when an author reviews their own book…

It Is certainly not a pat on the back.

nor IS IT really a “review”..feels more like a need to explain…perhaps arm chair psychoanalysis…

on Goodreads.

If you want to experience the inner workings of a mind trapped between the worlds above and below ground,

If you want to experience the redefinition of the terms shrewd, bimbo, legit, politically correct and feminism,

If you want to question values,

If you want to just feel what another person ‘thinks’,

If you want to be where the lines of flawed and functional blur,

YOU NEED TO MEET MARKELLA. READ HER DIARY.

BELOW IS AN EXCERPT. NO. NOT FROM THE BOOK. BUT FROM A ‘REVIEW OF SORTS’. YES. THE REVIEW I WROTE. THE ‘NEED TO EXPLAIN’ REVIEW. THE ARMCHAIR ANALYST BLITZ.

(WHY NOT?)

SUZY VALTSIOTI

A REVIEW: AN EXCERPT

Markella, the keeper of the diary, and the pages she has written are the ‘plot’….

…MARKELLA IS SOMEONE THAT A READER NEEDS TO ‘GET USED TO’.

HER FLAWS ARE THERE FOR A REASON. SHE REPEATS HERSELF CONSTANTLY BECAUSE SHE IS SCATTERED, STRESSED AND MISUNDERSTOOD. SHE BARELY EXPLAINS THINGS AS SHE WRITES ABOUT THEM – …HER WRITTEN THOUGHTS APPEAR SCATTERED AND INCOMPLETE. BUT THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED SINCE SHE ISN’T WRITING TO INFORM YOU, THE READER, OF ANYTHING LEADING INTO HER STORY LINE – BUT RATHER, SHE IS WRITING ONLY FOR HERSELF. …

…ON THE ONE HAND SHE WANTS TO ‘PROTECT’ CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS FROM CERTAIN SITUATIONS, AND YET SHE SEEMS TO ACCOMPLISH THE OPPOSITE IN HER WRITING. … IS THIS INTENTIONAL FROM HER PART? IS THIS A ‘GOOD/BAD’ ISSUE?

AND THAT BRINGS ME TO THE GREATER ‘GOOD/BAD’ ISSUE.

USUALLY CRIMINALS ENGAGING IN UNDERGROUND ORGANIZED CRIME ACTIVITY ARE VIEWED FROM ‘OUR SOCIETAL PERSPECTIVE’ AS ‘THE BAD GUYS’. IN THIS CASE, I WANTED TO HAVE THESE PERSONA …ON HER PAGES, AS SHE SEE THEMSELVES AS BEING IN THEIR WORLD- AS THE ‘GOOD GUYS’ – I WANTED TO CREATE A WHOLE NARRATIVE, OR ‘STREAM OF BLURB’ TAKEN COMPLETELY FROM THIS P.O.V. VERSION OF LIFE IN SOCIETY …

…Markella seems to forget her woes from one moment to another, … she jumps from lamenting straight into gossip mode, explaining trivia in her diary as if she were actually conversing with ‘someone’ (making the reader wonder if she was actually aware of them, addressing them).

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