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Re with atmospheric pollution and chemical treatment Those who could afford to bought the special food bought their face masks for high polution days bought their private insurance for high speed surgery only poor people ever seemed to die from cutis poor people far away or poor people at home who didn t take care of THEMSELVES ONLY THE FECKLESS AND FARAWAY HAD ANYTHING TO Only the feckless and faraway had anything to And even chillingly the authorities use the state of environmental crisis to facilitate aggressive policies which further exacerbate this divide shutting down on rural services carrying out a form of socio ethnic cleansing aimed at the poor the rural and the original native population who are encouraged to displaced people s camps and ramping up the use of offshore displaced people s camps to stop would be immigrants reaching the mainland A reader cannot help me reminded of the way in which the financial crisis was used to justify austerity policiesAnd then the same theme of sealing off is examined personally in terms of Alice and her relationships Alice is an introvert and also someone who has sealed herself of emotionally unwilling to expose herself to the dangers of relationships and make herself vulnerable to hurt When she first realises Pete a childhood friend loves her she thinks What bit of the tiny sliver of myself that I allowed to escape can possibly have of the tiny sliver of myself that I allowed to escape can possibly have ou enough grounds for love When she does open up to Pete and is hurt her mental skin seals back over and she holds herself back from any future commitment even after the unplanned pregnancy forces them back together After her first enthusiasm and betrayal she reflects on relationships that after the first flames everything is just dying sparks an interesting counterpoint to the title of Raising Sparks which is taken from its Job sourced epigraph Her emotional distance applied also to her mother in fact she realises that Pete as a child was closer to her mother who Alice pushed away and now that distance and sealing off threatens to apply to her unborn child The author with past success as a short story and novella writer makes a very successful transition to the novel form managing to pack in a range of themes in in a relatively short novel And just as these themes have been explored the book then ends in a horrific visceral but still intriguingly open climax Recommended A woman gets pregnant unexpectedly just as the world careens toward a the most horrific eco disaster CFNM Model you can imagine The writing was great the emotional landscape was truthful and I m going to read everything Naomi Booth writes from now onMy fondest delight when it came to my reading experience with this book was the birth scene I don t think it s much of a spoiler to say there is a birth scene since the whole book before then is the story of a ponderously pregnant woman searching for a safe place to give birth while simultaneously coping with some seriously creepy eco disaster action This birth scene when it comes is magnificently done Ok it ignores the way that every contraction in actual birth is a peak experience of sortsbut even without that explicit kind of veracity the scene captures the deep heart horrific truth about birth It captures what it s like to haveour body taken over by a primal force over which ou have no control No matter how great a woman s individual birth experience might be or how great she happens to remember it being later when it s over every laboring happens to remember it being later when it s over every laboring comes to understand at some point unless she is utterly etherized that her body is no longer hersand that realization can be momentarily disorienting or completely terrifying depending on how ou feel in general about experiencing a total loss of control of our body Naomi Booth nails itSo at the heart of this eco horror fiction Naomi Booth has slyly written the best metaphor for birth terror that I ve ever read Yeah Go Naomi Booth I m a fan After the first flames everything is just dying sparksThis was an interesting if jumbled read I liked the uncertainty and the real horror of it But I didn t like the feeling of really wondering what was going on and if the MC Alice was just imagining it all or if it was really happening I felt like the world was just barely opened up to us with so much possibility Was Alice really breathing anything in I wanted so much world and information less about Alice s own musing and memories It s an original story for sure and an interesting horror idea This was uick and original and intensely creepy Don t think Pete worked as a character and didn t fancy the ending but entertaining nonetheless. Ce to forget the nightmares and start their little family But the mountains and their people hold a different kind of dangerWith their relationship under intolerable pressure violence erupts and Alice is faced with the unthinkable as she fights to protect her unborn chil. ,
Indoors where it can be kept pure from pollution The cities spend most of their time shrouded in smog The way the government tries to deal with it all is to move people into camps for their own safety This all feels like it could be us in the next few ears On top of all this there is a disease spreading which causes skin to grow over any openings on The Seduction Expert (The Seduction Expert your bodyThe books main characters are Ali and Pete who are expecting their first child and have moved out of the city to escape the disease and smog They have a nice house with nice views but there just isn t any way to escape the damage caused to the planetThe story hasou on the edge of our seat the last 40 pages are truly incredible jaw dropping at times I hope this book gets noticed by loads of readers because it deserves to become one of the top books of 2018Blogpost here Wow When a book is written in a context that could actually happen that s horror I highly highly recommend this book Part of the 2018 Guardian Not The Booker shortlist for which I am delighted to have been picked as a judge book is published by Dead Ink a UK small press focused on bringing the most challenging and experimental new writing out from the underground and present it to our audience in the most beautiful way possible Impressively Dead Ink have two books on the Guardian 2018 Not The Booker shortlist this picked by public vote and Three Dreams In The Key Of G picked by last ear s judgesThis book could be best described as a near future dystopian eco horror based around pregnancy Perhaps the nearest recent literary euivalents are the haunting motherhood based Fever Dream shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize and the fragmentary novella The End We Start From where a new mother flees apocalyptic floodsIn this book the first party 30 weeks pregnant narrator Alice has recently left the City clearly Sydney to move out to the countryside The Blue Mountains together with her partner Pete who initially comes across as a fairly one dimensional Aussie bloke For Alice a worker in the local housing department it is a chance to move away urban environmental pollution "before it is too late In particular she is obsessed by a relatively new condition "it is too late In particular she is obsessed by a relatively new condition has emerged Cutis first observed in the local waste dump by a down and out whose mouth has sealed over asphyxiating him Whereas official reports downplay the danger of this condition Alice through her work internet research and blogging is convinced it is far widespread and common that admitted and has contributed to many deaths ascribed to other conditions including that of her mother For Pete he is also looking for a clean start and new environment but the pollution he thinks that they are escaping is Alice s obsession with the condition which he sees as verging on hysterical later another male character Paulie drags her away at a barbeue claiming Before Watchmen (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre, you had a total epi out thereou re having a panic attack that is all Interestingly as an aside the author a teacher of creative writing has an academic specialism in the literary history of swooningLike another book on the Not The Booker shortlist Raising Sparks the epigraph is taken from The Book of Job in this case Job 108 11 which in verse 11 says Thou didst clothe me with skin and fleshHowever the key text to understanding this book Alice remembers from her childhood her single parent mother estranged from her strict non conformist British parents draws on her vet s assistant experience to comfort Ali through her childhood cuts and scrapes by reassuring her That s how clever the skin is she said it makes the bad things disappear Most obviously this comes across in the condition Cutis Even after the first outbreaks an expert diagnoses a potential link with pollution and with the skin s mechanisms The condition might he suggested be similar in mechanism to an auto immune disease a potentially deadly misdirected defence response The skin in these cases was acting in aberrant ways knitting together in disastrous patterns might it be he speculated that the skin was attempting to protect the BODY FROM DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS SEALING THE BODY OFF from dangerous environmental pollutants sealing the body off the process However what is impressive about the novel is how the same ideas are also examined from different anglesThe Cutis disease exacerbates two existing divides in society between the privileged and the disadvantaged the rich increasingly sealing themselves off from the poor the first world seeking to seal itself off from the third world For those with expensive tastes protected food guaranteed an indoor reared product with minimal exposu. T a mother’s fight to surviveHeavily pregnant Alice and her partner Pete are done with the city Above all Alice is haunted by the rumours of the skin sealing epidemic starting to infect the urban population Surely their new remote mountain house will offer safety a pla.