“No More Ramen” For This Metathesiophobic: A Review of Drew Hayes’ Digital Novel

Meet Seth, the most unlikely millionaire to grace your computer screen. He’s the kind of wacky, off-the-cuff kind of guy that so many frat boys wish they could be. He’s got a self-deprecating sense of humor hiding a surprising layer of depth in this quirky little tale by Drew Hayes.

The story begins with Seth winning the largest jackpot lottery in Texas’ history. Only, Seth won it on a lark. He had no intention of actually spending the money. He tries desperately to keep his life as low-key and interesting as it was before. Life, however, seems determined to make sure that he doesn’t squander his new gift.

Despite the frequent spelling mistakes, I really liked this story. Seth is such a lovable character and he is surprisingly perceptive (with a little help from his friends). His friends don’t feel like carbon-copies of each other; they each have their own perspective and motives.

On the other hand, the situations and the characters were often highly improbable. The story had me snickering because the whole thing was so absurd  That, I think, is actually a major part of the story’s charm. And unlike a lot of humorous pieces, there is actual character development for several of the characters.

Warnings for language, including the f-bomb. There might have been a barroom brawl, but if so, it wasn’t serious. There’s also an openly lesbian character in the story (*le gasp!*). Lastly, alcohol is consumed in vast quantities. If any of these things doth offend, give this story a miss. If not, welcome to No More Ramen. I hope you enjoy!

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Aphorisms of Kerishdar: A Review of M. C. A. Hogarth’s Kerishdar Series

Photos of the covers of Aphorisms and Admonishments from Pintrest

Wikipedia has this to say about aphorisms: “In modern usage an aphorism is generally understood to be a concise statement containing a subjective truth or observation cleverly and pithily written.”

I say that the vignettes in this book definitely fit that definition. I consider this story a “must read” because the author (M.C.A Hogarth) shows a keen understanding of the human condition and a spooky ability to present new words that in retrospect you have to wonder why they weren’t words before. If you’re hankering for something meditative that can be digested in small chunks, then this is perfect for you. This is also perfect if you’re looking for a way to expand your mind and think in ways that you might not be used to doing.

The author herself explains that Aphorisms is “sociological science fiction… about society, civilization and the balance between individual and community.”

This is the first book in a three book collection. The entirety of the series and many more of Hogarth’s books can be found at her website, Stardancer.org