Book Review: Agostino Scafidi

untitled (14)The invisible papers by Agostino Scafidi

“Author’s note: Word count is 30,157. 134 pages. The kindle estimate is inaccurate.

An Esoteric Fiction written as Third Person Interior Monologue, The Invisible Papers is a work inspired by various sources and subjects in the realms of Theosophy, Occultism and Philosophy. Without a story or even any characters this novel presents its own unique landscape to intrigue the reader. The offbeat plot loosely strung throughout this book from beginning to end will not only fuel curiosity but at its core is meant to inspire in the reader a certain air of self-reflection and meditation. Its particular application of Third Person Interior Monologue provides a universality where such an atmosphere is possible as well as making it comfortable to navigate through. The reader will traverse many different topics at an unexpected yet refreshing pace all which more or less fall under the umbrella of personal relationships and existential observations approachable by anyone who isn’t averse to self-awareness.”

****

“The invisible papers” was in no way a fluffy read. I found I had to stop every few pages to fully digest what I had already read. At times, this book made me feel uncomfortable. Not because of the content – but because it allowed me to ponder the questions “What would I do?”- some times that answer is darker than I would have expected.

The unique writing style of narrative, and inner monologues really allowed me to get into the author’s mind-set. It is layered with depth and perception, like I have not ever encountered before.

Not since the “Screwtape letters” by C.S. Lewis, have I been so riveted by this kind of book. “The invisible papers” is eccentric at best, but it is a book you will not forget any time soon.

untitled (13)The anchor that stopped the world by Agostino Scafidi

“Author’s note: Word count is 22,500. 107 pages. The “kindle estimate” is inaccurate.

The story is about Martin Rizzo and the bad things that are happening to the people around him. A man who wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings and finds himself captive. The story unravels from there and involves various organized crime factions. A Crime fiction, the story takes place in Montreal.”

****

Martin wakes up disoriented and tries to escape from where he is. Dropped right into the middle of the action, you find out what happen to Martin as he does, in a sort of video game-esque real time. As he tries to piece together his lost hours, things get more bizarre and take on a nightmarish quality.

Written in a unique style, you start to feel Martin’s confusion, desperation, and panic for yourself.

“The anchor that stopped the world”  has a film noir feel to it, with very gritty language. It is often brutal, but some times so is life in that kind of world. I found this novelette to be less of a book and more of an experience.

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