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CONTRARION

Great Potential… Exceptional First-Person Narrative

By Scott Scherr, author of Don't Feed The Dark

Jun 1, 2016: Contrarian starts with the disconnected ramblings of Carson Cotterill, a man who “lived past the end of the world”. From what I’ve gleamed so far from the few journal entries that are currently available, there appears to have been some sort of alien invasion which has affected the people and the planet in very unusual ways.

Carson is in conflict with forces that are at work across the planet and within himself.

The more I read this story the more I felt like I was slipping into the strange rabbit hole of Carson’s psyche, where it is difficult to discern whether the events which are loosely described are actually occurring . . . or if it’s all in Carson’s head. For me, I found that very compelling.

On the plus side, this author’s first-person narrative is exceptional, bringing the many facets of Carson’s personality to life. Sometimes Carson is a madman, a philosopher, comedian, and then sometimes he is something else entirely. The narrative is full of wit, sarcasm and imagery that just adds layers to this character, which I found engaging. I even laughed out loud once or twice.

On the critical side, the story of Contrarian is hard to pin down (albeit, it’s still early on) but sometimes Carson’s overpowering persona gets in the way, especially when stream-of-consciousness-like tangents take over, causing you to focus on Carson once more, detracting from the bigger picture . . . whatever that is. Also, there is a lack of character interaction so far, which, if remedied, could add a whole new perspective into Carson as well as the state of this world.

Overall, I believe Contrarian is either a string of various well-written ramblings with no clear story path, in which case, this story could potentially fail, or, it is a well thought out tale in which the author has chosen to carefully conceal and reveal when he is ready to do so. I’m putting my faith in this one and choosing to believe in the latter.

If nothing else, Contrarian is definitely worth previewing (you can read what’s written in thirty minutes or less) and discovering how well-done first-person narratives are supposed to look, and there are numerous ‘gem’ sentences found throughout.

It’s hard to rate something so early in development, but I’m going to give it a solid three stars based on the writing alone. Should the story continue and reveal itself, or flop, I will adjust my rating accordingly.

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CONTRARION

Great Potential… Exceptional First-Person Narrative

By Scott Scherr, author of Don't Feed The Dark

Jun 1, 2016: Contrarian starts with the disconnected ramblings of Carson Cotterill, a man who “lived past the end of the world”. From what I’ve gleamed so far from the few journal entries that are currently available, there appears to have been some sort of alien invasion which has affected the people and the planet in very unusual ways.

Carson is in conflict with forces that are at work across the planet and within himself.

The more I read this story the more I felt like I was slipping into the strange rabbit hole of Carson’s psyche, where it is difficult to discern whether the events which are loosely described are actually occurring . . . or if it’s all in Carson’s head. For me, I found that very compelling.

On the plus side, this author’s first-person narrative is exceptional, bringing the many facets of Carson’s personality to life. Sometimes Carson is a madman, a philosopher, comedian, and then sometimes he is something else entirely. The narrative is full of wit, sarcasm and imagery that just adds layers to this character, which I found engaging. I even laughed out loud once or twice.

On the critical side, the story of Contrarian is hard to pin down (albeit, it’s still early on) but sometimes Carson’s overpowering persona gets in the way, especially when stream-of-consciousness-like tangents take over, causing you to focus on Carson once more, detracting from the bigger picture . . . whatever that is. Also, there is a lack of character interaction so far, which, if remedied, could add a whole new perspective into Carson as well as the state of this world.

Overall, I believe Contrarian is either a string of various well-written ramblings with no clear story path, in which case, this story could potentially fail, or, it is a well thought out tale in which the author has chosen to carefully conceal and reveal when he is ready to do so. I’m putting my faith in this one and choosing to believe in the latter.

If nothing else, Contrarian is definitely worth previewing (you can read what’s written in thirty minutes or less) and discovering how well-done first-person narratives are supposed to look, and there are numerous ‘gem’ sentences found throughout.

It’s hard to rate something so early in development, but I’m going to give it a solid three stars based on the writing alone. Should the story continue and reveal itself, or flop, I will adjust my rating accordingly.

4 of 4 members found this review helpful.
Help us improve!  Request an invite or log in to rate this review.

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