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Pythia in the Basement

Maybe you’ve thought that existence is a weird thing. The fact that you’re born, you grow, and you observe until one day, time runs out – and if you enjoy contemplating the meaning of life but want to bypass the delicateness of offending the layman, then this thought-provoking book is for you.

One of the chapters in this book summarizes Marron’s work perfectly: peculiar. A refreshing piece that will smack you in the face and make you laugh, Marron has embodied the absurdist fiction genre perfectly as we follow the experiences of character leads, Colin and Roger.

The author has created authentic characters that were enjoyable to follow while avoiding the sugar-coated hero cliche. Colin is abrasive. His flaws were openly stated and visually displayed throughout the book; through workplace affairs or openly stating that he possesses hedonistic tendencies, yet his character supports BLM and hates being late. The confluence of these ideas made his character very intriguing. I really enjoyed how this character comes together. Roger on the other hand is a polymath dubbed both a bullshit artist and poet. I loved the passion embedded into him and felt he was the perfect storm of knowledge, chaos and questioning the system. Together the two juxtaposed conspiracy theories of all sorts.

A special commendation must be made to the short chapters, its hook was executed brilliantly. The writing style was punchy, shocking and prevented the reader from being able to form an opinion about the characters too quickly. It enhanced the matter-of-fact tone that intelligently explores philosophical themes in a no-nonsense fashion, all whilst set in a world with little care about the purpose of existence. Each chapter was loaded with dialogue and insights into topics like Sharia law, drugs and human sacrifice. While providing plenty of entertaining and food for thought the story ends just as quickly as it takes off.

Pythia in the Basement is a fascinating story with compelling characters and sharp satire that explores some provocative and intriguing ideas.

Pages: 237 | ASIN : B0BKDF7B4S

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The White Colossus

The White Colossus by Enne Baker is an alluring and visionary collection of poems that touch upon subjects like life, death, cosmic energy and nature, and much more. The author provides twenty poems in this collection where he talks about both the beauty of life and peace within death. This fascinating book will take you on a thought-provoking journey, starting with Baker’s thoughts towards death, his belief in love and God, and his acceptance of life.

Author Enne Baker is a powerful writer, and his poems exude emotion. While I was reading the poems, I felt uncomfortable, intrigued, and left in my thoughts. Baker expresses his thoughts and feelings so well that each poem resonated with me, and I wanted to read more. I enjoyed the diversity of the poems because I didn’t know what to expect, which was a nice treat.

Baker’s comparisons of life to objects are made so seamlessly that when you stop to think about what you’ve just read, you realize that the author just compared the mending of a body to that of a car being built. Some poems I found were hard to understand and required me to really think about what the author was saying in the piece. However, these poems did not stop me from continuing to read the collection but rather slow down and ponder my own feelings and thoughts.

Enne Baker’s words paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind and captivate your thoughts and emotions, making this one book that you will read more than once. The White Colossus is a brilliant collection of poetry that will leave readers better than when they picked up the book.

Pages: 63 | ASIN : B09JBZKWYS

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