Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hollowstone - A Southern Gothic homage to The Great Gatsby with People Of Color and Queer Characters

Hollowstone by Dennis R. Upkins

Life for Noah Scott changes drastically when he is accepted to Hollowstone Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country set in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Within the hallowed halls of the illustrious school, Noah soon discovers that the world of the privileged is rife with social hierarchies, politics, depravity and corruption. It is also there that Noah meets his roommate and best friend, the charming and enigmatic Caleb Warner.

Tragedy soon strikes when Cal is brutally murdered in a hold-up. But when Noah is haunted by Cal’s ghost, he soon discovers that the random act of violence was in fact a premeditated one. Determined to uncover the truth and find Cal’s killer, Noah soon finds that the school and its patrons have more than their share of secrets. Secrets they are willing to preserve at any cost. Noah also quickly learns that greater supernatural forces are at play. In a race against time, Noah must solve Cal’s murder before he’s the killer’s next victim.

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Rae said...

I've heard of this book. It's supposed to be incredibly misogynistic and poorly written.

Anonymous said...

This book had an incredibly two-dimensional portrayal of queer characters, contained rampant misogyny toward almost all female characters -- the female judge who's easily bribed and manipulated, the high-achieving go-getter who just needs a guy to "show her a good time" and "loosen up," and the "school skanks" who are shamed for having sex with a male character who is congratulated for the act, brimmed with painfully embarrassing wish-fulfillment, and showed a flagrant disregard for basic research, grammar, and punctuation,

Awful book, awful recommendation.