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The Events of this Story are True, Apparently

By Megajoule, author of The Warlock Ruthless

May 30, 2018: Note: This is part of a review swap, but I endeavor to be honest nonetheless.

My first impression of Tomorrow Girl in Bismark was shaky. There are some grammatical and structural issues that initially turned me off the story, but I powered through thanks to some very funny turns of phrases, and I realized what I’d initially taken for issues seemed to be a purposeful play at surrealism.

The surrealism is not always perfectly executed, and there were legitimate structural problems early on, but there were also some moments that are viscerally similar to the dream-like haze of Twin Peaks (which another reviewer brought up – after having read Tomorrow Girl a bit more than the intro, I have to say the comparison is far and appropriate.)

The central idea is that Joss (Tomorrow Girl) is sent from her very dreamy White Lodge esque universe of superheroes to one similar to ours, where she will be the first and only superhero. In that way, it’s a sort of reverse portal fantasy, a unique flipping of a popular formula we’ve seen time and time again. It’s got a veneer of old school sci fi ala the Day the Earth Stood Still that benefits from the strange blend of Lynchian influence. There’s a repeated mantra on almost every chapter: The events of this story are true. It occurred in North Dakota in 2010. The names have been changed to protect the victims. Everything else has been told exactly as it happened.

All in all, an intriguing little puzzle that’s hindered by some of the writing errors. It’s hard to tell what’s mystery and what’s not well executed, especially at the first. There are some lines that made me laugh, though, and that kept me going through the very rough first chapter. There are also some poignant observations and phrases I liked, and the idea of being a total outsider in a universe unfamiliar to you is one most of us can relate to on some level or another.

If you aren’t a huge fan of surreal, dream-like writing, I’d say give this one a pass. But, if you really like David Lynch’s works (which I admittedly do, especially Twin Peaks), there’s something very charming and familiar about Tomorrow Girl.

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