Book: Welcome to Nowhereland (5 Stories) by Aaron Aaronson
categories: Book, Rainbow Illusion, Futility of Hope, Devastated Dreams, Pessimism, Wizard of Oz, Scarecrow, Dystopian Oz, Rainbow Deception, Marked at Birth, No Happy Endings, Impossible Situation, Black Humor
Aaron Aaronson about this book: Welcome to Nowhereland (5 Stories) is a book that would not be mistaken for having a positive attitude or an optimistic outlook on the potential successful resolution to aspirations that will lead to a happy ending. It is a book about the futility of one's actions because whatever you try to do it's just going to end badly, the only question is the specifics and just how bad are things going to get. It is a dark comedy but not exactly a pick me up. The first story is a novella called "Cursed". It follows the life of a character from birth when he was marked with this legacy and follows him through his life where, regardless of his best intentions as was destined to be the case, nothing ever has a chance of going right. The next story is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". It is a story about reaching for the stars to make all your dreams come true. The main character is trying to find a rainbow's end because he just knows that if he can all the dreams that he dared to dream really would come true. The characters from The Wizard of Oz appear in the story, just not exactly as you might remember them. "No Doors In, No Windows Out" is a story about a character that is detached from life and just carries through meaningless empty days, but what is the reason he does this? "Hell is Where the Heart is" is a story about a character who is tormented by the disappearance of the love of his life. One day she was just gone, she vanished, and the struggle of never knowing what happened keeps him stuck in the same moment as he attempts to go on with his days, leading him to desperate measures. The final story is "Trapped" and it is not a straightforward story. It is more a commentary on the essence of feeling trapped in a situation you can see no escape from. The cover is a picture I had drawn that seemed to fit the title very well.
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