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Jason Donnelly is a young guy and his humor is a young guy's humor (20 to 30 something). I could see the "young guy" in his writing, plus a lot of Jason Donnelly the person. Gripped's principle character, Mark, is a likable guy because Jason Donnelly is a likable guy. My point is as a writer, I don't believe the principle character and the author should be so closely associated. I believe the writing and the author should be invisible. Only the style of the writer should be available to the reader. At the same time, I can't imagine how Jason can avoid this until time develops a recognizable writing style in his work.
A writer's writing will always reveal the quality of his thinking and the quality of his thinking is revealed in the story arc. Jason doesn't use an arc in the telling of Gripped. He uses the side of a bell curve. His principle character, Mark, is found in curious circumstances, questions arise in the reader's mind, there's a girl and the mysterious death of a weird neighbor. Then the antagonist becomes more aggressive and demanding. From then on, the reader is flying straight up the side of the bell.
I judge a book by the amount of time between putting it down and picking it up again. This is influenced by what I do other than read, but every time I picked up Gripped, I was happy to get back into that world again.
Throughout the story, I had the intuitive notion Mark wasn't getting all the benefits of masturbation. As often as it is mentioned, it carries no more prominence than his three S's. If I must be informed about Mark's masturbation, I'd find more readability in what erotica is going through his head and with whom while he's chopping the cookie. He gives us the details of the music that wakes him every morning by song and group, but he never tells us about the chic he's walloping during his masturbatory fantasies. It was an opportunity missed to further develop the character. I say, if you're going to give your character a quirk, work it. Give it some opera.
There are a few elements of the story I felt lacking. I would like to have seen more of a struggle to resist the antagonist to give me a major conflict. It would have raised my concern and developed an admiration for Mark. Instead, he wanders through his day-to-day life as it happens to him rather than trying to take control. His sheepish acceptance to the manipulation and his Alice-like acceptance of the wonder land he stumbles into made me shift in my seat a little. I would have liked to see more passion between Mark and the girl to make what was inevitable more difficult for him and would have created another conflict.
Donnelly's narrative is consistent, believable and well done. And Gripped has a clever plot idea that held my interest.
Ordinarily, when I read today's fiction, I learn what not to do in my own writing. Reading Gripped showed me a few things I should do. So, the exchange between me an Jason Donnelly was a win-win situation. If you ask me, I say buy it. It's a good read. As he gets older, and providing he keeps writing, Jason Donnelly will make a name for himself as a writer. There's nothing to hold Jason Donnelly back but Jason Donnelly.
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Liverpool v Man U. Just like olds times.
United's clash with Liverpool is one of the biggest games in world football, and on 16 March 2014 you could get closer to the action like never before with Front Row.
The champions have teamed up with Google+ to launch the historic campaign which will change what it means to be a global football fan forever. We will offer a select group of our international fanbase the chance to cheer on the team at Old Trafford, live – no matter where they are in the world.
For the first time in football, supporters will be streamed live onto the pitchside hoardings, thanks to Google+ Hangouts – the free multi-person video call feature. They will be able to show their backing directly to their beloved team, roaring David Moyes' men on in a massive fixture.
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