I was asked by Craig Stone to give my most honest opinion of his book. He even gave me permission to complain as much as I wanted about eBooks, as it is an eBook and you know my thoughts about those, but this is a really good read for those of you into books about alternative self-contemplation and the tides of life. I’ll leave my opinions about eBooks destroying the written artform for another day and share with you, what I believe, to be a very honest story about how to fall in and out of love.
Life Knocks is about a man named Colossus. I thought the name fitting since it means ‘of importance’ or likened to a huge statue. Colossus, although surviving in what appears to be the very rudimentary basics of life, is surrounding by huge personalities and ideals; much like his own. As it is in part a biography, the name gives a presence that the memory of himself (his writing) is larger than the present.
It begins with a letter to his job that he is leaving. No, not just a letter, it begins with a cry that tears apart everything that is of normalcy in his life. Craig Stone destroys the fundamentals through metaphor and leaves us with a blank page of a character, floating freely or waiting for purpose.
There will always be another exam; there will always be a reason why they cannot give you a pay rise. There will be another independent pay review next year that will magically decide the minions are already overpaid whilst still somehow managing to find enough room in the finances to pay the RBS bosses millions of pounds in bonuses.
A pay review only shows the tip of the iceberg and we are plankton at the base of that iceberg, wiggling around brainlessly, bumping our small heads repeatedly against the ice, grateful for its existence because we believe it gives us purpose.
Through many humorous adventures, part dark mature comedy – part amusing life entertainment, Colossus finds himself face to face with love… and her name was Lily.
I think that’s when she noticed the sky in my eyes too.
Our eyes kissed, and from that moment we were inseparable.
The love story between Colossus and Lily is beautiful. It is raw, aching, destructive and lovely. Reading through their story reminded me of moments I had felt so close to something or everything or nothing and then all at once watching that fade and translate into something new. Their story is like reading a dream and then having to slowly wake up with them. This was my most favorite part.
The story of Colossus jumps around a lot from past to present, sometimes you aren’t sure where you are in the story and although this would normally be disorienting, it is also realistic. Think of the times you recall memories, especially of love and how one thing ties to another. When you tell a story to someone else you tend to jump around to explain your place in time and what you were thinking or how you came to a significant answer. It pulls apart and goes back together fluidly in a way that doesn’t make it confusing at all. You (as the reader) and he (as the author) are having a conversation.
The little girl has blonde hair worn in pigtails and that wide expressive face that children have when they have a world in front of them and are full of questions, before their adult face narrows and becomes a face beaten back by the realisation that adults, though implausible to think when a child, don’t know any of the answers.
This book is one for the adults. It doesn’t have any serious confrontational tones to it like some other books I’ve reviewed, but it does have explicit parts (all very tasteful) and discusses drugs and alcohol, racism etc. However, the book has a deep sense of brutal humor that has you laughing at the oddest of times.
I must also say that not only has the story / book impressed me, but so has the author. This is a person who decided one day to write a book and did. Who has dedicated his work towards the cause of uplifting young authors through the means of social media to mainstream, something that wasn’t even thought of pre-eBook; or possible rather. You can read more about this in his interview with Indie Author News.
So although most people focused on the comedic part of Life Knocks, which it is definitely humorous! Between the giggles it has at it’s heart a man who shows us the roller-coaster that is life, what happens when Life Knocks at your door and you eventually have to answer; and what it means to let go (or lose) everything only to realize that somethings are worth holding onto.
Life is long enough to get stuck in a revolving door and forget if you are coming or going yet short enough to regret not taking the stairs.
Connect: You can connect with Craig Stone @robolollycop on Twitter!
I received a copy of the book to review. Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation. I also still do not prefer eBooks. 😀