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Preview — Snap by Allen Renfro
More people must read this book. That is my decree. I know my decrees aren't worth the skin cells I'm leaving on my keyboard, but I'm trying to be emphatic. Sometimes, it's worth sounding stupid to make a point.
Snap isn't without its flaws. Most extraordinary reads are like that; pushing can lead to stumbling. I felt it could have benefited from some judicious editing. The rough lyricism of the prose becomes self-indulgent at times, wandering through thickets of figurative language (kind of ...more
It's a dark, captivating, frightening, violent story of revenge and redemption. Danny is a 17-year-old hustler with a drug-addicted mother and no one else. One night he is "saved" by an incredibly beautiful man who wants nothing sexual from him. He gives Danny a bed, something to eat. He brings Danny along his quest for revenge. Who is this man? The media knows him as Killer Ghost: he burns churches, he kills people, he makes Danny record his deeds and then pos ...more
The author beautifully crafts what could be taken as a sinister concept (vigilante style murder/retribution) and through gracefully constructed prose, reminiscent of Kerouac at his best, has Danny, the protagonist, tell us how his encounter with a supposed trick ended up being a road trip through a kind of silver-lined hell.
Danny uses a stream of c...more
Snap is beautifully written, captivating and heartwrenching work of art. There's no romance and I honestly think I wouldn't like it if there was something lovey-dovey.
Crossposted on blog: http://frausorge.wordpress.com/2013/0...
A word of caution at the beginning: this is not a romance! If you are looking for anything romantic and lovey-dovey: this is not it. Turn away right this instant.
... Or do not. Because romance or not, this book is worth reading. Just adjust your expectations and get on with it, anyway :)
So, what can I say about this book? It's... brutal. Grimy and dirty. There is a poetic cruelty in every line that makes you shudder and yearn for more. It is like a drug, painful and addictive, like strong re ...more
Like K.Z. Snow (I thank her for recommanding ''Snap'') I wonder why isn't everybody reading this book?
It's different from other m/m books, and refreshingly so. Gripping and powerful.
About the missing half star: I have some minor issues with punctuation and with some repetitions. Still, it's an excellent read.
This is a wild ride, a psychological drama/horror story seen through the eyes of Danny, a 17 year-old street hustler and drifter reduced to tricking for food. We get a taste of Dickens when Danny, at the end of hope, with nothing and no one, is visited one night by his ghost of nightmares past and present. He finds himself rescued (or is it avenged...?) by Matthew, a mysterious and dangerous stranger he dubs “Blue Eyes” or “the monster”. Together, they drive around the countryside in r ...more
I never read anything by this author, but I want to read more.
Dark story, complex characters and an original tale.
I didn't love the ending as much as I thought, it wasn't at the same level as the beginning and the middle.
But still, this was poetry, and I feel blessed to have read it.
It's dark, twisty and sometimes confusing in the head of the main character - and sometimes that wasn't a good place to be as a reader. There are very few books that I get straight through, but this required me to break off and read something light and fluffy a couple of times whilst I was reading.
It is a well written book with interesting plot and characters. I have had difficulties rating this as I a ...more
A teen named Danny (great name) is saved from turning tricks for food by a guy he refers to only as Blue Eyes. And before long, Danny is on a road trip with Blue Eyes, who burns down churches and lures dirt bags into gay bashing him, at which point Blue Eyes kills them while having Danny film it so they can post it online.
But this isn’t just a tale of an anti-gay basher duo. As the story ...more
The story works on many levels, with suspense, action and deep character development.
It is however not a romance between the men. The two develop a friendship that gets tested when it emerges that the trucker may be the famous Killer Ghost, who avenges other crimes.
Both men, and some of their ...more