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Occupied de Joss Sheldon
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Occupied (edició 2015)

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SOME PEOPLE LIVE UNDER OCCUPATION. SOME PEOPLE OCCUPY THEMSELVES. NO ONE IS FREE. Get your copy of Joss Sheldon's best-selling novel today... Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real. Walk side-by-side with a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. And watch on as the world around you transforms from a halcyon past into a dystopian future. Inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet, and by the corporate occupation of the west, 'Occupied' is a haunting glance into a society which is a little too familiar for comfort. Powerful, dark, dystopian and magical; Occupied truly is a unique piece of literary fiction... "Darker than George Orwell's 1984" - AXS "Candid and disquieting" - Free Tibet "Genre-busting" - Pak Asia Times "Brilliant" - Middle East Monitor "A must read" - Buzzfeed SCROLL UP AND GRAB A COPY NOW!!!… (més)
Membre:Joss_Sheldon
Títol:Occupied
Autors:Joss Sheldon (Autor)
Informació:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015), Edition: 1.0, 354 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:Occupation, Occupy, Palestine, Kurdistan, Tibet, Radical, Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, Dystopian

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While it did take me 3 tries to get into this book, I’m glad I stuck with it. Occupied is a thought-provoking work. The three main characters, Tamsin, Ellie, and Arun, start off as kids, each coming from different backgrounds. As they age, they are pulled apart and their friendships set aside though they do occasionally intersect later in the story. A fourth pivotal character, Charlie, comes into the tale much later.

While this story qualifies as a satire, I did feel that I would have gotten quite a bit more out of it if I was more knowledgeable on Middle East politics (past and present). For the most part, the story stood on it’s own though I admit that I often lost track of which character is a Godly versus a Holy. I had the feeling that the underlying alluded to politics were more important than the story and I really just wanted to be swept up into the tale.

There is a lot of repetition in this book. Lots. That is the main thing that kept me from getting caught up in this book. If the book was 1/3 to 1/2 as long I feel that it would have more of punch, the important scenes would hit harder, and there would be more poignancy to the disturbing bits. All those things exist in the book as it is but you have to wade through the repetition to get to them.

The last fifth of the book was my favorite. It takes us into a near-future view of a consumer driven society. It definitely had that Brave New World vibe which I quite enjoyed. Also, I didn’t feel I had to be knowledgeable about certain politics to get what the story was telling me. This was the most chilling part of the book because there’s a society-encompassing apathy whereas the rest of the book has plenty of emotions flying around as one wrong is done after another, usually in the name of Right.

So, all told, I’m glad I finished it and I can see how fans of the satire genre would be interested in checking this book out. While the repetition and my lack of great knowledge on the politics alluded to made this book a bit of a chore to get through, it did end on a very strong note that resonated with me. 3.5/ 5 stars.

The Narration: Jack Wynters gave a decent performance. He had some accents and some voice range though not all of his characters were distinctly performed. He sounded interested in the story for the entire book never going deadpan bored. The pacing was good and there were no technical issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

➜ This audiobook was received at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. ( )
  DabOfDarkness | Jan 29, 2018 |
I just finished this incredible book; then I sat in pure awe. I needed time to process the fantasy yet reality of this book. That is what also took me so long to read it. I won't even dare to give away the ending. I fear, with the choices of Presidential nominees, if nothing huge changes and fast, that Section Three of this book may happen to us all. It is such a profound and poignant book. It really makes one really think and understand our world, and that what goes around, comes around.

I really couldn't believe the amount of genius that Joss Sheldon placed in this book. It shows our history (world history), disguised so brilliantly in the form of four different main characters in the form of "FICTION". It totally blurs the line as to what is fact versus what is fiction. I laughed at certain parts, that maybe I shouldn't have; after discussing them with the brilliantly talented author. I got bored in parts that I truly believe the author wanted us to feel the boredom of the characters. And, then the elation and the absolute hope that these characters felt at that specific time in the book. It is another book that is not for the faint of heart.

Why do I bring this up? The author is quite raw and unabashedly in the use of foul language WHERE IT IS APPROPRIATELY NECESSARY TO CERTAIN SITUATIONS IN THE BOOK. In other words, he really swears and cusses where it is called for in the book by the characters, themselves. It truly is appropriate for the time. So, if you want to put the blame on someone, don't put the blame it on Mr. Sheldon. Put the blame on the time and the feelings of what the characters are enduring right at the time that the cussing comes out. Once again, it brings out the brilliant writing and certain meaning and feeling that the author wants us, the readers, to feel right alongside the characters, themselves. Mr. Sheldon wants us to think the characters' thoughts and feel the characters' feelings right alongside each of his characters.

This was an extremely well thought out book in its entirety. Brilliant writing by a brilliant author. Mr. Sheldon, I stand up and give you a standing ovation, and I am certain that I am one among many. I don't feel lonely at all. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read and honestly review a free copy of this book that you have given me, as I most possibly could. I could not give this book the true justice that is due. As well, I thank you for answering my question in writing. I most truly feel honored by your response, that in itself, I never expected. I feel humbled and blessed. ( )
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SOME PEOPLE LIVE UNDER OCCUPATION. SOME PEOPLE OCCUPY THEMSELVES. NO ONE IS FREE. Get your copy of Joss Sheldon's best-selling novel today... Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real. Walk side-by-side with a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. And watch on as the world around you transforms from a halcyon past into a dystopian future. Inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet, and by the corporate occupation of the west, 'Occupied' is a haunting glance into a society which is a little too familiar for comfort. Powerful, dark, dystopian and magical; Occupied truly is a unique piece of literary fiction... "Darker than George Orwell's 1984" - AXS "Candid and disquieting" - Free Tibet "Genre-busting" - Pak Asia Times "Brilliant" - Middle East Monitor "A must read" - Buzzfeed SCROLL UP AND GRAB A COPY NOW!!!

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