Hello, Loyal Readers!
Good news—I’ve finished The Supernatural Enhancements (I actually finished it before NaNoWriMo), so it’s time for me to tell you guys all about it. I’m gonna TRY to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.
The Supernatural Enhancements is a unique book, as far as I can tell, and I’m just gonna get this out of the way up front—I think it actually falls into the category of Bizzarro-Fiction. I’ll explain why:
TSE bills itself as horror/supernatural, and indeed there are a number of those elements present. But it’s not really the focus of the book. As I’m writing this follow-up, I’m listening to Writing Excuses Podcast on Writing for the Enfranchised reader and one of the main topics is how to keep stories interesting despite–or in lieu of–their falling into familiar patterns or ‘tropes.’
TSE definitely didn’t fall into any ruts or routines for me while reading. It begins as a ghost story, segues into a supernatural detective piece, incorporates a secret society, then finishes with a thriller ending. And through it all we have our even more mysterious main characters, whose origins and true identities are only hinted at by the end.
I have to say that this is the portion of TSE of which I’m most critical: After spending an entire novel getting to know these persons, I get the barest glimpses of their social identity upon reading the book’s last few pages. Apart from the ordinary complaint of it being unsatisfying, I find it seems a little … ‘random,’ for lack of a better word.
But my greatest complaint is how, for me, it casts some aspersions on the characters’ motivations for taking part in the story. I can extrapolate the characters’ motivations myself, and perhaps I’m meant to, but I don’t like to extrapolate too much from my books–I extrapolate in the stories I write myself, thank you.
Anyway, I get the sense that I’m rambling. To conclude, I enjoyed The Supernatural Enhancements and I feel that Edgar Cantero is a writer to watch in the future, both for his competence in story composition and his willingness to break with tradition. I bought this book, and I plan to read it again.
Check it out if you haven’t already!