Monday, August 4, 2014

Featured Book - Suicide in Tiny Increments

Suicide in Tiny Increments
Riya Anne Polcastro


The smartest decision Daniel Long ever made was to take a hit out on his own life.

Too scared to kill himself but also too scared to live, he is a sad, pathetic man; a miserable martyr of depression  A year after he was dumped by his self-centered alcoholic girlfriend, he still wallows in the hole she left behind.  And, except for the cubicle that he spends forty hours a week in, Daniel rarely leaves the bare white walls that make up his apartment.Trapped in his self-made ennui, his only escape is to hire a hitman. 

But when one of his few friends kills herself Daniel realizes the error of his ways. He tries to cancel the hit but in the process he offends his contracted killer. Now his impending death is personal and his life is about to get more exciting than he ever could have imagined.

Suicide in Tiny Increments is edgy and morbid in the most hilarious ways. It pushes the limits of dark literary fiction with its delicious black humor, making his tragically funny novel the perfect satire of the summer. 

About the Author
Armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words.  Maybe it is because she learned to read and write in her second language before she learned to do the same in her first.  Maybe it is because she was raised a missionary’s daughter at the same time that she was taught to question everything.  Maybe there are a whole lot of reasons.  Either way, her fascination with mental illness and human interaction is weaved into fiction with a language that is at times caressed and loved, at others beaten into submission.
 A longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Polcastro aims to join the ranks of great Oregon writers.  Her first love is dark literary fiction peppered in black humor and smothered in satire but she also dabbles in young adult dystopia and non-fiction.  While she has been heavily inspired by the genius of writers such as Palahniuk and Tolstoy, music has also played a huge role, with artists like Gnarles Barkley and Tool having a tremendous influence in her stories. She is the author of Suicide in Tiny Increments and two more novels to be released this fall.
Polcastro enjoys an active lifestyle, including running, hiking, in-line skating, and a special brand of tennis lovingly called “Get it B*tch”.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, making beer and getting away to British Columbia at every possible opportunity.  Her favorite color is burnt orange, but it is hard to find so she wears a lot of red instead.

Bold, Original and Entertaining June 26, 2014
By K.Z.
Format:Kindle Edition
Suicide in Tiny Increments took me for a wild ride. The story was unlike anything that I’ve ever read before. While going through the pages, I felt like a voyeur taking a peek at the lives of pathetic, twisted, demented, and very interesting characters. I laughed, gasped, cringed, shook my head, and laughed some more as Daniel Long’s life turned from mundane to mind-boggling. I won’t give away any spoilers but I’ll say this-- It’s the kind of story that makes you want to look twice at the loser sitting at the bus station or at the coffee shop and wonder what kind of perversions and dark secrets he might harboring beneath that dull face.
I loved the author’s take no prisoners writing. This novel was a product of wit, twisted humor, and bold descriptive skills. An entertaining read from start to finish. Seriously, with the right actors to play the part of the sick, sad—but certainly intriguing-- characters, I can easily see this as a satisfying tragicomedy film.
A welcome departure from the plethora of boring books out there! This book makes you love, hate, feel sorry for, and cheer for the main character, Daniel, and also examine your own emotional fragility. The writing is funny, honest, and deeply descriptive. Not for the faint of heart, as this work of fiction actually makes you think and feel. If you like terrible writing, stick with 50 shades of grey and twilight, and yes I am refusing to capitalize those titles because they are terrible. If you want to read a gut wrenching story that actually takes you into the mind of another person, read this book. The author is hard to find but she does have some fantastic other publications. Worth looking for!
This book does what books are supposed to do - it makes you upset that it ends.
Very original story. Immediately captured my attention and kept it the whole timed. Witty with a sick sense of humor. One of the best books I've read in a long time! 

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