Fishing for Light Paperback – 12 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Nathaniel Sewell (1965 - currently above the clover) was born in Lexington, Kentucky. His first novel was, Bobby's Socks. It was not a particularly happy story, but he hopes Fishing for Light might entice a smile.
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Fishing for Light is one of those unsuspecting positive moments that causes subconcious reflection at the same time. At times I found Eddie's lack of gusto hard to stomach but then it only turned into me willing him to develop and grow. For me Professor Quan is lovable, if hard to understand but I am forever besotted by Captain Lovins, even if his reasons for loyalty were sometimes vagues, all the same he is his code and it is admirable.
I hope that if you take on this story, you will read and find Charlene and Raquel. I don't think I need to say much else, just find them for yourself; and for all hope I do not wish a Ms. Prosperina into existence at any point in time!
Technically this book contains far too many grammatical and spelling errors and although I do not think a person's ability to spell adequately should ever hold them back from their dreams; on a professional level, a proofreader is needed as this interrupts the flow of the book making it hard to focus on the story as you try and figure out if what was written is how it was meant to be. Look past all of this and you have an interesting book which just needs a little ironing out to create the right simple connections but characters that have an interesting depth. My last pointer for Mr. Sewell would be to watch the overlapping themes with the characters. Too many of them seem to think in the same way, conversing normally about DNA and the Olympics, I personally found it odd how they all thought in these ways by default yet were sometimes from completely different ends of the spectrum.
The plot is an exercise in surrealism, the author has asserted. It follows the life of Eddie, who has been genetically altered with a chemical grown from pure love. But with sinister agents and business-owners watching his every move, will he manage to follow the path cut out for him?
I know many people will appreciate surrealism like this and I fear it was simply lost on me.
Sewell describes Fishing as a satire but for the life of me, I couldn't see what it was satirising. Besides which, a sentence such as "His saliva the catalyst for an instant cellular tempest attacking his helical shaped DNA structure, altering his life’s instruction manual" may well be a very insightful parody, but that makes it no less impenetrable. Every sentence is straining at the seams with three times too many adjectives. One look at Cormac McCarthy's stark use of language is proof that you don't need reams of description to be a master storyteller.
I cannot get away from the fact that however much Sewell wanted to convey "raw" emotions and ideas, which is an admirable approach for any writer, the story is so difficult to follow clearly. For the most part, the reader stays with Eddie through his remarkable circumstances. The idea of science attempting to create people who will desire only to do good is a concept not dissimilar to Brave New World, also a satire that didn't use comedy, and in many ways similar to this book.
The over-writing calms down towards the end (but even then, we are given epic-sized descriptions such as " a slinky, naturally curly Pippi Longstalking redhead woman") and the story comes to a gradual head. The villain is villainous, the women are girlish, incidental characters are numerous. It is simply a struggle to get there in the end.
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