Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors

Castles A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors When Maggie was six she hid from desert storms under a sink where Comet and Windex were kept Now twenty she welcomes the storms Maggie has been abused torn apart by the sins of others and constantl

  • Title: Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors
  • Author: Benjamin X. Wretlind
  • ISBN: 2940012368416
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Nook
  • When Maggie was six, she hid from desert storms under a sink where Comet and Windex were kept Now twenty, she welcomes the storms Maggie has been abused, torn apart by the sins of others and constantly feels as if she s living on the verge of a grand epiphany Then again, she may just be insane She really doesn t know if the four bodies she dismembered and placed insideWhen Maggie was six, she hid from desert storms under a sink where Comet and Windex were kept Now twenty, she welcomes the storms Maggie has been abused, torn apart by the sins of others and constantly feels as if she s living on the verge of a grand epiphany Then again, she may just be insane She really doesn t know if the four bodies she dismembered and placed inside a rusted Volkswagen Bus are the only bricks left to her castle in the sky, but she hopes you ll understand if they re not.Castles is the story of Maggie and how she built her castle, one brick at a time It s a literary horror novel about love and redemption, belief and revenge and what brings a person to madness Set in a nameless desert in a nameless town, it is the view into the life of a young woman who wonders is madness really mad

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    1. Whoa.I love Speculative Fiction.I love Horror.I LOVED this book! I want to talk about how I felt when I started this last night.I watched in empathy as nine year old Maggie hid in terror of a storm. Her small frame under the sink trying to protect herself. Her alcoholic mother, jeering and deriding her for her weakness. Her grandmother having a zen moment on the porch as Maggie cries.Maggie is telling me about her life, not complaining of her circumstances but showing me the wonder in a child's [...]

    2. If you were to read a newspaper report about a local domestic assault or rape, you might find just the name of the perp and possibly that of the victim’s, and little background of either. The crime has been committed but the reader is left to ponder how things got to this point. The novel “Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors” provides the buildup to such reports. If you’ve ever wondered how people get to the point known as ‘the heat of passion’, you might find Benjami [...]

    3. Castles is one of those books that is tough to read. Not because of the writing, which is tight and professional, but because of the subject matter. Castles is, at its core, a coming of age story that follows a girl, Maggie, from childhood to young adulthood. It is a visceral tale on many levels, one that makes you squirm because what you are reading is so horrible, yet prevalent in the world today. It is a stark story of abuse, rape, victimization and revenge, and there isn't necessarily a happ [...]

    4. Wow am I a slacker! Sorry for skipping out again last week, but I have a review for you today:)The novel:Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors. Castles is a is a horror/revenge story written by Benjamin X. Wretlind. Description:When Maggie was six, she hid from desert storms under the sink where the Comet and Windex were kept. Now twenty, she welcomes the storms. Maggie has been abused, torn apart by the sins of others and constantly feels as if she is living on the verge of some g [...]

    5. Castles held a unique setting that played in two places, it makes a book perfect for a play. I can picture the whole scene in front of me, I can picture the pain Maggie felt, as did her mother, and more interestingly, their craving for it.It had an odd situation of one who does not defend, but seems to stay in a state of being victimized. Castles has a very strong message imparted through the lives of the three women. The metaphors and its story really embed in the reader's mind, and haunts the [...]

    6. Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a girl with Scissors by Benjamin X Wretlind.I received this book through - free after having read a rant by the author. I enjoyed his words so well that even though this is out of my usual genre I decided to give it a try.I admit to being somewhat squeamish sometimes- more so with movies than books. Often enough I've seen movies that have made me shut them off part way through wondering why I endured it that long. This book made me squeamish that way sometimes, but [...]

    7. Often, you can tell on the first page whether a writer knows what he or she is doing. There’s a flow, a grace to the way these writers construct their sentences that makes reading a joy.Ben Wretlind is one of those writers, although his story is anything but joyful. Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors, fits into the “magic realism” category, although I did not know that when I started reading the book.The story begins with Maggie at age six, living in a trailer on the edge [...]

    8. Building Castles in the SkyWhat can I say about Castles by Benjamin X. Wretlind? Based on my main criteria for reviewing I will say this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Simply put, Castles is just damn good. It flows well, moves quickly, had deep interesting characters, and has a plotline that I found intriguing and, at times, fascinating. I read through it in just over a day which wasn’t difficult considering its length. The book is only about 190 pages making it a shorter novel than I usual [...]

    9. When I read the description for this book, I was very intrigued because it isn’t a normal book one would read. I was intrigued about the bodies, and this castle Maggie was trying to built. The story starts out about a little girl in the trailer park. I have to say, I’m glad this is a fictional memoir and not a real one, to think that anyone would have to go through a childhood like Maggie’s is just painful to think about. It does however read like a true memoir and I had to remind myself t [...]

