Monday, February 13, 2012

Charlene Reviews: Four D by Gregory Morrison

ISBN #: 978-1463792664
Page Count: 180
Copyright: November 23, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace

(Taken from Amazon)

Four D consists of four chapters: "Space," "Four Rooms," "The Principle of Luidgi," and "Guest."

"Space" is a story about disappearances. The characters live in a world of disappearing people and objects, which might or might not be important. In such a flexible reality, one should not get used to or attached to anything. However, the main character falls in love and finds a best friend despite all risks. To top it all off, he is visited by Space - the power that stands behind all the disappearances.

"Four Rooms" is a story about a young woman called Elise. Elise had always been a prisoner of her own mind. But at some point everything took a turn. She had to make a stand when she found herself at a life changing situation in a dark room with four doors. She has to open all doors and enter every room with its own mystery and secrets and has to do it immediately. Going through the four rooms is a challenge Elise has to complete to find something she needs so badly - the truth.

"The Principle of Luidgi" is a story about Luidgi. Luidgi has everything: a beautiful girlfriend, a good job, a lovely apartment, trusted friends but instead of being happy and grateful he's sick and tired of it all. Luidgi decides to change everything despite all costs.

"Guest" is a story about the character who wants to meet the Guest. Finally one day he makes decision to do "it" and Guest arrives. Now all his questions are about to be answered, but is it really what he wants?

These tense mysterious stories with incredibly engaging plots will not leave any reader feeling indifferent.

Charlene's Review:

Four D is a compilation of stories to baffle and confuse. "Space" seemed rather disjointed and left me dreading the coming chapters. "The Four Doors" was not quite as confusing, but lacked a polished finish. "The Principle of Luidgi" was by far my favorite of the four. It at least has a storyline that you can follow, which was very welcomed at this point. "The Guest" was a disappointing follow-up.

I read many other reviews on this book, hoping for some enlightenment, as I simply didn't get it, especially in regards to "Space." I realize it is surrealism, and that is often left to interpretation, however, it may be a little too broad for most people. To even attempt to sum up the stories for the readers is too daunting a task. As much as I hate giving a bad review, Four D, instead of making me think, made my head hurt. I encourage Mr. Morrison, on further writing attempts, to appeal to readers' sensibilities a bit more.

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