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Out of numbed, desensitized, stricken minds - in search of killing all essential humanity - the 'elder blow' was born.


Rebellion against the drug is a bloody effort for two young sisters who have long sought liberation from its smokes and the dead bodies that result and pile.


The winters are cold, the bludgeons are red, and hunger is an unbelievable phenomenon as these girls
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Published 2012 by Rosca Marx
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Donald Armfield
Dec 26, 2012 Donald Armfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that needs to be read in one shot, if you put it down you are lost. Maybe not for all but you really need to pay close attention to the prose and different writing style the author uses.

Two sisters are trying to stay away from a drug called "Elder" everyone around them are hooked and feel hungry without it. An escape from life gone wrong, the dealers, the cooks and the druggies.

The theme song for this book should be "Temple of Dogs - Hungry" (at least the hook on a loo
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Emily Boivin
Sep 20, 2012 Emily Boivin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was the most bizzar book i have read to date. it was an amazing read. i won it on good reads and i am so glad i did as it turned me on to a great writer that i intend to read more of in the future.
Rosca
Dec 14, 2012 Rosca marked it as wrote  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Part one of three part bizarro novella series, Catalyst and Progeny, House of Flies follows two doomed sisters forced by family obligation into the middle of a growing trade of a fictional drug meant to make human emotion and feeling go away.

With the novellas, the main aim has been to connect an idea I have obsevered, of "Catalyst and Progeny." A horribly negative cause and effect relationship between drugs, drug users, and the innocents that are forever maimed or lose their lives simply because
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Rodney
For about the first ten pages, I struggled with the style. It had a very unique feel to it. This novella is so poetic, so powerful, I could not help but be moved. So many times over the course of reading, I reflected on how well the author communicated the harsh realities of the two main characters. Your are certainly right there with them. There is a quality to the words that is so other-worldly, in the most awesome way. I can't wait for the others in the series. Read this!
Karly
Jul 24, 2012 Karly rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!!!
Kari Flores
Nov 30, 2012 Kari Flores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I am a reader, not a writer.

This book is not one you can casually read. It requires your undivided attention and perhaps a second read to fully appreciate the message of the author.

The novella revolves around two sisters whom are born into a world in which the struggle to not succumb to a drug addiction, the hunger for "elder". There lives a rough and the story centers around fighting the desire to feed that hunger even though they are surrounded by temptation.

The words are lyrical a
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Moo Cow
Mar 28, 2014 Moo Cow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is a thin book, it's one that you want to take your time with. The story is one of regret, temptation, and the urge to simply exist, regardless of the circumstances. Rather than standing in the spotlight, the storyline meanders behind the poetic flare that draws you in and forces you to ponder each sentence. I found it intriguing how the characters where both simultaneously portrayed as being both weak and strong. Very enjoyable!!
Catherine
Jun 25, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book from the publisher as an ARC through Goodreads.

Although this is a short book, a novella, it is by no means a quick and light read. The author does paints a very strong picture of the suffering of those who abuse drugs. If the reader takes the time, and reads in an uninterrupted setting, the message is quite strong.
Sydney
Sep 20, 2012 Sydney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The format and wording of the novella was really confusing and bit random for my taste. I struggled through the whole time, and barely made it to the end. The plot was interesting and different than most things I've read, but I don't think I would be able to reread this again.
Taylor Troncin
I am not 100% sure how I acquired this book. I think I was contacted by the author directly, but I cannot find any record of it...

Anyway, I have not read any of the "Catalyst and Progeny" books and I wonder if that influenced my reading of this book in particular...
Kate
Aug 14, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. It is definitely not for a casual beach read. You need to be fully immersed to understand what the author is conveying.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most bizarre books i have ever read. This not my usual genre of reading, but i am so glad i gave it a chance.

*Won on goodreads*

Niecez73
Jul 22, 2012 Niecez73 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!! Can't wait for the second!
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R. Marx is an author that tends to write unconventional works of fiction that aim for challenging those who read them. Her nboks strive to go beyond the norm of contemporary literature. She's referred to what she writes as avant-garde, or anti-novels.

Her prose and plots are experimental, and her heart is red and flowing with love for all readers willing to know her stories.
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