Wednesday, January 6, 2010

An Arsonists Guide to Writer's Homes in New England

by Brock Clark

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What, you might ask, lead me to read a book of this title in the first place? You remember all those creative writing lessons throughout your school years during which the teacher stressed the importance of a good title? This book certainly has that. Once I saw the title, I had to find out if the story was as compelling as the title.

The story is a pathetically sad story about poor Sam Pulsifier and how in his bumbling life nothing goes right. I hate the term dysfunctional family, but the one from which Sam hales certainly qualifies. He really is not such a bad guy, but with a foundation and support system such as he had, there was not much hope for him.

There are some really good metaphors and very pleasingly written turns of speech scattered throughout. And yes, the characters are colorful and true to their natures. The plot is involved and convincing, in an off-beat sort of way.

But, oh, so sad.

You'll have to muddle through the book yourself if you want to know more.

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