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Detritus in Love Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B01M0I3DQX
- Publisher : Omnium Gatherum; First edition (October 3, 2016)
- Publication date : October 3, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 215 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 61 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 099797172X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,869 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m here to talk about another story that gave me all the feels. I’ve been stuck in a serious reading rut, and figured that some comfort reads might help. As I scanned my TBR stacks for unread books by favorite authors, I came across this gem of a novella.
If you’ve read work from both authors, then you know that they both excel at this: creating stories which marry the macabre and drab parts of life to those that are beautiful and wondrous. When it comes to books, music, and film, there are few things I find more enticing than a piece of art deliciously dark and haunting, yet soft around the edges. I liken the feeling to being in an abandoned building—there’s something beautiful about the chaos and ruin, and maybe a bit of light creeping among the shadows.
Every piece of fiction I’ve read so far from Boden and Yardley fits this mold. I was not at all surprised to discover that the authors’ voices blended well throughout this story. I adored the figurative language used and found myself reading numerous sentences two or three times in a row to savor the beauty of the words. There are so many quotable lines that beg to be read again, and the sensory experience is strong. I couldn’t always tell who was writing, but I did find several mentions of band t shirts that I’m sure were the work of Boden, and each instance made me smile. The characters are a standout feature in this story. Whenever I find myself empathizing with the protagonist within mere pages, I know I’ve found something special. But it’s not just Det’s story that resonates—I found something to love about his best friend and his love interest as well. The dark characters in this story, both human and supernatural, also left a permanent mark on my mind.
This novella is a short read at under 60 pages, but it packs an emotional punch. If you love a story that will creep you out, possibly break your heart, and leave you with an unsettling book hangover, pick up a copy of Detritus in Love.
DETRITUS IN LOVE, by Mercedes M. Yardley, and John Boden is a "love" story--and yet, it is not. There is love, but the love is for--and of--those that should not be. Unfortunately, in order to "balance" this, an entity known only as "The Opposite", paints sadness, evil, heartache, and misery all around the rest of Detritus' life. There's an entire array of emotions that the reader will go through on this journey.
There is no doubt that Detritus has had--and will continue to have--a difficult life. One time he liked the sound of his name, so he looked it up . . .
"Detritus: the remains of something that had been destroyed. She had named him as a reminder of what he had done to her and the life she had been assembling for herself."
That was just his mother. There were far worse things that this "magically gifted" child would have to contend with. During one of his many home "accidents", he encounters the ghost of a man who explains the purpose that Det has been meant to fulfill.
". . . You will see great things and do great things and for every good thing you do, The Opposite will paint a matching work with tragedy and screaming. He uses very broad strokes . . . "
Not exactly the kind of "pep talk" a boy in Det's situation needs to hear.
Still, with Yardley's astonishingly beautiful and poetic prose, we are swept along with Detritus and his two friends--both ghosts--Schultz and Blank. Life, and even death, is not as solid in this world where the two intermingle. There are still emotions, fantasies, desires, and the inevitable truths that apply to them all.
". . . She closed her eyes and waited . . . Monsters still come, even if you can't see them . . . "
This journey that we take with Det is not necessarily a pleasant one at all times, but it is one I wouldn't have missed for the anything. In a world where fantasy, horror, friendship, and magic collide, your emotions will join them without hesitation.
"No is the loudest and longest word in existence."
This is one story I wished I could have stayed in, indefinitely. Brilliant characters, settings, and captivating lessons--is there anything more you could want from a book?