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The Brain within its Groove: A Novella by [Nino, L. N.]
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I nearly didn't return to Story Cartel after a disappointing first experience, but I'm now glad I gave them a second chance. If you don't know it, the website offers free eBooks in return for writing honest reviews and has a varied selection of independent publications. The Brain Within Its Groove by L.N. Nino is one such story.

This literary novella is titled for an Emily Dickinson poem, a connection that initially passed me by as I'd not read any of her work. Nino's writing is beautifully elegant and 'old-fashioned', but in a good way, the prose flowing like that of a classic Victorian author. His imagery is vivid with each word appearing to have been considered and deliberated over. I was surprised to read writing of this calibre for free! Whether the psychiatric science is valid or imagined I cannot say, but certainly the mood and atmosphere ring true and I particularly appreciated the restraint of the writing as we grew closer to its horrific conclusion. Scenes are generally far more frightening when the reader's imagination is primed then let loose, and Nino has gauged this perfectly for maximum effect. Perhaps I would have liked characters other than the narrator to have been more fully developed, but I understand that within the short space of a novella this would have upset the pace of the tale.
I will definitely be looking out for more work by L.N. Nino and would recommend this book for fans of subtle creeping horror.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific short story! 24 Nov. 2014
By Chloe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Brain Within Its Groove is a unique and intriguing short tale that follows a doctor suffering from 24/7 nightmares, which means his days are filled with terror also. He is soon physically paralyzed and discovers he must somehow unlock the horrific memories deep within his psyche.

Great job by LN Nino in putting forth a story you will think about long after you read the last page.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done but Definitely Different 17 May 2014
By Grampy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Brain Within Its Groove" by L.N. Nino is quite an interesting novella told from the past perspective of a young psychoanalyst, now advanced in years, regarding a forgotten female patient of his who haunts the man as he draws near to his deathbed; but he doesn't yet realize she is the root of his own amnesiac symptomatology.

Beginning his practice in pre-war Germany, the doctor relocated to America for reasons not yet evident. In a classic touch of irony, the female patient in question, known only as Isadora K., suffered from an unusual and somewhat bizarre type of amnesia, which the good doctor himself now suffers from.

In his early days, Isadora became his patient through the intervention of her elderly uncle, who first informed the doctor that the depth of his niece's problem had not yet been plumbed by other psychiatrists, including the well-known Dr. Freud himself. He then handed the doctor a golden, jewel-encrusted crucifix of immense value, in payment for taking his niece's case.

The doctor, whose name was never revealed to my recollection, quickly assayed that a repressed memory of some horrific event was responsible for Isadora's amnesia. As he continued probing into the girl's psyche, he observed many odd symptoms exhibited by her amnesia, leading him eventually to believe he had broken new and significant ground in his science. But what was this ground-breaking new idea?

Isadora started to recall things she had previously been unable to remember. But at what price? As the doctor and Isadora continued their regular sessions, their progress took unexpected and unfathomable detours into uncharted territory. Whatever commenced was sufficient to cause the doctor's ailing wife to leave him, and sufficient to make the doctor relocate to America.

This story is well written, well thought out, and perfectly believable in its entirety, although it might be perhaps a bit offensive to some. However, nothing was graphically portrayed at any time, nor was there any profanity. Although generally morose for all concerned parties, the story was nevertheless very interesting and entertaining.

I don't have any reluctance about recommending "The Brain Within its Groove" to others, although just to err on the side of caution I would suggest it may not be entirely appropriate for readers under the age of 18, simply because of the clever manner in which the author incorporates the readers' own perverse imaginings into the story.

I received a free copy of this novella from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating literary novella 27 May 2014
By Stephanie Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I nearly didn't return to Story Cartel after a disappointing first experience, but I'm now glad I gave them a second chance. If you don't know it, the website offers free eBooks in return for writing honest reviews and has a varied selection of independent publications. The Brain Within Its Groove by L.N. Nino is one such story.

This literary novella is titled for an Emily Dickinson poem, a connection that initially passed me by as I'd not read any of her work. Nino's writing is beautifully elegant and 'old-fashioned', but in a good way, the prose flowing like that of a classic Victorian author. His imagery is vivid with each word appearing to have been considered and deliberated over. I was surprised to read writing of this calibre for free! Whether the psychiatric science is valid or imagined I cannot say, but certainly the mood and atmosphere ring true and I particularly appreciated the restraint of the writing as we grew closer to its horrific conclusion. Scenes are generally far more frightening when the reader's imagination is primed then let loose, and Nino has gauged this perfectly for maximum effect. Perhaps I would have liked characters other than the narrator to have been more fully developed, but I understand that within the short space of a novella this would have upset the pace of the tale.
I will definitely be looking out for more work by L.N. Nino and would recommend this book for fans of subtle creeping horror.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not An Enjoyable Read for the Uneducated 15 May 2014
By Viga Boland, author No Tears for my Father - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It's rare that I feel compelled to read what other reviewers have said about a book before I write my own review. But this was one of occasions because this 60-page novella both annoyed and intrigued me.

