Charlie Purcell

Bumthang, Bhutan

Charlie is an American living in the tiny Himayalan kingdom of Bhutan. He spends his time hiking, writing, and eating way too much of the local food.

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Very Thorough World-Building

While there are some problems with grammar and punctuation, I'm impressed by how well-thought-out and detailed this story is. Clearly, the author spent a lot of time planning the specifics of his alternate reality, end-of-the-world scenario. Really detailed stuff, and instantly intriguing. I'd be happy to read more from this fictional world.

(Also, hello to the Nepalese author! I'm from Bhutan.)

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Creepy and Powerful

This story (so far) really unnerved me. Each alternating chapter is told from the POV of a profoundly disturbed person, and I honestly felt dirty after each one. The other chapters (told from another POV) are easier to take. Still, this is some creepy, interesting stuff, and I'd like to see more.

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Creepy and (Overall) Enjoyable Story

This story made me think of the early 80s horror film "The Pit." Similar gimmick, except this story is much trippier than the movie.

I enjoyed the head-hopping between the two POV characters, although it would help the reading experience if the author divided up the chapters a little more. Still, the story was understandable overall, and there were more than a few moments that creeped me out.

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A Promising Review

This story hooked me instantly. Right away, I knew that I had to find out what would happen to Charlotte. The action--especially at the beginning--is jarring and powerful. After that, the story does a good job of slowly introducing more of the secondary characters, all while staying focused on Charlotte's broken feelings.

My big issue with the story so far is that there are many problems with grammar. The sentences go from past tense to present tense over and over. These little mistakes distracted me from an otherwise powerful beginning to the story.

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A Short, Simple Meditation Guide

I wanted to review this short meditation guide for a few reasons. First, I wanted to let readers know that this is not a novel. There are no characters and no plot. It's simply a meditation guide.

Second, I wanted to let people know that, as a guide, "Peace" is very straight-forward and simple to understand. I plan to follow its steps this week and see if I can become a less anxious person. While there are spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes, none of these problems make the guide hard-to-understand. It's very simple and fast.

Overall, "Peace" is a hard book to review, because it's so short, and because it's not a novel. However, it succeeds in what it's trying to do: give readers step-by-step meditation advice.

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Micro-Chapters Tell an Interesting Story

I love books with short chapters. They make the reading experience propulsive and fast. This story takes that benefit to a whole new level. Each chapter is just a few paragraphs long, showing tiny glimpses of the story to come.

I've only read the beginning of the story, but I'm really intrigued to read an entire novel told in such short bursts of prose. This could be a really interesting reading experience.

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A Great Start So Far

I've only read the first chapter, but I was hooked right away. The story bravely starts in second-person, unraveling in one long, stream-of-consciousness paragraph until we realize the true nature of who the "narrator" is. From there, we meet the main character's mother, and see a bit of how the main character views the supportive people around her.

I'm excited to see how this plays out. I'm not sure if this is going to be a tale of redemption or self-destruction. Either way, I'm on board.

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