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review 2017-03-23 01:53
The Abuse of Ashley Collins - Jon Athan

 

I don’t  know why I ever chose to torture myself and willingly read A CHILD CALLED IT,  but Dave Pelzer broke something inside me – I haven’t been right since.  Knowing that, you’d think I’d have learned a lesson, (yeah, I know… I’m audibly laughing right now, too).  Nope. Years after ‘ACCI’ I decided that I wanted to read THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, and I let Jack Ketchum walk right in and start poking at the wound that David Pelzer left with a big, pointy stick.  I think it was the masochist in me who invited Mendal W. Johnson to drop by and sucker-punch my PTSD in the back of the head.  As far as the ‘Let’s Go Play At The Adams fiction/non-fiction debate’ goes – I’m sticking with IT’S FICTION, but I’m sure all the atrocities have been committed, many times, and on many different Barbaras. 
Like LGPATATHE ABUSE OF ASHLEY COLLINS is not a true story – but it very well could be. Watching the decreasing sanity, and the elevating brutality of Ashley’s parents demonstrates just how fast situations can escalate. One little poke at the wrong moment, and all control is lost – you can’t come back from certain things.

       

THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. It is disturbing, and hard to read at times, but the author is not exploiting issues to gain shock value for a horror story. Jon Athan comes at the story from every possible angle, from every p.o.v., and sheds light on problems that most families would keep hidden in the dark. Let me misquote one of my favorite movies before you start reading…

WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence, including violence towards children. This book is about abuse—verbal, physical, and emotional. This book does not feature any explicit sex scenes, but it does discuss sexual abuse. This book is not intended for those easily offended or appalled.

Ashley Collins, a sixteen-year-old girl, has severe behavior issues. She regularly fights with her parents, Logan and Jane. When the fights become personal and physical, Logan and Jane decide to take matters into their own hands. They chain their daughter in the basement and abuse her in an attempt to rescue her from her bad behavior… while delving into their own deviance and depravity.

This is a story of family and abuse. This is a story of violence and discipline. This is the abuse of Ashley Collins.

Jon Athan, author of A Family of Violence, brings you an uncompromising vision of human horror. Can the cycle of abuse be broken?

 

Find The Abuse of Ashley Collins on Goodreads, Amazon, and it’s available through the KU program.

Connect with the author via Twitter – @Jonny_Athan, Facebook,  through the officialJon Athan Website, or his author pages on Goodreads, BookLikes, LibraryThing  &Amazon. You can email him directly at: info@jon-athan.com, or head on over to the West Coast and start stalking him the old fashioned way!

 

* I'm really glad that you didn't shelf the idea/book, and I think that THE ABUSE OF ASHLEY COLLINS is a better title than your original title. In fact, I think I may have misinterpreted 'A GENERATION OF ABUSE' when I first read it. I was going over my notes and highlights for the review when it clicked - the cycle of abuse - "ahh... OK".

* You made a comment on the 'Join the mailing list' page, and if I WASN'T searching for the things that you mentioned, I sure am now!! It may be a 'private matter', but... we're friends, right? :) IDEA!! If you collect all of the police files, doctor notes, patient files, and maybe even a "found" journal of Ashley's - it could sell as a companion book to THE ABUSE OF ASHLEY COLLINS.

* Something you said (after the story, before 'Dear Reader') made me [inappropriately] giggle for a second - (you know... that super disturbed, "I know I'm going to Hell", "Don't judge me!" giggle? No? Ever laugh at a funeral? Um... OK. Nvmnd).

"[...] Sure, there were a few things that may seem outlandish, especially towards the end [...]"


Well... there was something on the news just a few days ago -

"On Monday, March 6th, 2017 - North Carolina authorities arrived on the scene to witness 18 year old suspect, Oliver Funes Oliver Funes Machado, exit the family home "carrying a knife in one hand and a severed human head in the other."
Authorities found what was left of her body between the kitchen and living room. Funes-Machado had also told the dispatcher his 4-year-old and 2-year-old siblings were in the house. He said his father was not home.
The younger sisters were not hurt, and a teenage brother was at school."


Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥
 ~  šhαd⊕ω gïrレ

 

(spoiler show)

 

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review 2016-10-27 10:01
Sex-filled fantasy story – not for the prudish or faint of heart
The Discipline Volume 1 - Peter Milligan

 

 

Melissa, an unfulfilled housewife, is recruited by the Discipline who use sex in their fight against the Stalkers. Confused by it all, she runs away. We discover that this confrontation dates back to Roman times. The plot involves her slow integration into the discipline and it looks as if there'll be another volume

 

The plot and artwork are not always clear at first and may need persevering. Not brilliant.

 

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text 2016-10-16 02:43
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 160 pages.
The Discipline Volume 1 - Peter Milligan

I want some graphic novels back in my life...but I'm not inclined to return to the old days of reading one every second book. one a month might be more like it. and since this Milligan & Fernandez effort is marketed as Horror, I'll call it my Horror pick in place of a novel or short-story collection, before I bounce back to Crime & Mystery. this artist/writer duo really impressed me with The Names; now let's see how they handle what a quick skim shows to be even darker material. I'm excited!

 

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text 2016-09-05 18:43
Reread this
Suicide Squad, Vol. 4: Discipline and Punish - Ales Kot,Patrick Zircher

Took it out of the library again.  I wondered if I'd like it more now that I have the background on Deadshot. 

 

I didn't, really.  I don't like this run of Suicide Squad much.   It's all flash to distract from the fact that it doesn't have as much meat as the original run, did.  Also, Waller manages to be terrifying - but less terrifying than she originally was, too.

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review 2016-08-31 19:49
Old School Discipline - Misha Horne

I'm just going to start out with a bit of honesty: I have a spanking kink. There, I said it. Moving on.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find too many books that get it 'right' for my tastes when it comes to spanking. But Misha Horne does - I read pretty much all books by this author and generally love them. But they are all usually short stories so being a full length novel, Old School Discipline was a novelty. And having the space to build more of a story around the spanking scenes only made everything better. Because it was so much more than just kink. It was about Alex finally having people in his life that care enough about him to make sure that fucking up has consequences.
It never had in the past; every time he got in trouble, his parents would bail him out and just leave it at that. There were never consequences because they simply never gave a damn. But the people at his new school do. Especially Bax who remains a bit of a mystery throughout the book but still tries to care for Alex, even if it means putting him over his knee.
There is a certain porn factor to many of the spanking scenes. Of course there is. Pervs like me need our steam. (So yeah, if spankings are not your thing, stay away from this one. There are many of them!) But there were also the really punishing kind of spankings which I personally liked even better in a way. I loved how the author described the emotional aspects of it. Alex would often end up sobbing not just from pain but from the emotional cleansing he gets from having someone be there for him and making sure he owns up to his mistakes.
I liked Bax but I find him a little too hard to read. Even at the end after he and Alex got together, I still felt I knew next to nothing about him. So, a little more about his background and a few pages more to wrap things up would have been nice.

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