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One of These Things is Not Like the Other [Paperback]

D.Travers Scott
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Suspect Thoughts Press (31 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974638862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974638867
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 14.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,646,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Including suicide, homicide, fratricide, incest - this is a love story, but unlike any previously published. Set in a reality one step removed from this one, "One of These Things is Not Like the Other" is a darkly comic tale of masculine identity and relationships. As four identical brothers seek answers to their lives, they find the truth as elusive as the shifting sands. Quadruplet brothers, now in their 20s, and raised in rural seclusion by their father are shocked by his sudden suicide. More surprises come in the video he leaves behind, announcing that one of them is an unrelated outsider and daring his sons to uncover the truth of their birth. From across the US the brothers converge to find a woman who may be their mother, but twisted lust, murderous secrets and shifting identities threaten all their lives along the way. Some men die searching for the truth. Some men kill to keep it hidden. Some come to wish they'd never learned it. But as the four identical brothers seek out answers to who they are and where they come from, they find the truth as elusive as the shifting sands.

Suicide, homicide, fratricide and incest - this is a love story and a page-turner, but unlike anything that has ever gone before. David Lynch meets Neil Bartlett. A Tennessee Williams-penned Twilight Zone episode with a Magnetic Fields soundtrack. Clive Barker meets Fight Club. David Cronenberg directs a queer Ordinary People. "One of These Things is Not Like the Other" is all of the above combined and more. A true powerhouse of a story.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who let the dogs out? 4 May 2006
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
D Travers Scott proved his exceptional talent with his debut novel, 'Execution, Texas: 1987'. With this second novel, 'One of These Things is Not Like the Other', he has further established his position as an arresting new author who is capable of hijacking his readers with the fluidity of his writing and its tantalisingly surreal qualities.

The Amazon synopsis is comprehensive, but nothing can convey the force of this novel, other than reading it for oneself. It is unique. It is fast-paced. It is intense. An absolute - genuine - page-turner. Although a reasonably short work that can be read in a day, it is something that deserves time and attention. Personally, I was so captivated by the energy of the writing that I just flew through the final chapters, anxious to discover the 'truth' about the four brothers. Consequently, upon reaching the last page, I confess to being completely baffled. I sat, stunned, trying to make sense of the myriad of ideas that were flowing through my different levels of consciousness. It wasn't until I took a breath and read the book again - slowly - that I began to store up clues to help explain what happened. Even then, many questions still present themselves.

'One of These Things is Not Like the Other' is an absolute masterpiece of suspense and originality. It is a book that lures you into another world and leaves you gasping for oxygen. It's complexity (of concept, rather than expression) means that one read could never be sufficient. I've read it three times thus far, and am still picking up nuances. I await D Travers Scott's next work with great anticipation.

Buy this novel now (and order his excellent debut novel while you're at it). This is a phenomenal work of fiction that will penetrate your mind for days...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother 6 May 2007
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I had to review this one to give a little bit of balance to the other review here.

I loved the title of this book and the cover, which hinted at dark deeds, but after a very promising start the book just dissolved into confusion. Of course, if you're setting out to write a book about 5 identical men (4 quadruplet brothers and a father) then it's going to be hard separating them out. Giving them all the same name doesn't help either. I have no idea what the book was actually about or how it ended. I never did get how the quads could be utterly identical but then find one wasn't their brother at all.

It started with some excellent gay themes, too - lonely country sheriff taking more than a liking to one of the brothers, but this too fizzled out when all the identity confusion began. Shame.

Not worth bothering with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars matter of taste 6 Sep 2006
By Furio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In this novel Mr Scott apparently wants to deal with some difficult issues: identity, sexual identity, personal versus general good, family love (or lack of it).

Problem is, he begins it with what looks like an exercise in style, throwing heaps of incredibly complex and ermetic thoughts in a fine but highly convoluted prose, committing what I personally deem to be the first and worst sin for a writer: to forget that literature of any kind has to entertain the reader in the first place.

I guess this complexity is what earns him the praise of many critics, a species known to esteem fiction only if they cannot understand a word of it, but I cannot accept to spend a couple of minutes on a single short sentence simply to understand it. Of course I am not talking about the exquisite device of multiple meanings through which an apparently plain paragraph hides a number of subtle and exciting possibilities of interpretation, I am talking about simply putting the syntax straight.
While I usually prefer neat, fluid, accurate writing, rich in beauty and elegance I have nothing against a well drawn stream of consciousness, as long as I can spend my reading time enjoying truth and depth of thought and not feeling silly and illiterate because I am not sure what all the strange words are all about.

