Singular Points (2013)
Singular Points (2013)
4.3 of 5 Votes: 4
DeadPixel Publications
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Singular Points” introduces us to David. His wife has just died, which sends him spiralling into grief and anger. His despair over his loss leaves David hopeless and unable to control even the simplest of emotions. At first you’re all “This shit is heavy,” and it is, but Mohrman’s writing style keeps you reading anyway, although you want to bawl right along with David, which makes reading kind of challenging. (Not that I cried. We know I don’t do that.)The really cool thing about this book is the hidden layers. On the surface, it’s just a story about really cool stuff happening, but there’s an intangible weight to the words and events within it, so you start looking deeper as you read. For example, David’s grief carries him into an alternate plane, but this parallel reality David experiences isn’t really that far-fetched. When you lose someone you love, it's like having a piece of your heart or soul ripped out, and the grief is often so intense that you really do exist on a different “plane” than everyone around you. So even though supernatural things are happening in this story that never happen in real life, the reader can totally relate to the symbolism of the world Mohrman creates.Okay, that’s as deep as I get folks. Let’s move on to why I think you should read this book. (I’m trying not to give away any spoilers.)“Singular Points” tackles themes and concepts that can be pretty explosive, like creation according to science and faith, spiritualism, and alternate realities, but it's subtle, not preachy. You don't feel as though you have to pick sides and you don't feel the author is doing so either. And (possibly the most important part of all) it’s funny. The heavy content of the book is brilliantly balanced with humor and his writing style is economical, but not harsh. Mohrman doesn’t clutter the story with a bunch of frilly words, which would be hard to resist given the themes of the story, and there’s a subtle… reassurance (?) in the narrative. I don’t know how to describe it. You’d have to read it. So do it now. Contemplating existence and alternative theories of reality...I love this genre. Mohrman assembles a fun cast of characters that stumble upon parallel universes that are stacked around ours like sheets of paper. The debate of an omnipresent God is hashed out around campfires and fish tanks. And the answer was like debating whether "broccoli tastes good or not."As he's done in previous work, Mohrman uses humor to good effect. I had a few LOL moments, highlighting some of my favorite lines ("meditation makes me poop") as I went along. The stories ends with a metaphysical shootout between dogs, cats, and the energy of the universe. And were we fit in. A good book to ask the big questions.
F-word in the first few pages. Not a good sign for the rest of the book. oh well!
Nice concept, but the frat boy/family man Brian was a little off-putting.
Kind of odd, but not a bad read.
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