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Subject: Old Flames by Jack Ketchum
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 11:35 AM ET
Member Since: 10/15/2007
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This is a June release by Leisure,and I had no idea what it was, but I just found out, so I'm sharing.  Old Flames will be two long novellas, Old Flames, and Right to Life.  I have no idea what Old Flames is about (well, I can guess, but...)  But Right to Life??  HOO-BOY

If The Girl Next Door could be considered Ketchum at his most disturbing, RtL is hot on it's heels.  Again, this is inspired by true to life events, and involves a woman who is seemingly about to have an abortion getting kidnapped outside of the clinic by a childless couple.  The couple decide that since she was going to have the abortion, they would hold her prisoner until the child is born, and then raise it themselves.  Of course the couple aren't the sanest people around (not because of their views, but because they really are crazy), and things go downhill from there. 

This has been a cult classic for years, and is finally reaching a wider audience.   If TGND was too extreme, you probably will want to stay away from Right to Life, but it really is a good story that will make you think about pro-life/pro-choice views.

 

In other Ketchum news, the DVD of "The Lost" is released today, and "Red" is getting good reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 8:04 PM ET
Member Since: 3/16/2006
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If TGND was too extreme, you probably will want to stay away from Right to Life, but it really is a good story that will make you think about pro-life/pro-choice views.

Right to Life isn't as difficult to read, IMO. I also didn't find it especially enlightening on the topic of choice. It's more about a power/control relationship than an honest exploration of the question. Not that it's a bad read, but it isn't a deep sociological study or anything.

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 8:49 PM ET
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Well, to be totally honest, I can't think of anything by Ketchum that is a deep sociological study.  Perhaps I worded my statement poorly, what I mean to say is that it showed some of the hypocrisy  of extremists, where "life is precious" can translate to the execution of doctors and the bombing of clinics.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 7:51 PM ET
Member Since: 3/16/2006
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Now if you word it that way, ITA.