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  • By Pramod. K Uday
    Oct 15, 2009
    "The Whitemoon Crisis: A Critique" Do you love fiction, especially when it is so convincing that it does not look like fiction? If yes, then this novel is for you! And yes, if your answer is ‘no’, if you don’t like being entertained or regaled, then I’m sorry! This book is not for you! As far as I’m concerned, I love storytellers like Frank who are so egotistical and inconsiderate that they pen stories which are bound to disturb you, shaking you out of your lethargic and lackadaisical confinement to your own cold comfort zone and ushering you into the imaginary settings, settings that are too different and too attractive to let you go back to your routine existence. These storytellers demand your full, undivided attention with their characters who are so life-like and yet so different. I started off with a harmless intention to just read the preview and review it, but got so interested that I actually completed the first 124 pages in just one-sitting and the remaining in the... More > next. The plot is in fact so weighty that you feel thankful for the love affair between Ramsey and the seductive Carol. This comes as a relief to you, almost as the comic relief of The Bard and sonneteer of Stratford-upon-Avon. Frank does not bother to peep into the turbulent hearts of his characters. Still, we readers do get enough view of the basic character traits. No stream-of-consciousness or authorial intrusions here. No attempt to justify the characters or to trick them into “circumstantial cul-de-sacs”, as a critic recently put it in a literary journal. No vain attempts to turn the characters into lifeless mouthpieces either. Frank proves that he is above all a skilled storyteller adroit at creating the much-discussed “semblance of reality”, so much so that we sometimes pause mid-way through the story to ascertain from the jacket that we are reading a book of fiction and not non-fiction. The editing is excellent. Even my extremely critical and meticulous eye failed in spotting errors or typos. Whoever the editor is, I congratulate them here. (Is it you yourself, Frank?) It should also be noted that the writer makes no attempt to provide the writer with too graphic pictures in the hope of holding the readers’ interest, especially while dealing with corpses and also sex. The relaxed, colloquial language makes it easy for the reader to identify themselves with characters such as Elliot, Cannon and even with Whitemoon. I do not intend to spill the beans here, as some reviewers do. Even a summary is not needed to make you interested; just read the first ten pages and you’re trapped! What is especially laudable is the fact that Frank painstakingly provides us with all the details of all his settings which are very important to all those imaginative, sensitive readers who are fond of replaying it all in their heads. The style is highly loveable and fresh. It seems the writer has a penchant for colorful and polysyllabic nouns rather than qualifiers like adjectives or adverbs, as is clear from the following line which I quote: “Admiral Bartlett squirmed with disapproval at the observance of their informality, which happened to catch the sharp eye of the President.” (Mosco, Frank; 202). There are many such lines I love that bristle with such cute nouns! Would that I could quote all those lines here! I just loved the cover art and design. The typesetting, font and formatting are pleasing to the eye and do not hurt the reader’s eyes even when they decide to gobble up this riveting tale in one sitting. I had a great time with this story and I’m sure I can safely predict that you’ll also enjoy it. I recommend this book to all lovers of fiction and books.< Less
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Product Details

Edition
Second Edition
Publisher
Quillquest Books
Published
August 9, 2009
Language
English
Pages
264
Binding
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.96 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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