Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Review: Streamtown by John Reinhard Dizon

by M. J. Joachim

“Dizzy, my head is spinning! Like a whirlpool out of control!” 

Streamtown is positively amazing, if you can keep up with all the symbolic and metaphoric energy, following a fictional storyline that challenges too many things to count or keep track of. This story literally mocks society and just about everything in it, while feebly attempting to bolster its need to exist.

The names of the characters are primarily drugs - Amytriptolene, Lyrica, Provera. A few biblical names like Abraham and Moses are tossed in as well. I can only wonder what Dizon must have been drinking or smoking when he came up with this overwhelmingly creative, definitely outside of the box, story, which when taken as a whole appears to be a love story between two young teenagers who end up on a journey to fix the world, consequently facing off with their cultures and societies, which lands Trip (Amytriptolene) in politics - a powerful position of status and subject manipulation to be sure.

But wait! There’s more! I’m sure Dizon was poking fun at Mormons, Amish, Catholics, Muslims and many other organized religions too. God made the world and everything in it, only to create the Big Bang for those who didn’t quite make it to Heaven when all Hell broke loose in the world. Say what?! Yea, that’s what I said too! Which is probably why I couldn’t put it down. I had to see what happened next, not because I wanted to know if Trip and Lyrica ended up together and lived happily ever after, but because so many rights, wrongs and indifferences were being addressed, challenged and ridiculed, regardless of where they appeared in our world society.

Thought provoking and confusing, Streamtown is not to be recommended to everybody. Only a select few will find it as entertaining as I did, while others will be overcome with the rambling rhetoric taking place in a seemingly unorganized story. That’s just it though. Streamtown is not as unorganized as it appears by its writing style. There’s much more to this story than meets the eye, and it will have me shaking my head for many days to come.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. There are many more reviews waiting in the wings, and I simply can’t wait to share them with you!

M. J.

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