    10. I came across author Benjamin X. Wretlind in the twitter-sphere, clicking on an amazing blog he wrote about paying it forward. From there, I clicked on his novel Castles and read one line on : "When I was six, I hid in the corner of the kitchen, under the sink where the Comet and Windex were kept." I was captivated by that line and instantly downloaded the book before I ever knew what I was getting in to. (My 2nd book in one week that deals with such extreme topics.) I kept telling myself the au [...]

    11. Castles is a book that reads like a memoir. When you read it you believe it is true. The book is filled with believable characters that have lots of problems which they are unwilling to face. It’s hard to read because you believe it is true even though the author says it is fiction. The writing is excellent. It is set in a desert town. It is set up as several distinct stories but with the same characters. The first story involves the main character Maggie and her grandmother. Her mother and ab [...]

    12. I honestly don't know how to write this review. I don't know what I can say about Castles that will be informative to the reader without exposing something that the reader really has to find out for him or herself. I can't tell you the emotions I felt while reading it because I felt all of them, often many of them at the same time. I can't even tell you what kind of a book this is: literary, horror, psychological, supernatural, allegorical, because it is all of those things and more.But I suppos [...]

    13. I must admit I started reading "Castles" back in march and after a few chapters I put it aside. It wasn't because it was terrible but in the beginning it felt more like a fantasy novel(which I'm not a big fan of). After reading all of the great interviews and praise for the book I felt compelled to go back and read it.Am I glad I gave it another chance? HELL YEAH! "Castles" is a slow burning fuse that builds throughout the beginning chapters preparing the reader for the explosions that are to co [...]

    14. When I read the description for this book, I was very intrigued because it isn’t a normal book one would read. I was intrigued about the bodies, and this castle Maggie was trying to built. Review originally posted at Step Into FictionReview completed by:Ashley

    15. 'Castles' was an excellent book! I enjoyed Wretlind's descriptions - the book is written so a reader is pulled into the narrator's tale and it actually becomes believable that Maggie actually lived this life. This book may offend and upset you, but it's definitely worth the read. Not exactly what I was expecting, but definitely is a book I'll read in the future. A great, quick summer read!

    16. I recieved this book free through GoodReads First Reads and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. This book is an easy read but very well written. It's told as a memoir from a young woman that had a lot of disturbing things happen to her as a child. Did she succumb to all the insanity in her life, or did she triumph over it? Read the book, you'll be glad you did.

    17. I loved it. Read it within a single morning more or less. Dark and brutal, perhaps a bit disturbed but also alive and true. The story is about a young girl's view of the world and what is going around her, a view twisted by abuse, neglect and self-deprecation. No deus ex machina, no happy endings, just the cycles of agony and resignation of a trapped life. One has to read it to feel its power.

    18. This is a fictional memoir about a troubled young girl who grows up to be a confused young woman. There is a very thin line between reality and her perceptions of it; it is a line that she crosses very often. What is a vision and what is real is often blurred in this wonderful and complex story.I was very impressed by how the author so deftly handled the portrayal of this character. Count me among the many others who have raved about this writer. He deserves to be recognized as one of the best a [...]

    19. I've had this book on my kindle for about a year now. I began reading it soon after I first got it but set it aside for no other reason than that I was to busy. I kept meaning to come back and now I have. I wish I hadn't left it so long. Once I got going again I did not want to put it down. This is with out a doubt the best work I've read in a long time. So original and well crafted. I could not give this book anything less than five stars. I can't wait to read more from this author.

    20. This book is gruesome in some places. It deals with some mature themes: violence, teen sexuality, and madness to name a few. I wasn't sure how I felt about the narrator, but I think that was the point. She was neurotic and unpredictable, but also relatable. The voice in this fictional memoir absolutely knocked my socks off. It was simple and complicated. Innocent and jaded. Trusting and disillusioned. Truly an amazing read.

    21. Not my cup of tea. Weird imagery. Too many God references. Too much violence against women. Might as well have watched a snuff film. Needs a lot of editing too, i.e. misspelled words, sentences that don't make sense.

    22. Strangely disturbing but addictive! This is truly one weird read but in all the good, horrific ways. It totally reminds me of the good old 'B' horror movies that I grew up watching, cause my parents were weird like that & allowed me to:-)

    23. hmmm, i think i might wait to do a review on this one. it was ok, not exactly what i was expecting but not a bad book either.

    24. Generally, I like to leave thoughtful and constructive reviews. I can't even come up with something other than WTF this time.

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