Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review:: In Between, by R.A. MacAvoy

Title: In Between
Author: R.A. MacAvoy
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

A completely forgettable novella with awkward writing at times, In Between didn't even leave me with a lot of thoughts. The whitening of East Asian religions did bother me, but not as much as the yawn-worthiness of the story itself.

Honestly, there wasn't much story at all. Just yanno, stereotypical Chinese-American family with a grandfather who wants all his children to be doctors and family members with an obsession for martial arts gets tied up in dirty business because of gambling debts. The protagonist gets shot in the heart, but gets revived, but then gets to go to the "In Between" place, which has to be explained away by multiple religious systems to make different characters comfortable.

Apparently this novella was included with another book, but with the writing, I'm not likely to pick up any other works from R.A. MacAvoy any times soon. It went something like this: Medium-length SVO sentence. Medium-length SVO sentence. Rinse and repeat. Maybe the reason I can't remember the story very well is because it lulled me into a sort of hypnosis.

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