Desiccation by Sarah Potter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(The only reason I took so long to read this book is that I was reading a couple others at the same time ….. and the baseball season started!)
I loved this book. The cover shouted ‘B-movie’ and ‘Sixties’ so that drew me to it straight away.
I would say that initially I struggled to keep up with the number of characters being introduced, but that could also be because as I mentioned above, I was reading another couple of books at the same time. Whatever, the storyline and characters soon settle down and the plot develops.
What I love about this book is that it is a ‘light’ fun read, never really straying too far from that B-movie feel, but at the same time it is spine-tingly dark.
Sarah Potter has written this book in such a manner as to make the reader (well, me at least) at various points feel as if they themselves are on some sort of weird, psychedelic, hallucinogenic trip.
The (at times) earthy language and actions of the characters define the period and situation to a tee.
Yeah – most definitely worth a read if you like something that little bit ‘different.’ In a good way.
Right! Summer’s over (it was early this year in the West of Scotland, being on 15th July) and my proper work has reverted to more regular hours. I now have some time to crack on with ‘Soul Survivor,’ and hopefully expand this blog into more than just a conduit for sales of ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee,’ which was published just about a year ago.
You know – one of the side benefits of writing and publishing a book, is the introduction it offers to similarly minded aspiring, indie authors.
This past year, I’ve read more books in a twelve month period than ever before. Those books were written not by Terry Pratchett, Frank Dikotter, Neel Mukherjee, Jang Jin-Sung, or Douglas Adams, some of my favourite authors. No – they were written by the likes of Rob Gregson, Jessica Collette, Andy Paine, Sarah Potter, Sue Harris, Robert Wingfield, Lia London, Cynthia Port, Will Once, James Court and Ana Spoke– some of my new favourite authors! (Watch out also for a guy called Corben Duke. He’s just been signed up by a publisher for his comedic fantasy, ‘The Worst Man on Mars.’ Very funny!)
Hopefully, over the next few months I can convince some of these excellent and entertaining writers to spend a little time on this blog, giving a bit of background to their inspirations and aspirations.
Indie authors everywhere …. I’m coming at you with a metaphorical microphone!
But for now …. ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee’ – the final push.
Sarah Potter, author of the wonderfully weird and quirky ‘Desiccation,’ a science fiction novel billed as a ‘young adult crossover fantasy,’ has kindly afforded me a guest storyteller spot on her blog this month.
Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I can reciprocate, for if her book is anything to go by, a chat with Sarah is likely to be very entertaining indeed.