Books

Man Gains Power to See the Future in Grounded Dark


master mentalism tricks

Future Skinny by Peter Rosch

What’s it About?

Readers enter the dark, psychological existence of a complicated man named Casey Banks who possesses the ability to see the future by binge eating

As a devout reader of fantasy and dark fiction, one of my most common criticisms of the genres is that they are rife with tropes. While tropes are not inherently negative, as using a proven formula is a logical path to success, overuse can often lead to burnout. Tropes can occur in many different areas, be it the characters, plot structure or setting, but the one consistent result of them, especially when poorly executed, is boredom.

Thankfully Peter Rosch, in his latest novel, Future Skinny, avoids this problem entirely by combining a distinctly unique premise with a timeless conflict that makes for a truly memorable story.

In this book, readers enter the dark, psychological existence of the complicated Casey Banks. Casey is a devoutly anorexic man who is devoted to punishing exercise and an even more punishing diet as he pursues his obsession with remaining thin. The storyline follows Casey as he discovers a ghastly talent: the ability to see the future by binge eating. Customers pay high prices for Casey to deliver their futures. While reveling in his newfound wealth, Casey ignores an important vision—that of his girlfriend’s involvement in a heinous murder. This vision and Casey’s ignorance combine and push him toward not only an uncertain future but also the depths of psychological torment.

A TRULY MEMORABLE STORY

 

My favorite aspect of the novel is Rosch’s atypical, snappy and engrossing prose. Eschewing the flowery exposition and formal speak found in typical fantasy and other dark fiction, Rosch opts for a quippy and sarcastic, yet just as descriptive and imaginative style that is darkly engaging and draws me in quite literally from the very first page:

“There he is… The hotel room is dim, but Casey isn’t hard to find. His body is a beacon of desperate protest underneath a forgiving silk tee. Bone thin. Skin bagging from every corner of his six-foot frame. A good guess would be 120 pounds. He has more hair, just not on his head. Fuzzy wisps of keratin on his arms and thick on the nape of his neck. Inky around the eyes a dire pigmentation that frames the focus he is straining to hold on the stranger on the at the other end of the makeshift dining table.”

I also particularly enjoyed the narrative. Alternating back and forth between narrative chapters and transcripts of Casey’s intimate, confessional interviews with an unidentified interviewer, Rosch keeps readers both engaged and on their toes. Constantly hinting at what’s to come, subverting expectations, and presenting mysterious outcomes through the confessionals that make the reader beg to find out what events lead up to them, the story is an absolute treat.

AN ABSOLUTE TREAT

 

In a literary world where real life disorders and hot button issues are often fumbled and are either used as simple plot devices or misrepresented, Rosch also does an excellent job of portraying eating disorders and other psychological problems. Through Casey’s development as a character, we learn about both what has lead to Casey’s anorexia and the effects it not only has on him but also on those around him. The tasteful yet narratively engaging way in which Rosch treated this aspect of the book significantly added to the experience.

Future Skinny is the perfect read for fantasy and fiction fans alike. Reminiscent of the likes of other grounded, mind-bending fiction a la Neil Gaiman and Tim Powers, Future Skinny will linger in the minds of readers for a long time.

Future Skinny by Peter Rosch

Publish Date: 5/24/2022

Author: Peter Rosch

Page Count: 224 pages

Publisher: Better Words, LLC

ISBN: 9798985473902

Read The Full Article Here


trick photography
MaryAnne Piccolo Guests On “If These Walls Could Talk” With Hosts Wendy Stuart and Tym Moss Wednesday, May 8th, 2024
Ryan Reynolds’ Latest Prank Involves the Titanic and That Steamy
Bachelor Nation’s Chris Conran and Alana Milne Are Engaged
Christine Quinn’s Husband Christian Files for a Restraining Order Against
Movie Review: ‘The First Omen’
Julia Garner to Play ‘The Fantastic Four’s Silver Surfer
Craig Gillespie in Talks to Direct ‘Supergirl’ for DC
Narco Wars Season 2 Streaming: Watch & Stream Online Via
Rocky Kramer’s Rock & Roll Tuesdays Presents  “CARS” On Tuesday April 16th, 2024, 7 PM PT on Twitch
‘FBI’ Scores Major Renewal, ‘International’ & ‘Most Wanted’ Also Returning
9-1-1 Season 7 Episode 3 Review: Capsized
That Jon Snow-Centered ‘Game of Thrones’ Show Is a No-Go
Rocky Kramer’s Rock & Roll Tuesdays Presents  “CARS” On Tuesday April 16th, 2024, 7 PM PT on Twitch
NxWorries Announce New Album Why Lawd?, Share New Song “86Sentra”
Adele Sets Rescheduled Las Vegas Dates for the Fall
Judas Priest Just Did Something No Other Metal Band Has
I Live in NYC but Visit Miami and L
Sabrina Carpenter Just Wore a Sheer Dress From the 1997
Embrace Your Cowboy Carter Era With Our Favorite Pairs of
NGL, This $58 Madewell Belt Is Maybe My Best Buy
Jennifer Tilly Talks Those ‘Chucky’ Season 3 Shocks and Surprises
NECA Unveils Screen-Accurate Life-Sized M3GAN Doll for Pre-Order
‘Them: The Scare’ Trailer Reveals Foster Home Horrors on Prime
‘Mothers’ Instinct’ Exclusive: Get Into The Minds of Jessica Chastain
No Preview
The Housemaid’s Secret: Ending & Explanations
The Best Nonfiction Books of 2024 (So Far)
Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for April 6, 2024
Fourth Wing Amazon TV Series: What We Know (Release Date,