This is a terrific story, beautifully written, and completely enthralling.”Dorothy Allison
I admire the sentences, the clarity of mind, and characters who catch and keep our attention. Bob Dylan sings about a journey all the way from New Orleans to Jerusalem ’ as way of apotheizing, scrutinizing, and recognizing the world we live in. Laura Scott is on the way.”Alan Che...more
About a third of the way through my initial reading of Laura Ellen Scott’s Death Wishing, I realized I was probably the wrong person to be reviewing it. Or saying it another way, that I or people like me are not the likely audience for the novel.
It happens occasionally (unavoidably) that a reviewer gets novels that aren’t necessarily bad, that execute more or less what the author intended, but which, for whatever reason, are simply not in the reviewer’s wheelhouse or on his/her wavelength or wh...more
Victor is an extremely distinctive and enjoyable narrator with a great, unique voice. He comes alive through Scott’s writing, a complex mixture of goodness and hopelessness and humor that makes him the sort of person you could imagine having a beer with. Victor’s narration is snappy and precise, the dialogue smart but totally bel...more
The post also includes an exciting FREE FOUR BOOK Giveaway. All you have to do is share your deepest wish. Imagine, as in Death Wishing, your dying wish could come true. What would you wish for? Tell us here in the comments at PANK and you could win the following books:
Death Wishing (signed), novel by Laura Ellen Scott
The Curfew, novel by Jesse Ball
My thought as I read was that a lot of time when you read fantasy or science fiction or anything with a nifty premise, the story exists for the premise, and the characters are there to serve the premise. Death Wishing is about the characters. I love that.
This is dreamy and surrealistic. And it's even funny.