Indeed, if I hadn't promised to read this book free in exchange for an honest review as offered by the site at Story Cartel, I most likely wouldn't have persisted past the opening chapter. I selected this book to review based on its eye-catching cover, its title, and the description, all of which led me to believe this was my kind of book. And while the story line was indeed compelling, reading the book was quite demanding for a reader who simply wants to enjoy a good book.

That's not to say this isn't a good book. So what's the problem then? The problem is the author's obvious love of, and rather remarkable ability in using erudite language. He has a massive vocabulary and wants everyone to know it. His opening paragraph in his other book, "The Gray Man" explains why he writes the way he does. He says there that "it seems to be in the public's taste nowadays that all irrelevant minutiae about their dearest characters be specified in the most plain prose." (Dare I correct his grammar here to suggest "the most plain prose" should be "plainest prose"?) The author obviously aspires to a much higher level of writing than the majority of today's writers. His goal is to write classics in the style of old masters that we were forced to read at university. And in that aspiration, he succeeds.

But the question is: who wants to read books written this way on what is actually a rather simple subject: a professor going insane as he discovers his own base motivations and repressed memories that culminate in a sexual orgy between mentally unbalanced inmates on an institution? Aha! Got your attention now eh? Sex sells. But you'll need a university education to understand most of the sentences, and the patience of Job to get to the end without feeling like you've been given a classroom assignment for a book report on one tough book to read. Thank heaven it's a novella and not a 300-page novel!

In all fairness to the author, if one considers that his protagonist is a well-educated man, a member of the medical profession, it does make sense that he would speak and write the way he narrates his story in this book. Such a person most likely wouldn't speak and write like the every day man. And as such a learned member of society, he does come across as rather pompous, as he might well be. In short, this manner of speaking suits him.

I shared some paragraphs from this book with a writer's workshop class that I mentor and watched their eyes widen in confusion. Yes, they could understand what he was saying but all agreed the book would be a great exercise in learning how to apply the KISS rule to writing. But of course, simple is the last thing the author wants his writing to be and that's his prerogative. As L.N. Nino says of his writing style:

"Every book I publish is a new draft of the very last one I'll ever write. This means not that my books lack in quality. Quite the contrary, it means that with each book I'll try to create the best piece of fiction I am capable of, and to surpass everything I have already done, until the time when I am satisfied that I wrote a book good enough to stand side-by-side with the greatest works of Universal Literature."

Well he's on track for achieving that admirable goal I suppose. But whether he'll attract followers and readers as he charts his course toward writing excellence is another story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brain Within Its Groove 29 April 2014
By LoveBooks83 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Brain Within Its Groove chronicles the life of a doctor who is suffering from nightmares that haunt him even during the day. When his terrors begin to paralyze him physically, he realizes the only cure is to revisit the unspeakable memories locked deep within his psyche. As he works with another psychoanalyst – a would-be protégé of his own work – he must face the darkest moments of his career and his life.

The Brain within its Groove takes its title from an Emily Dickinson poem. It is interesting to read the story from the doctor’s point of view. Even as his tone and word choice indicate he is making a report for future psychoanalysts to study (as he indeed is), first-person perspective as always creates a heightened emotional environment and, for me at least, allows me to invest more fully in the character. This investment is doubly important because only the doctor and Isadore stand out in the handful of characters populating the novella – the others, while named, are only briefly described and exist only to drive the narrative between the two.

This story was altogether intriguing, and Nino wove it with great economy – in many cases, leaving much of the interpretation up to the reader. For example, an important exchange between the doctor and his nurse, Miss Pattinson, had more implied significance than the exposition created. Isadore’s unique mental condition also left room for questions and assumptions that the doctor himself never seems to answer. The climax itself is so powerful because of the doctor’s reluctance to share the memory in detail, instead requiring the reader to draw her own conclusions about what really happened. Therein lays the appeal of this novella: the reader must get her brain in its own particular groove to not only follow the story, but also understand or ponder the parts that remain untold.

The only real drawback of The Brain Within Its Groove was a small number of grammatical errors that can be easily corrected in its digital format.
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