Review: Fountain of Drowned Memories

The moment that I realized that Erik Hofstatter had released a short story, I found myself extremely excited. I have read some of his previous works, The Pariahs, and Moribund Tales, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. I had really high hopes for his latest work, Fountain of Drowned Memories and I was not disappointed, in fact I’ve actually read it four times since my initial read through.

From the moment that you start reading, it is clear that there is something wrong. It opens with the main character, Lorcan, a name that is unusual and that I love it. He finds himself staring stains, scared because they seem to be watching him and he has no idea where they came from, in fact, Lorcan doesn’t know much about anything.

Erik does an amazing job at keeping the reader guessing about what is really going on. Has this poor old man been captured? Tortured and forced to be in a small, dingy cell? Is it something more sinister or is it something completely unknown? Or is it something easily explained?

Well, I’m not going to tell you, I want you to read it and see for yourself!

I will tell you, that I am a very picky reader, but I absolutely loved Fountain of Drowned Memories. I managed to figured out what was really happening about ¾ of the way through, and even then it didn’t take away any of the enjoyment.

Without giving anything away, I loved the way that Erik was able to convey what people who deal with what Lorcan is going through, through his own eyes, putting a new perspective on the issue that people never really discuss.

Also, a quick side note, I love how Erik wrote Lorcan’s accent into the story, I could almost hear it in my head as I read an it added to the story’s emersion.

If you have a little free time, I highly recommend that you read it and check out his other works. I’ll add links to both below.

 

Happy Reading,

Canada’s Bookworm.

 

Fountain of Drowned Memories

Other Works

 

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1984: A Classic that speaks for itself

I feel like I should apologize for having fallen behind. Things have been extremely hetic, I co-produced a documentary about superhero films for college, a close family member passed away (R.I.P Aunt Karen), I’ve been looking for a job and last Monday, I finally graduated from college! But enough of that, here are my thoughts on George Orwell’s 1984.

I honestly don’t know how I got out of high school without reading 1984, but I’m glad that I finally got to it. For the (very) few who haven’t read it, 1984 follows Winston Smith as he deals with oppression in Oceania, where citizens are examined by the Party on a daily basis for every action they do, with Big Brother leading them.

People in Oceania are banned from being individuals abd Winston chooses to voise his opinions and displeasure in a diary. Eventually, he ends up in a relationship with Julia, a co-worker, and then ends up having the unwanted attention of the Opposition. I could tell you more, but you’ve either read it already, or will read it yourself.

Honestly, I didn’t love, nor did I hate this book, which makes me glad that I didn’t have to read it in school and probably a part of why it took so long to finish. I’m still glad that I read it though.

I did make a lot of connections between the book world and the world that we live in. Today, almost everything that you do online, or in public can be tracked. Webcams can be hacked, websites tracked, CCTV is becoming more and more common in cities and you can be tracked with the GPS on your phone. In addition to this, the NSA have their hands in everything and freedom of speech is getting less and less ‘free’. I really could go on forever about this, but I wont. This mirrors the book in the way that Big Brother always knows.

Its because of these similarities that I think the book is important. Why? Because it can serve as a cautionary tale, too much surveillence or a lack of choice makes for unhappy citizens and eventually rebellion.

I don’t really have too much to say about 1984, I think the book speaks pretty well for itself.

Stay tuned later this week when I review Erik Hofstatter’s short story, Fountain of Drowned Memories.

After that I’ll be reading The Martian by Andy Weir.

 

Happy Reading,

Canada’s Bookworm.