Death Wishing

Death Wishing This is a terrific story beautifully written and completely enthralling Dorothy AllisonI admire the sentences the clarity of mind and characters who catch and keep our attention Bob Dylan sings ab

  • Title: Death Wishing
  • Author: Laura Ellen Scott
  • ISBN: 9781935439400
  • Page: 399
  • Format: ebook
  • This is a terrific story, beautifully written, and completely enthralling Dorothy AllisonI admire the sentences, the clarity of mind, and characters who catch and keep our attention Bob Dylan sings about a journey all the way from New Orleans to Jerusalem as way of apotheizing, scrutinizing, and recognizing the world we live in Laura Scott is on the way Alan CheuseA s This is a terrific story, beautifully written, and completely enthralling Dorothy Allison I admire the sentences, the clarity of mind, and characters who catch and keep our attention Bob Dylan sings about a journey all the way from New Orleans to Jerusalem as way of apotheizing, scrutinizing, and recognizing the world we live in Laura Scott is on the way Alan Cheuse A story as hot, sticky, and dangerous as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, seen through an imagination as kaleidoscopic as Kelly Link s Steve Himmer, The Bee Loud Glade Something hazy is happening in Fat City Laura Ellen Scott dials up loads of laughs amid the local color and NOLA cuisine in this madcap romp of a novel where last wishes come true, Elvis is back under newly orange clouds, coffee cups are bottomless, and street punks wear capes Richard Peabody, editor Gargoyle MagazineWhat if your most fervent wish could come true, and all you had to do was die first Recovering from a bitter divorce, middle aged Victor Swaim wants nothing than to live a carefree, drunken existence in New Orleans, making capes and corsets, and lusting for Pebbles, the girl who lives across the street.But, after a series of deathbed wishes come true including the curing of cancer, the elimination of cats, the return of Elvis 1967 vintage , the clouds turning orange, mothers growing third eyes and cups of coffee becoming bottomless the hysteria that grows around Death Wishing forces Victor into action Along with his entrepreneurial son Val and his libertine friend Martine, Victor must battle the apocalyptics who have seduced Pebbles away from her true vocation of singing the blues very badly while at the same time confronting his mortal identity just what would he wish for the world without him in it

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    1. About a third of the way through my initial reading of Laura Ellen Scott’s Death Wishing, I realized I was probably the wrong person to be reviewing it. Or saying it another way, that I or people like me are not the likely audience for the novel. It happens occasionally (unavoidably) that a reviewer gets novels that aren’t necessarily bad, that execute more or less what the author intended, but which, for whatever reason, are simply not in the reviewer’s wheelhouse or on his/her wavelength [...]

    2. This is not something I'd normally come across, but my daughter Ginger recommended it and I'm very glad she did. Death Wishing is urban fantasy, but not of the current vampires and werewolves ilk. It's urban in the sense that, like Ellen Datlow's Naked City anthology, the setting (post-Katrina New Orleans) is absolutely essential to the plot - the story just couldn't happen anywhere else. It's fantasy, but with only one fantastical element - that a person's dying wishes can come true. But not ev [...]

    3. I'm going to steal Dorothy Allison's word, up above: this book is enthralling. The writing is amazing. The story, weird, wild, original. So good. I recommend it highly.

    4. In Laura Ellen Scott’s smart and quirky debut novel Death Wishing, the last muttered desires of some, though not all, are coming to pass. Cats are wished away along with cancer, Elvis comes back from the dead (young Elvis, thankfully) and orange clouds fill the sky. Set in the steamy streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, the story centers around a father and son, Vic and Val, as they vie for the affections of a neighbor and struggle to adapt to the precariousness of the world in which they live [...]

    5. The premise of this deeply weird novel is that the final wishes of the dying sometimes come true. The book delivers this to the reader somewhat unremarkably – the concept is de facto to the narrator, Victor, and the question of whether or not you will accept it is entirely moot. You are dropped in the deep end to some extent. This is a challenging novel for the reader. I can normally tear through 300 pages in three and a half to four hours; this book took me the better part of a week, at only [...]

    6. What would you wish for a world without you? There's no denying the world has gotten strange. In the middle of New Orleans, Victor Swaim is just trying to live his life.Victor is an extremely distinctive and enjoyable narrator with a great, unique voice. He comes alive through Scott’s writing, a complex mixture of goodness and hopelessness and humor that makes him the sort of person you could imagine having a beer with. Victor’s narration is snappy and precise, the dialogue smart but totally [...]

    7. What do you get if you take someone that is very good at creating a real person, with all of that persons strengths and weakness, add a city that inspires dreamers and throw in one (just one mind you) improbable thing. You get this. A book that reads like straight fiction but has enough fantasy to tantalize. Then you take the one thing and realistically show how it would affect the actions and thinking of ordinary people. The protagonist is not a hero and never aspired to be a hero. He is just a [...]

    8. My brief response to Laura Ellen Scott’s fantastical debut novel, Death Wishing, is live at PANK: pankmagazine/pankblog/The post also includes an exciting FREE FOUR BOOK Giveaway. All you have to do is share your deepest wish. Imagine, as in Death Wishing, your dying wish could come true. What would you wish for? Tell us here in the comments at PANK and you could win the following books:Death Wishing (signed), novel by Laura Ellen ScottThe Curfew, novel by Jesse BallEcholocation, novel by Myfa [...]

    9. This is a beautiful book that captures the feeling of New Orleans. I recommend it to anyone who's spent even a short visit in New Orleans, and any one who hasn't but imagined it.My thought as I read was that a lot of time when you read fantasy or science fiction or anything with a nifty premise, the story exists for the premise, and the characters are there to serve the premise. Death Wishing is about the characters. I love that.This is dreamy and surrealistic. And it's even funny.

    10. I laughed from start to finish. Haven't a clue what it was all about, but it was one crazy read. New Orleans is the perfect scene for this piece of voodoo, who do, and fancy. Surely a head tripper, if nothing else.

    11. Loved it. Unusual use of descriptive phrases help set a slightly supernatural tone to what would otherwise be a whimsical mystery.

    12. In many ways, this book reminds me my various trips to New Orleans and the French Quarter. At first, everything is coherent, even in its American exoticness. Eventually, though, things get looser looser as narratives, internal and otherwise, blend, merge, and fade. By the time it is over, and you are drunk on sugar and booze in your garish hotel room, you know something fun happened but that it spiraled indecently out of control, ultimately culminating in something haphazard and far less satisfy [...]

    13. It took me a while to read this book because it made me think. I thought I didn't like it but I realized I'm just used to mindless thinking. I'm still reflecting on the characters, dialogue, and of course wondering what my death wish would be. I would make animal allergies go away, what can I say I'm not that creative. After finishing I realized that it deserves 5 stars because it's really thought provoking and I love the internal dialogue of the main character Vic he's such a likable "hero".

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