.
All these characters indulge in random reflections and ridiculous actions that lack relevance and motivation.
Because the transitions between chapters are non-existent in Tiptoe I continually kept scrolling back thinking I maybe missed a couple of pages. Then I thought perhaps O’Conor was writing one of those trendy novels with disparate story lines that finally cleverly converge.
This never happens in Tiptoe. Nothing converges, nothing relates, nothing makes sense.
Writing never trumps story and the foundation of every story are the basics.
If you’re a novelist, especially if you’re a new novelist, present your GMC early and make it intense. You’ll also want to introduce your main character at the same time. If you mess with this formula you’re either a literary genius or you think you’re one.
I received this book free from StoryCartel in exchange for an honest review and as part of my ongoing commitment to review the work of new, self-published authors.
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