One of the Those Books I Just Didn’t Understand

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The Kraken Sea
by E. Catherine Tobler

I’m sad to say that I didn’t get The Kraken Sea. The atmosphere of the story is stunning. Dark, gritty with just enough mystery to keep me reading, but I struggled so much with the plot.

Here’s what I know. Jackson is coming of age and he’s got some kind of transformation power—think Grimm and Wesen. Some lady in San Francisco wants his power, but I don’t understand what the heck was going on under that bakery across the street from the Moulin Rouge-esque club where Jackson’s love interest (I think that’s what Mae was) works and why this whole story appears to be some kind of weird deja vu for everyone involved. I think there are references to the Fates and maybe this novella is an homage to Lovecraft and Cthulhu. I don’t know.

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Also playing against my connection with the story is the poor layout and formatting. This is a novella so there are no chapters. There did seem to be breaks in the action, there is no major formatting indicator to signify those breaks (maybe a couple of hard returns at most). The text just seemingly runs on for pages and then in the last pages of the book, there is suddenly a character signifying a break in the story.

The whole time I read The Kraken Sea I felt like I was on the outskirts of this story. I don’t know enough of the base mythology to connect with the story and the characters, I was lost during all 122 pages. Honestly, I felt that I wasn’t smart enough to be reading this book.


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One of the Those Books I Just Didn’t Understand

The Kraken Sea

Author: E. Catherine Tobler
Published on: June 21, 2016
Pages: 125
Genres: fantasy, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Down


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About E. Catherine Tobler

E. Catherine Tobler has written an awful lot of things. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Sturgeon Award. She is the senior fiction editor at Shimmer Magazine.

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