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Deep Springs chronicles the writing of Simon G. Scott from 2003-2007. His prose is vivid and captivating throughout. The stories are a mix of coming of age, suspense, horror, science fiction, and survival. In "Remember the Apple Blossom Pie", an aging Saudi man confronts a powerful shaman who has kidnapped his daughter in the dark jungles of the Solomon Islands. These stories are evocative of the human will and the power to survive.
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Jun 28, 2009"A Ride on the Scott Coaster...." Deep Springs is a wild ride, a triple-looped roller coaster held up by rickety, wooden scaffolds and powered by pure rocket fuel. From the first step into his mind, Scott introduces the reader to a father’s sad savagery with the gut wrenching Remember the Apple Blossom Pie. The theme of living a disaster or horror – sometimes unwittingly - continues throughout the book in stories like Fat Man’s Rifle, Thousand Yard Stare and A Light in the House. Above all, however, one does well to remember that this book represents a writer’s development and a writer’s exploration of the art of language. Some of the stories are raw and unkempt as with Monster. Others, like Baby’s First Memory are simple as a still life painting. And stories such as A Change of Body are delightful and almost silly. While it could do with a day at the spa - edit scrub, structure rinse and deep narrative massage - it is overall a fun, sometimes heart-breaking read and I... More > recommend an E-ticket for everyone.< Less
Oct 8, 2008The writing for the most part is quite accomplished. There are a few spelling mistakes ‘loosing’ instead of ‘losing’ for example and a few words that just don’t seem to belong: “A lucrative pain...”. (A pain that rewards him with wealth or money?). Styrofoam is an ‘insulator’ - a ‘calorimeter’ is a device for measuring the heat produced by chemical changes. The problem for me is that the narratives aren’t compelling because the characters are wooden and I don’t have any emotional investment in them. Its also like the author tries to over-develop some characters where it isn’t appropriate.. The woman at the boarding gate in the story about Davin’s premonition, for example. The dialogue Scott creates for this woman and the detail he goes to about her checking for Davin just feel laboured. Instead of all that it might have read: “He watched the attendant at the boarding gate checking and re-checking her lists... Saw her scanning the waiting passengers.. And heard her call his name...... More > Once, twice, a third time.” In that example, I used 30 words to convey the basic information because the imagination knows what that looks like, sounds like, feels like because we’ve been to airports and know the atmosphere. Scott used 215 words to convey possibly less – because his dialogue and over-detailed descriptions (the clicking of the microphone etc) work against what the readers’ imagination could otherwise be doing. I think that’s the weak point in his writing from where I stand. It’s like he's trying to ‘over-describe’ scenarios / dialogue / characters because he's not experienced enough to know just how little he can actually say to convey a whole lot. And I think that’s one of the secrets of writing; the ability to say more with less. For me, a story is more about narrative (what happened, to whom and why etc) than it is about describing word-for-word what was said, how something looked, what they wore, what their background and history was and so on. Getting stuck on description is a child-like stage of writing.< Less
Dec 27, 2007"Deep Springs" As a long time high school English teacher, this book reminds me of the Chicken Soup books which are so popular with teenagers. It crosses many genre's and quickly grabs the reader into the struggle. Most of the themes relate to teenage life: survival, relationship building, angst, love and adulthood. While many teens from Oregon will relate quickly to the landscapes utilized, Kihei cove for Hawaii surfing and the loneliness of living in the midwest illuminates these stories searching for adulthood. Enjoy!
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- Simon Scott
- October 17, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.59 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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