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Boringville (Novel)

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Boringville
Boringville Book Cover, written by Robert Clark
Boringville Book Cover,
written by Robert Clark
Author(s) Robert Clark
Series Boringville
Publisher PublishAmerica
Publication date September 21, 2009
Media type eBook
Paperback
Length 220 Pages
ISBN 978-1615828517 (Paperback)
ASIN B004YQC93W (eBook)
Followed by Incubus: A novel of
Boringville

For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).


Boringville is a novel written by Robert Clark. It is the first work in the Boringville series by this author. In this work the character Meridiana is a Succubus.


Overview

  • Title: Boringville
  • Author: Robert Clark
  • Published By: PublishAmerica
  • Length: 220 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B004YQC93W (eBook)
  • ISBN-10: 1615828516 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615828517 (Paperback)
  • Publishing Date: September 21, 2009


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Plot Summary

Boringville is a quiet, peaceful town in the woods of central Pennsylvania. It has a small but thriving artistic community scattered in small shops around the town. It's interesting to look at the quaint architecture and the partly rebuilt fort from the French and Indian War. Despite the rumors, the fort probably isn't haunted. There is a large, courteous police force to make sure everyone is safe. The hospital, while small, is state-of-the-art. There are nice places to eat. The hunting and fishing near the town are excellent. The cemetery, while small for a place the size of Boringville, is a bit unusual and picturesque. A bright, cheery town inhabited by friendly people, Boringville is a relaxing place to spend the day. You might not want to spend the night.


Book Review

The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on June 25, 2021


It’s been a rough time for Drew and finding himself approaching a small town called Boringville peaks his curiosity. But there’s something odd about the town and those that call it home. Still, a short visit seems like a good idea at first until a mystery begins to nag at him. Drew can’t let go of what’s bothering him and when he meets Meridiana, his sense of honour might become his undoing.

The work is written exceptionally well with fully realized characters, well thought out plot and it stays true to the mystery which Drew has to sort out as things progress. Drew himself, through his internal monologue, remains interesting and a unique character throughout. Similarly the townspeople, in all of their forms and mysteries, make the story that much better as Drew tries to figure things out.

If there’s one thing that bothered me a little bit was one or two phrases that they repeated over and over again. While it made sense in the context of the story, I found it a bit bothersome and took something out of the work. In the same way, the warnings Drew receives get frustrating, and that leads him into some situations that felt a bit forced.

Overall the backgrounds of the townspeople are barely touched upon, there’s an assumption that as they are revealed it’s not necessary to come out and say what they actually are. The thing is, by the end of the story there’s at least two characters which aren’t really explained and I’d have liked them to be.

That brings me to the succubus of the story, Meridiana. She’s simply delightful in her mannerisms, the force of her will and how she holds herself. She isn’t at all a stereotypical succubus, for which I was dearly thankful for. She has a story of her own, which is told to an extent, but leaves a lot not told. That’s not to say she isn’t perfect for the work, because she is. It’s more that given what transpires between Drew and Meridiana, getting to know her better, even fleetingly, I think would have added something more to the story overall.

I do recommend this work very highly, mainly for the storytelling and the mystery that unfolds. Drew is a delightfully intelligent character and that’s a rare thing to find in a lot of stories with succubi appearing. Meridiana is a joy when she appears and the two of them trying to come to terms with each other is wonderful. Good storytelling matters and this work is excellent in that.

Five out of five pitchforks, but with a couple of notes.

The work needs another editing pass for some minor issues such has Drew’s name being changed to another at a couple of points. Similarly, there’s a scattering of spelling and word misuse that needs to be cleaned up a little. That doesn’t take anything away from how much I enjoyed the story, it just would make things that little bit better.

The other thing that I would have liked would be a short epilogue for Drew to reflect on what happened, tell something about his relationship with Meridiana, and close the story with Drew’s soul being settled fully.

The author released a second work set in Boringville called Incubus, and I’m going to hope that, beyond the story itself, the relationship between Meridiana and Drew turns in interesting directions. That review will be… soon.


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