Monday, January 16, 2017

Blog Tour: The Little Voice by @JossSheldon with a #review

Psychological Realism / Contemporary / Literary Fiction
Date Published23rd November 2016

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

Dear reader,

My character has been shaped by two opposing forces; the pressure to conform to social norms, and the pressure to be true to myself. To be honest with you, these forces have really torn me apart. They’ve pulled me one way and then the other. At times, they’ve left me questioning my whole entire existence.

But please don’t think that I’m angry or morose. I’m not. Because through adversity comes knowledge. I’ve suffered, it’s true. But I’ve learnt from my pain. I’ve become a better person.

Now, for the first time, I’m ready to tell my story. Perhaps it will inspire you. Perhaps it will encourage you to think in a whole new way. Perhaps it won’t. There’s only one way to find out…

Enjoy the book,

Yew Shodkin

My Review

This book really stayed true to the genre. Psychological indeed, it will make you think quite hard at times. Number 1 you are trying to figure out Yew's motives and thought process for a lot of this as some of the things he does are out of left field, thanks to "egot". 

I liked the way that this novel proves that you are not always stuck in a box. Yew was raised one way but has quite a different outcome in his life. Ultimately because the way he was raised and what he "should" be doing doesn't satisfy him. 

The writing in this novel is concise and to the point. I liked that there was enough detail to keep me on track without bogging me down with information. 

A character that, while not exactly likable, really is true to himself and is a great example of the ups and downs in life. 

Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unshaven layabout, and good for nothing hobo. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London's beating heart. And then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.
Then, in 2013, he went to McLeod Ganj in India; a village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his first novel, 'Involution & Evolution'.
With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. So he travelled around Palestine and Kurdistan before writing his second novel, 'Occupied'; a dystopian 'masterpiece' unlike any other story you've ever read!
Now Joss has returned with his third, and most radical novel yet. 'The Little Voice' takes a swipe at the external forces which come to shape our personalities. It's psychological. And it will make you think about the world in a whole new way. As the Huffington Post put it, The Little Voice is probably "The most thought-provoking novel of 2016"...

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