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Ghosts of East Baltimore by David Simmons
Save the Eastside, save the world.
In Baltimore, Worm has just returned from a two year stretch in prison. When he finds out that his hometown is being brutally destroyed by a dangerous new chemical, Worm is reluctantly catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with chaos and destruction. Can one man save the city before his 9:00 p.m. curfew at the halfway house?
The book started out great. Worm’s character is well written and the whole scene of him getting out and thinking about a new beginning, no matter how hard it would be to achieve was all great. Then he starts talking to Simone and I get lost a bit. All those big fancy, or maybe not fancy but definitely very specific, words he uses in the conversation made me wish I had a dictionary. But then again, needing a dictionary to decipher what is supposed to be a normal conversation seems like an overkill. For quite a long time Worm just wonders the streets of Baltimore and you’ll get the whole history of the city. I believe I might be a bit too young to have enjoyed the recount. I’m sure Worm’s childhood flashbacks were important in shedding the light into his past. The way it connected to his current situation was rather well done. But the whole flashback itself included a whole lot of words I did not understand, again. I expected Worm to get in trouble a lot sooner than he did, and meanwhile I was already stumbling through conversations and memories that were hard to follow to begin with. When he finally did get in trouble it was a sort of relief.
As of the writing itself, it was definitely well written. And I think I’m simply not the audience this book is intended for.