Odd Man Out
But among this group there is a young man with a secret — a secret that, in this time and place, is unthinkable to his peers.
When the others discover the trut ...more
I am still shaken after just finishing this book. This is a disturbing and horrific, heartrendering story that should be read by all. I actually cried while reading and wanted to stop, but was compelled to continue the journey through to the end. This book while fiction tells a woeful story about events that are happening in our world right now and some people can turn a blind eye to the injustice when it doesn't involve someone they know.
James Newman has written a bri ...more
This is not a review where I'm going to make any jokes or try to get a laugh - it would be disrespectful.
Ignorance, fear and anger...
It is just so much easier to hate something you don't know or understand.
I read somewhere about an interview a journalist had with somebody after witnessing a stoning. The question was asked whether the person truly believed what they were doing was right. The answer had incredible depth - and I can't quote it verbatim, but this is what I remember.
When yo ...more
Hard to read, but the writing is top-shelf. Hear the message, loud and clear.
As an important church vote looms, Dennis suddenly remembers with clarity an incident from his childhood. All of a sudden, the reader is transported to the Black Mountain Camp for Boys.
During this one week summer camp, an atrocity is committed. One that will haunt Dennis, the other boys, and this reader. I doubt I will ever be able to forget Dennis or his former best friend, Wesley. Maybe I am not meant to. You're not meant to forget it eit ...more
Dennis Munce revisits a haunting memory of his youth in this absolutely gut-wrenching...heart-breaking short story of hatred and violence.
1989 - Black Mountain Camp for boys turns to horror in a hurry after an incident and accident leave nine teens with virtually no responsible adult supervision....no help against the ignorant bullying types....and no one strong enough to prevent harm to the innocent.
Whew! Well done tough read and harsh reminder that we still have a long way to go.
The age of 15 can be and usually is an awkward time for boys, and when a group of eleven or twelve are gathered together, and the supervision becomes lax, bad things can happen.
Mr. Newman has written a powerful bo ...more
We start out with a group of @ 15-year-olds, sent on a trial of The Black Mountain Camp for Boys. When you have nine boys--coming of age--at a camp, with a self-centered "s ...more
If you were looking for something happy and uplifting, and you picked this, you fucked up.
I didn't ful ...more
A very difficult and emotional read. I could see the events unfolding and felt powerless as they played out before me. Intolerance, hate and bullying are difficult subjects to tackle. Kudos to James for taking this on and doing so with such skill and sensitivity despite the heavy subject matter.
*Be good to each other, people. Life's too short to live it full of hate. It will eat ...more
Odd Man Out was originally released as a signed Limited edition from Thunderstorm Books, but this truly is a book everyone should get to read and so now it's deservedly getting the wide release treatment from Bloodshot Books.
It's been a few years since The Boy Scouts of America changed their policy to allow gay members. In Newman's Odd Man Out a conservative Christian Church is struggling with allowing the scouts to continue using their building as a meeting place.
There's a vote that ...more
One of the most heart-wrenching books I have read since The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. Absolutely, positively sad story about hate and bullying and broken human beings. However, just like Jack Ketchum, James Newman navigates these horrific waters with care. He makes your think. What if it was me? What would I do? While I was reading I was kicking myself for times I've failed the Odd Man Out, and smiling with joy when I remembered times that I stood my ground for others. I love th ...more
Newman writes with empathy and compassion, yet never flinches from sharing the pain that is the bane of childhood. He takes us down paths we remember, the ones we no longer wish to travel, but must for the sake of our humanity.
An emotional powerhouse of a novella, one that drew tears from this jaded old recluse...tears that needed to be shed for the scars we all share.
A powerful work by ...more
This was a reread for me. I was so shocked at the ...more
James Newman. Man, this guy is good. Friends in the biz have told me for years how good. Thanks, Kristin! They've told me I need to read him. They told me I'd love it. They were right. I read Midnight Rain this summer and was blown away. I read People Are Strange a few months earlier and loved the versatility and impact of many of the stories within that collection.
Now, we come to this novella, ODD MAN OUT.
Featuring a coll ...more
It's a story of summer camp in the late 80's; of a group of teenage boys all vying to be leader of the pack, or at least not the lowest ranked; of that awkward stage when they're not quite children bu ...more
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