Because of the nature of my latest novel, coupled with the fact that I decided to go it alone in this instance and self-publish, I have been “looking forward” to the first reviews with something akin to terror. Many here, I know, followed the development of this novel and, so, I’m quite sure I don’t need to go over yet again just how important it was to me to write it exactly as I felt it needed to be written – whatever the ultimate outcome. It was remembering this, remembering the promise I made to myself when I committed to writing it, that, I think, was at the heart of my deciding to give it the chance I felt it ultimately deserved.
It was therefore with some trepidation that I today headed over to the Novel Suggestions website to read the first review of Children of the Resolution. A snippet follows (click on quotation text below – or here – to read the full review) – and, naturally, I’m over the moon with it. It’s always incredibly satisfying when a reviewer sees exactly what I was trying to accomplish.
[...] a sort of coming-of-age story with a twist, what really makes this novel, is the underlying examination of the effects of changes imposed by no doubt well-meaning and motivated people, but which were all too often put into practise by less than adequate foot soldiers. Some of the individual incidents described will make you gasp at the thoughtlessness and lack of care; even more so when you consider that this is heavily based on the author’s own experiences.
Having said that, it is not simply a kick back at authority, or any sort of litany of cruelty and neglect; there are plenty of very caring and inspirational characters who are devoted to Carl and his peers. But it is obvious that they are swimming against a tide of “one solution fits all” leadership both in The Resolution and possibly in a wider political sense.
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© 2011 Gary William Murning
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