Sunday, September 29, 2013

{Review} All Points North by Shelby R. Lee III

ISBN #: 978-1432755690
Page Count: 192
Copyright: August 23, 2010
Publisher: Outskirts Press

(Taken from back cover)

A remarkable- and moving-psychological journey into an unseen interior world.

Sometimes comical, always moving, and often starkly painful, the stories in this unique collection share one overriding similarity: an extraordinary ability to reveal the deep psychological complexities of the human experience. In All Points North, author Shelby Lee targets the unseen mental landscape that informs our daily lives. Here are 13 short stories that trace the roots of grief, anger, psychological torment and sorrow, and shine a much a needed light on our seemingly unexplainable behavior and attitudes.

A wide-ranging and ambitious collection, All Points North is a remarkable first work as intricate and nuanced as its subject matter.

Charlene's Review:

I have agonized over this review for a few days. While I appreciate Mr. Lee’s enthusiasm and dedication to the writing process, All Points North left me wandering, confused. His stream of consciousness writing made little sense to me and I had a hard time following the plot, or keeping my focus. I don’t usually read other reviews prior to writing my own, but in an effort to be fair, in case I just didn’t "get" his writing, I took a look. I am not alone in my opinion.

As a first-time work, Mr. Lee shows a lot of intelligence and potential for future projects, but I would hope he would take a closer look into his style and take the constructive criticism as a tool to further his work. My best wishes to him in his future endeavors.

*A physical copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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