Later on things get better but even though the story is interesting enough and the writing fine, they are not THAT interesting and not THAT fine.

First I could never suspend disbelief. We have four twins, sons to a lunatic with unexplained ESP powers, butchering each other after discovering that one of them is a fake (?), son to someone else. It is not an easy assumption but it could have been interesting if well developped. Here it is not. Everything just sounds strained.

A horror is supposed to have supernatural elements, but we see relatively little horror and many attempts at a rather erratic psychology: we are given no explanation how four loving brothers, allied since childhood against their crazed father, suddenly become so estranged as to distrust each other. We do not see why the fake had to go berserk in the first place. We do not see too many things.

We are not faced with a thrilling masterpiece, nor with an interesting psychological study nor with outstandingly beautiful language.

All in all it seems to me very lame and therefore a waste of time.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who let the dogs out? 4 May 2006
By Son of Nietzsche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
D Travers Scott proved his exceptional talent with his debut novel, `Execution, Texas: 1987'. With this second novel, `One of These Things is Not Like the Other', he has further established his position as an arresting new author who is capable of hijacking his readers with the fluidity of his writing and its tantalisingly surreal qualities.

By way of brief synopsis: a survivalist father dies leaving his identical quadruplet sons with the cryptic message that one of them is not his real son. As the father predicted, this enigmatic revelation will lead the four 20-something brothers down a path of pain, jealousy and hatred. Old rivalries, bitterness, incest and murder will drag the reader down the same path.

Having said this, no description can adequately convey the force of this novel. It is unique. It is fast-paced. It is intense. An absolute - genuine - page-turner. Although a reasonably short work that can be read in a day, it is something that deserves time and attention. Personally, I was so captivated by the energy of the writing that I just flew through the final chapters, anxious to discover the `truth' about the four brothers. Consequently, upon reaching the last page, I confess to being completely baffled. I sat, stunned, trying to make sense of the myriad of ideas that were circulating around my different levels of consciousness. It wasn't until I took a breath and read the book again - slowly - that I began to store up clues to help explain what happened. Even then, many questions still present themselves.

`One of These Things is Not Like the Other' is an absolute masterpiece of suspense and originality. It is a book that lures you into another world and leaves you gasping for oxygen. Its complexity (of concept, rather than expression) means that one read through could never be sufficient. I've read it three times so far, and am still picking up nuances. I await D Travers Scott's next work with great anticipation.

Buy this novel now (and order his excellent debut novel while you're at it). This is a phenomenal work of fiction that will penetrate your mind for days...
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Unlike Any Other 6 Jun 2005
By Wayne Courtois - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It takes balls to appropriate the name of a Hemingway hero, but it's all in a day's work for Scott, who has fun trashing any cherished notions we may have on the great, grim subject of Identity. His quadruplet anti-heroes, spread across the country as they are, still can't escape the ties that bind them, even if the consequences are fatal. Compulsively readable, funny, and shocking, this novel will work its way into your consciousness like a time-release drug. And brotherhood will never be the same again!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Cool 19 May 2005
By Neil S. Plakcy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other" is very cool noir. Set in a slightly alternate world (they use blimps instead of airplanes, for example) the book tracks four identical quadruplet brothers in their quest to discover which one of them is not really a brother. Atmospheric, creepy, clever, sexy and literate... and the last line totally blew me away and changed everything I thought about the book.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Mystery 8 April 2006
By Salvatore Sapienza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First off, I have to say that this is not typically the genre of writing I normally gravitate toward. Truth be told, I'm more drawn to gay relationship novels. That said, "One of These Things..." actually fits into several genres - or maybe none at all. It's its own weird and wonderful entity, and I loved it for that. Yes, it's a mystery, but it's also about family, brotherhood, sexuality. It creeped me out at times, turned me on at times - sometimes at the same time! - yet kept my attention throughout. It's best not to go into too many plot details. Part of the fun is in the discovery. D. Travers Scott is a clever, smart, and imaginative writer, and this book a real page-turner.
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