Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Mindworm by David Pollard - Book Tour & Review


The placid life of a college librarian is plunged into a desperate fight for survival  when he witnesses the death of his only friend. Suddenly he is forced to confront disturbing changes in his nature and appetites and their consequences. Suspected of murder and pursued by an implacable police detective he runs – but is he running from the law or from himself?

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My Review
Mindworm is a bit of an odd story. It's about a man who discovers he has a very strange appetite after he witnesses the death of his friend. His desire to feed starts to take over his life, and soon, there's a detective hot on his trail. How does it all play out? Well, I won't spoil anything, so you'll just have to read it yourself and find out.
I suppose the man in the story could be considered a "soul vampire", for lack of a better term. He feeds on people's essence; the thing that makes them uniquely them. But he has no idea how to control it, and so he ends up draining people to death. Hence the police detective coming after him.
But when he meets a woman named Claudine, things change. And Claudine's introduction is the basis for how the rest of the story plays out. 
I found the story a bit weird. I liked it, but it also wasn't really my cup of tea. I'm not really sure what I think about this book, in all honesty. The idea was intriguing, and I liked it as an overall theme, but I also wish it had been more fleshed out, or perhaps explained more/better/something along those lines.
If you're looking for something a bit different, give Mindworm a whirl. It's a quick, short read, and perhaps you, too, will be left both fascinated and confused.
3.5 stars. 

Author Bio –
After more than forty years of paid employment David Pollard retired to glorious Hereford and immersed himself in the theatrical activities of the county. He is currently Chair of Hereford County Drama Festival.
David  sees himself as a teller of tales – he is a playwright, author of short stories and novels. He has a preference for dark and dystopian material. He is also an actor and theatrical director. Among the many authors admired by David is Robert Louis Stevenson – for his website David adopted the appellation Tuistala – Samoan for ‘Teller of Tales’ which the Samoan people called RLS.
Several of David’s plays have been published by Lazybee Scripts – one of which ‘Aspects of a Betrayal’ was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh prize at the Windsor Fringe Festival.
David has two works published on KDP/Amazon:
‘His Cat and Other Strange Tales’ – a collection of macabre short stories
‘The Alienation of Ludovic Weiss’ – a psychological thriller
A third book ‘Mindworm ‘ is scheduled for publication in September 2020
When not writing, directing or acting David runs a podcast platform for the streaming of radio plays and short story readings – Hand to Mouth Sound Theatre.
For relaxation David reads voraciously with a liking for history and thriller fiction. He also enjoys country walks of the strolling variety.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @dpollardauthor
Website: www.thetusitala.co.uk  

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