Solitude

Solitude

by Sumiko Saulson

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BN ID: 2940044594173
Publisher: Sumiko Saulson
Publication date: 06/14/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 438 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Publisher Info:"Writer's Muse" is a writer's group on Facebook. The Writer's Muse Group publishes the Writer's Muse Magazine.Author Info:Sumiko Saulson is a horror novelist, published poet and writer of short stories and editorials. Her novels include "Solitude," "Warmth", and "The Moon Cried Blood". A native Californian, she was born and spent her early childhood in Los Angeles, moving to Hawaii, where she spent her teen years, at the age of 12. She has spent most of her adult life living in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early interest in writing and advanced reading skills eventually lead to her becoming a staff writer for her high school paper, the Daily Bugle (McKinley High, Honolulu, HI) one of the nation's only four such daily High School papers at the time. By the time she moved to San Francisco at age 19, she had two self-published books of poetry and was a frequently published poet in local community newspapers and reading poetry around town.

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Solitude 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Imagine being in your car one day and suddenly all the people vanish. The cars, trucks and buildings are still there. The animals are still there also but they're not how they use to be. The world is a different place, there are forces at work that are changing everything and they may never be the same. This is the story behind Sumiko Saulson's Solitude. Solitude is about seven very different people and how they react to being alone after civilization disappears. One of them goes mad and talks to people who aren't there. One goes to the zoo and frees all the animals and two others treat the whole situation like they are trapped in a video game. When I first heard of Solitude I really liked the idea. The concept of being totally alone is a fear of mine and I was curious as to how each character would react, but there is more to the story then that. Solitude also gets into mythology and the supernatural as you find out why things are the way they are. There is a lot to like about Solitude. One of those things is how the city of San Francisco itself is a character. Even though I've never been there , I felt I had been when I was done reading it. Sumiko really did her homework in the writing of this book. Each time there was an isolation as its called in the book, it corresponds to an earthquake that really happened. The book also gets into religion and touches on the subject of how something sinister can effect us on a personal level and how our world can be changed when something wants what we have. One of my favorite scenes in the book was when a spirit takes over one of the character's bodies and cries as he realizes that another character has died. At this point you are thinking that the spirit is evil and even the person whose body the spirit takes over wonders if the spirit is faking, but you soon find out that the spirit is not what it seems. I also liked the character of Angela who seems to be at the mercy of several external influences. I looked at her as a tragic character, she comes across as evil in the book but she doesn't try to be, she just reacts to things in her environment the wrong way. If I was to compare Solitude to anything, it would probably be to Stephen King's The Stand or Beneath The Dome. You can also compare Sumiko's writing to Anne Rice. The subject matter may not be the same but Anne Rice got into her character's heads and Sumiko Saulson does the same thing. By the end of the book I felt I knew each character personally and it was hard to see them suffer. I would classify this book as psychological horror. Because Sumiko doesn't seem satisfied giving you a book that will entertain you and give you a couple of quick scares. No that's to easy, Sumiko wants to make you think and then give you nightmares. Twice while reading this book I stopped and thought about the ideas that Sumiko was trying to get across, such as being at the mercy of forces greater than yourself and the idea of a world within a world. The tone of the book is a little depressing and I would have liked a couple more action scenes but this is a great read.