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Book Review – Life of Death

Life of Death – Echoes of “Dead Again”

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Nicholas A McGirr
Format: Kindle

After encountering a strangely compelling homeless man, a young woman is taken to his forest hideaway where she learns her thoughts and feelings are as transparent to him as her words.  She can hide nothing and though she feels fear she also finds she cannot leave.  Somehow able to transport his experiences to her, she learns through vivid memories of his tortured youth and how he learns of his abilities leading to his ultimate belief that he is immortal. Crazy?  Perhaps.  But something deep inside her tells her there is truth in his words. But why has he abducted her?  Why has he shared his life with her and why does he seek her as his companion?  Slowly the walls come down, and she finds the truth is something she never expected.

Nicholas McGirr’s “Life of Death” is a cerebral game of cat and mouse.  I started reading this thinking I had a good idea of what and who the stranger was based on the title and thought perhaps this would be a predictable plot.  However, I found myself challenging my assumptions as the stranger’s past and present were revealed.  This kept me turning pages well into the night.

The style and progression of the story are unconventional which some could find confusing but like a David Lynch movie, these greatly enhanced the strangeness of the book and its theme.  The questions of immortality are thought provoking and I found the book haunted me for hours after I finished the final pages.  Life of Death is $7.99 on Kindle.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.


Book Review – The Growing Dim Project

The Growing Dim Project – Band on the Run!

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: Nicholas McGirr
Formate: Kindle, Paperback

Crossman Jessica, Clint, Mike, and Justin , they are the band “The Growing Dim Project”.  An eclectic mix of musician’s, their emo group is an alternative performance rock band costumed in black garb playing to the light of candles in their regular haunt – The Sh*t Creek bar.  As they play their signature original and cover pieces on what is their best performance to date, the band and the crowd all feel something odd happening as the night progresses.  Cross, the bands founder and drummer is acting a bit odd.  A feeling of dread fills the room.  Something is about to happen as fate draws them inexorably forward…

Like the band members in the book, Nicholas McGirr’s “The Growing Dim Project” is an eclectic mix of styles and genres.  Told from multiple first person perspectives as well as third person occasionally, the first part of the book reads like a band documentary.  Through frequent flashbacks, we are introduced to the various band members, how they met, how The Growing Dim Project came to fruition and how all of these events brought them to what would become their final performance at Sh*t Creek.  About half way through the book, however, it becomes clear this isn’t just a documentary but something much much different.  Supernatural abilities emerge from Crossman and readers come to learn the Cross plays a pivotal roll in human history and is faced with a choice none of us would want to face.

The Growing Dim Project is a very different kind of book with true alternative / indie flair.  Though it is a fist in a series, the ending of this volume is climatic and resolves a number of story arcs while leaving clear a path to future chapters.  If you are looking for something different, consider picking up The Growing Dim Project.  It is $2.99 on Kindle.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.