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10 by MedleyMisty

Do you always do what you're supposed to? 

Seth Morrigan is kind of a loner. He has his herb garden, his alchemy, his experiments and tinctures. These are enough.

Until he is beaten up by bullies. Until Caitlyn Wilson takes an interest in him. Until cracks begin to show in the perfection of time and space.


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Listed: Sep 12, 2010

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Editor’s First Impression

By Linda Schoales, editor

Sep 11, 2010: The first chapter is very focussed. Seth is focussing very hard on the white sink and the tiles on the floor as he tries to endure getting beaten up in the boy’s bathroom. You get the feeling this has happened before and will again. Somehow, his almost-clinical detachment doesn’t make it much easier to read about.

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Portrait of an Outcast

By LondonIvy, member

Sep 9, 2011: The story starts out violently, but is written in a distant style. The main character focuses on the tile, the bathroom sink rather than those who are beating him up. He has the detachment of someone who absolutely must separate themselves from the world to maintain an image of sanity.

The prose purposefully reveals nothing about the main character. Much of what the reader knows—or thinks they know—is inferred from the events and dialogue happening around him. Even the things Seth, the main character, says reveal nothing about him except that he will say anything to maintain his detachment, even lie to people’s faces.

This is a wonderful portrait of a true societal outcast. Did society make him outcast or did he outcast himself? What came first the world abandoning Seth or Seth abandoning the world? A story to read if for nothing else but show what depth writing can breathe into what seems to be a fairly standard plot: young, intelligent nerd is picked on by everyone. The fact it becomes more than just a silly teen movie type of story bespeaks of the author’s skill.

Overall: I liked it. A lot. I thought it was beautifully and skillfully written and hope the author addresses the issues raised in their future updates.

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