JJ

BC Canada

Art, storytelling, and a whole lot of shrugging. Writing on hold.

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So many emotions

This is such a beautiful story with descriptions and characters that'll bring you in and refuse to let go. When I saw the summary mention the first half was erotica/drama and the second half was mystery/horror, I was curious to see how that would work out. Well, it flowed together effortlessly and left me in near tears. The complexities of each character are well explored without lingering on too many details. I'm impressed by how much is conveyed without being explicitly shown. As they say, some things are best left to the imagination, and this story takes advantage of that with the horror. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who's looking to have their heart pulled this way and that. Very deserving of first place in the Mystery/Thriller category of the Coalition Awards, congratulations by the way! (off topic, I made the award sticker :D)

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I'm a fan!

(Trying my best to avoid spoilers!) Even though my cup of tea is more fantasy and sci-fi thriller, this is a story that I can get into. I really enjoyed the balance of inner and outer conflict that's been present, and the more casual narration style helped bring out Alex's character. I feel close to him, getting to see his earlier years through the flashbacks and then better understanding how much has and hasn't changed in the present. I never felt lost throughout this story. It felt like the right amount of information and the development on Alex's thoughts made him feel very three dimensional. I found myself easily relating to his mindset and understanding where he's coming from. "The Anatomy of Alex Tredinnick" couldn't be more fitting of a title (rolls off the tongue too!).

There were some minor errors scattered in each chapter, but nothing major enough to distract from the story. While not perfect, it's otherwise technically solid and very good for a first draft. With some polishing it would be at a five star no problem.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this story. It's easy to get into and once you're hooked, you're hooked.

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Utterly wholesome; it'll make your day!

I am in love with the characters and the unforgettable interactions between them. This story is lighthearted and fun, something that can bring a smile to your face no problem while addressing the pains of constantly trying to live up to harsh parental expectations. The descriptions are also beautiful and you'll find yourself longing to hop through the screen to embrace the setting. I find it difficult to choose a favourite character because I'm gravitating toward them all.

There were some mistakes throughout that could be easily fixed with editing. The dialogue tends to rely on the personalities and speech patterns of the characters rather than attributions to immediately know who's talking, and while I did get confused at times as to who's saying what, it was mostly straightforward. It goes to show how well each character is established, so bravo to that!

Overall, would I recommend this story to others? Yes! Definitely! It'll take your emotions for a ride and won't leave you disappointed.

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