Nowadays many parents describe their kids as 'high functioning autistic'. When I was a lad, these same kids were more commonly referred to as 'fucking weirdos'.
I know, right?
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After 440,000+ downloads and 1100+ ratings on various sites, incl amazon, itunes, goodreads, smashwords, sony and barnes&noble, the data is pretty stable now. Put this way, in percentages
Strongly like: 2
Somewhat like: 8
Somewhat dislike: 18
Strongly dislike: 12
It's a bell curve weighted to the negative and almost exactly what I would have predicted. The aggregate (assigning back to star/points one thru five) is 2.70
A possible novel based on two characters from Freak City, who were themselves based on my old novel Cashier World (which I threw away, and stole the title for a short story collection)
Mikael is a shipping clerk at the department store called Pay'n'Pay. He is a math genius who has turned his back on that world, in favor of a quiet existence, due to a vision he had (see my blog entry That Tree). His day is spent packing and unpacking boxes. He returns home to his wife, Madam Suzie (formerly Sylvia). She is a professional psychic, who is part Sherlock Holmes and part fraud, as she is everybody's 'friend' on the socialnets ...
She specializes in two areas - match-making and death. Those who come to see her never realize they are flipping a coin. Mikael, dutiful husband that he is, plays his part on both roads faithfully. Que sera, sera.
(Soundtrack, Autumn Leaf by Adam Franklin)
"It was terrible for them to utter even a word, as though each word in the language had lost its individual meaning and meant but one thing—Death"
Leonid N Andreyev, The Seven Who Were Hanged
A very interesting short novel by a contemporary of Tolstoy (free from Project Gutenberg) about a collection of terrorists and criminals who were hanged in a group together. Andreyev is an impressionist writer, using color and sound effectively to vividly bring personalities and events to mind. This is the kind of writing that helps you see the world in a different way than your normal perspective. I especially love literature for that quality.
"Like large, transparent, glassy drops, hours and minutes descended from an unknown height into a metallic, softly resounding bell." (Church bells as heard from prison)
'Werner, tell me, is there such a thing as death?"
"I don't know, Musya, but I think that there is no such thing," replied Werner seriously and thoughtfully'
No such 'thing' - an interesting formulation