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Vacation by Jeremy C. Shipp
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Apr 29, 2008

really liked it
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An author strives to transport his readers to another world; that of his imagination. Jeremy Shipp achieves that goal is this short novel. But it isn’t an easy world he conveys.

His premise is simple. A jaded man—dissatisfied with his career, his lover, his life—goes on vacation in search of redemption. Shipp’s writing style is stark and plain. In many ways his style reminds me of the English writer Magnus Mills.

Bernard Johnson, the son of an “Education Expert Extraordinaire, has gone from being a frustrated teacher to becoming an even more frustrated writer of lesson plans for other teachers. He’s bored with every aspect of his life, including his hot girlfriend Hillary.

The only recourse is the vacation—though this is not what one usually envisions as a holiday. There are some similarities. Bernard does go to exotic locales, he does indulge in adventurous activities, he does change habits and attitudes as ordinary tourists do. But this is no ordinary excursion.

This vacation is no mere change of scenery. It is, in fact, a change of person. Shipp provides a stimulating venue with plenty of magic and metaphysics along the way.

Vacation is a surreal trip into a world you might not want to encounter. What goes on just beneath the surface will grasp your imagination and have this simplistic story haunting your mind for days after you’ve finished the book.

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Jeremy Thanks for reading! Hope you're enjoying the experience.

Jeremy :)

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