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A druggy book with a difference . . .
on 28 February 2016
I have now just finished Borderline Dreamers, part two of the Landmine Chronicles trilogy and I enjoyed it more than Mind Bomb. I have come to these books a bit late, so it has given the author time for the third part to be released, yet it doesn't seem to be out there - does anybody know if and when the third is due?
This first book, Mind Bomb, is published by a small press and it is difficult for such books to get recognition in the wider book market. Publishing and which books succeed to get out there, can be aggressive; it is difficult for even very good books with something different to say. Conformative, more formulaic books are easier to sell. That said, Mind Bomb is a huge accomplishment, an engrossing read. With this background it's interesting reading the rarer low-star reviews for this author's book. There does seem to be some kind of sabotage going on. And as the book is so well written I can only assume there is a personal grudge or anti-drugs reasoning grinding some kind of antagonistic reaction. Anybody reading the books, aware of the high-quality writing, perceives the low star rantings as the babble of nonsense they are, not on level with the writings they pretend to critique. It's annoying, because these are books going against the tide and will have a difficult time to get out there to the wider reading public - why bother with such poor attacks? [That is why I am writing this as support. No, I have no author connections . . .]
Mind Bomb is a great book starting with individuals (twins) being thrown into the world, on a very remote Scottish Island. [The twins are separated early, giving them separate paths which eventually meet. Their relationship provides a strong structure throughout the two books and pays off wonderfully at the end of the second.] This beginning on a wild island where life is hard, but has its own beauty threw me by surprise. With the description of drugs and Cambodian landmines on the book's back cover blurb I thought I'd be reading a different book. This unusual beginning impressed me all the more, it's not a subject I would have chosen to read, but caught up in it, I found it engrossing.
And that is what is so compelling about Luke Mitchell's writing, he takes issues from a fresh angle. It's not just a drug book, that's why I liked it so much. Other 'druggy' books are totally consumed by their druggy subject matter and this is more than that. Yes, drugs are involved, but there more: the main character grows up in a tough environment where parents are OK, but eventually throw Angus out into a real world where he makes odd friends with fascinating characters, drugs, crime and eventually a trip to India all enfold the character, but always at the centre is the fascinating entwining of the twin characters and the development of Angus - quite a complex character.
Fun, funny, often moving, sometimes shocking, from remote places in the Middle East when the active fundamentalism of today was a thought to the enduring spiritualism of India, 'an exalted state of mind' . . . I do hope this gets to be a trilogy.