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9th-Jan-2006 08:06 pm
That's right. I find myself utterly without anything of substance to say or even much desire for interpersonal communication. Curling up in bed snug as a bug in a rug with my electric blanket and a nice pile of books is looking like one of the most appealing things in the world right now.

Anyway, here's another informal book review (written earlier). If you're feeling bored, take a guess at what that is on the cover... (Hard to believe that this was once a book sold in bookstores everywhere. >_< )

Heim, Scott. In Awe. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Summary: The orphan teen Boris has been befriended by Susan and the mother of Susan's now-deceased friend Marshall, Harriet. Set in a rural Kansas backdrop of serial murders, the trio is tormented by boys in Boris's high school (including Rex, the object of Boris's crush)--but when they cross the line and hurt Boris, Susan plans revenge. Revenge, however, goes horribly wrong, and all three boy die in a car accident. Boris finally gets his moment with Rex, but it's with Rex's dead body.
Comments: *coughs* Well, if you thought Mysterious Skin's cover of two spoons lying together amidst Froot Loop debris was disturbing in light of that novel's storyline, well, take a close gander at the cover of Heim's second novel. (If you can't guess what that is, you probably don't want to know.) Though there are still token pedophilia and fisting kinks here as well, Heim has for the most part kicked that habit and plunged head-first into full-blown necrophilia. Wayne, Ellis, and Rex fantasize about mutilating the women they sleep with, and, really, Boris's whole "March of the Zombies" story that he is writing, along with his fantasy of revenge for the injustices done to him and his friends, is little better. Otherwise, though, this novel covers painfully small amounts of territory amidst lengthy character explications and is even littered with short stories/novel fragments written by each of the three characters, and, though the childhood experiences of both Boris and Susan seem most genuine, particularly in the intensity of their emotions, crushes, and desires, Harriet's personality never really becomes clear, even after half-hearted attempts to sustain portions of the narrative from her point of view. No surprise that; the author is young and is probably not in a position to write in the voice of a sixty-year-old widow who has survived both her husband and only son...even if perchance he does happen to be acquainted with one. All in all, the novel wasn't bad per se, but it failed to win me over in its overwrought "awe" of the passions of youth.
Notes: hardcover, 1st edition, out-of-print
Rating: 5/10 - While this novel might appeal to those who enjoy character studies and "better" thrillers, I found little to truly delight in here.
10th-Jan-2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Boris finally gets his moment with Rex, but it's with Rex's dead body.

Likes his guys REALLY submissive does he? ^^;;;;
10th-Jan-2006 01:17 am (UTC)
It was actually some serious puppy-love on Boris's part. He even fantasized about being fisted Rex at one point (this author apparently likes that image >_< ). So, actually, Boris was the submissive one, if you want to look at it that way...

Any guesses on what the cover image depicts? ^^;;;;;;;
10th-Jan-2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Kind of hard to make out, but it does look somewhat dildoesque ^^;;
10th-Jan-2006 02:13 am (UTC)
It looksl ike a test tube to me. Capped, and turned upside down. But why on earth a test tube would have the words "in awe" printed on it, I can't fathom, so it's probably not one.
10th-Jan-2006 02:24 am (UTC)
Actually, you're right. It IS a test tube...but it's what is in it and the story behind that that constitutes the really gross-out part. (Now if that's not a great big clue...)
10th-Jan-2006 02:30 am (UTC)
What's in it must be urine. Now I'm a little afraid to ask for the story behind it.
10th-Jan-2006 02:27 am (UTC)
It looks like some sort of specimen collection container to me. Maybe semen, or urine?
10th-Jan-2006 02:29 am (UTC)
I need to get myself to read this much. I have to get myself off of LJ every once in awhile. I should be learning Russian (haven't gotten past the first lesson) or guitar (never got too far with that either).
10th-Jan-2006 02:33 am (UTC)
You were right about the cover. It's a test tube half-full of urine. >_< Amazing what they'll put on the covers of books as long as it looks "artistic."

I should be learning Russian (haven't gotten past the first lesson) or guitar (never got too far with that either).

*curious* Why Russian and guitar in particular?
10th-Jan-2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Well, I think everyone wants to learn guitar :) I'm a rock and roll guy.

As for Russian, I'm a masochist and figured French or Spanish weren't hard enough.
10th-Jan-2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
That better not be what I think it is on the cover...
10th-Jan-2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
And what, pray tell, did you think? XD
10th-Jan-2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
One of those containers that store semen or urine and are very "conveniently" into the poor sub/uke's behind?^^

You know, I think from on I'm going to not look at any of your posts until I've finished eating/drinking. *looks at her coffee with distaste*
10th-Jan-2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Ooohhh, and even more kinky version of reality, Ariss! ^_~ Well, in actuality...it's a test tube of urine which the main character fishes out of a toilet and later drinks. >_<

You know, I think from on I'm going to not look at any of your posts until I've finished eating/drinking.

Don't worry; today's post is totally safe. XD
30th-Jan-2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Review archived.
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