Official Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fiction books or series that do not fit into one of the other categories. If the fiction book fits into one the other categories, please use that category instead.
Forum rules
While in the forum's younger and less active days this used to be the one and only forum for "reviews and discussions about specific books", this is now just the subforum "other fiction" in a more well-organized "reviews and discussions about specific books" section with subforums for each genre. Check it out! :) Remember, the forums in the reviews section (including this forum) are for posting about a single book or series in topic, and the topic title should include the book's title. If you are creating a new topic, please try to post it in one of the other genres rather than posting it here in the "other fiction" section. This is only for books that do not fit in any of the other genre categories we have listed.
User avatar
Vickie Noel
Posts: 910
Joined: 30 Jun 2017, 04:46
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 33
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 295
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 86063">Are you afraid of the dark</a>
Currently Reading: Altered Reality
Bookshelf Size: 304
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vickie-noel.html
Latest Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca
Reading Device: B01C9JZEBO
Location: Wandering in and out of great reads

Official Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca

Post by Vickie Noel » 08 Jun 2018, 17:17

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Accumulation" by Buan Boonaca.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


There’s a thin line between imagination and reality.

I’ve always been a lover of creative descriptions; words painting pictures. I finally snagged a book that virtually swept me off my feet in that regard. From the opening sentence in Accumulation, it was evident that Buan Boonaca possessed a gift in the art of verbal expression. His skillful use of figures of speech, merged with colorful adjectives, produced a decorative, witty and downright entertaining read.

Delivered in the third person deep POV for the protagonist while using limited POV for other characters, the story unfolds as Cam gets set to begin his Vegas adventure with closest buddy, T, whose full name will never be known because his teacher punished him for his inability to call it at age 3. After losing all their money at the casino tables, they dejectedly leave that part of the premises only for Cam to hit a jackpot at a lower denomination gaming machine. Excitedly, they gear up to fulfill their lifelong desire of partying like rock stars. Of course, this includes getting drunk and making stupid decisions, one of which changes Cam’s life forever. He gets a tattoo. That’s just about it, right? Wrong. Every so often, someone discovers a new one on a different part of his body that Cam’s never aware of. These aren't fanciful body art or historical markings. They are strange, meaningless arrangements of lines and circles popping up sporadically. As this oddity builds to a crescendo, Cam becomes practically unrecognizable. He struggles to make out heads or tails of his predicament. To make matters worse, “a man in a long black coat with long black hair” is almost always glimpsed leaving the scene after the mysterious appearance of each new tat. Does he have something to do with this strange phenomenon? More importantly, does the nightmare spreading from his skin to his entire life ever end? You’ll have to read to find out!

Realistically developed characters dominate Boonaca’s book, Accumulation. The relationship between Cam and T is typical of male best friends and this reflects on their everyday interactions. Yet, their personalities stand out individually so that I had a hard time deciding if I preferred that to their synergistic energy. Ras, nicknamed after the Russian mystic god Rasputin, is a character straight out of a Shakespearean book. He speaks in such formal tones that my reading pace subconsciously reduces for easier analysis and comprehension. A classic Ras comment reads thus:
“...You must have been aware the artistic engineering of your epidermis would result in continual observation and scrutiny by the excess of simple-minded peons this tavern and the world overflow with.”

Fast paced, Accumulation is fraught with twists and turns that you absolutely don’t see coming. Cam severally teeters along that thin line between the real and the imagined. Using themes of self discovery, tolerance and acceptance, Boonaca explores society’s stereotyped attitude towards people who appear somewhat different from the norm. By means of Cam's experience, he confirms the age-old saying that there are always two sides to a story, even when we think the truth is obvious. Also noteworthy is the author's smooth and relaxed writing style in addition to his effortless application of humor. I found myself smiling, chuckling and out-rightly laughing throughout this breezy read.

Despite these perks, I did spot a handful of errors in this 332-page self published book, the majority of them being comma omissions after prepositional phrases/clauses. Also, there were two instances where the lack of a scene break prevented me from realizing that those particular scenes had ended. It interrupted the flow a bit but I quickly got back on track. As a result, my overall enjoyment of the story didn’t really diminish which is why I rate Accumulation a 4 out of 4 stars.

There’s a bit of mildly described, sexual innuendo however, as well as few swear words and graphic details. One may want to skip a page or two because these parts are neither frequent nor strong enough to warrant total discard of the book. Accumulation is one read that glues your eyes to its pages and I recommend it to all, especially those who have had to deal with intense scrutiny from judgmental eyes as well as any who have taken definitive measures to live life despite such trials. There’s a teeny-tiny window for a sequel, supposing the author deems it fit, and I certainly look forward to reading more from him.

******
Accumulation
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like Vickie Noel's review? Post a comment saying so!
Stop waiting for what you WANT, start working with what you HAVE. --- Seth Cain

User avatar
SamSim
Posts: 300
Joined: 02 Apr 2018, 10:51
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 43
Currently Reading: The Lucky Two
Bookshelf Size: 116
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-samsim.html
Latest Review: Stepping Up by donalyn Powell
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
Location: Kentucky

Post by SamSim » 09 Jun 2018, 08:20

I really enjoyed your review and I love the premise of this book. I'm highly interested in what ultimately happens to Cam and what's up with his mysterious tattoos. I'm going to read this one and then I'm going to dig out my old copy of The Illustrated Man because the whole tattoo thing made me remember how good that book is, too. Thanks for the recommendation and the unexpected nostalgia!
Samantha Simoneau

“But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value."
~John Adams :greetings-clapyellow:

User avatar
Bobby_brown38
Posts: 2
Joined: 05 Jun 2018, 17:40
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 7

Post by Bobby_brown38 » 09 Jun 2018, 10:49

This is a really intriguing review.... Longing to read this one and any other books under this genre...Nice work

crediblereading2
Posts: 462
Joined: 19 Jan 2018, 13:32
Currently Reading: Bitroux
Bookshelf Size: 25
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-crediblereading2.html
Latest Review: Serendipity Mystery by R.F. Kristi

Post by crediblereading2 » 09 Jun 2018, 10:57

I like yourself really enjoy creative descriptions by use of words. Thank you for your splendid review.

User avatar
ADP
Posts: 1
Joined: 09 Jun 2018, 08:22
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by ADP » 09 Jun 2018, 14:44

life is a matter of choice The decision you take today go a long way to affect your tomorrow! Just like big brother cam. .

User avatar
Amanda Deck
Posts: 5
Joined: 02 Jun 2018, 21:00
Currently Reading: The Vanishing American Adult
Bookshelf Size: 5

Post by Amanda Deck » 09 Jun 2018, 16:06

Vickie, when I read, "I found myself smiling, chuckling and out-rightly laughing throughout this breezy read," that added to my interest in this book. And like SamSim, I immediately thought of The Illustrated Man and wanted to reread that too.
This book sounds intriguing. I'm definitely curious about the mystery man, his purpose, and how things turn out for poor Cam caught in his life-altering -- and even life-defining -- situation. It's interesting to read of people's thoughts on "stereotypical reactions" because they reflect changing attitudes to accepting our human biology. We naturally feel more comfortable with the familiar even as our attention is caught by novelty. In modern American society, it's now unacceptable to be uncomfortable with the unfamiliar or even notice it! I've wondered if this is a human attempt to overcome our "animal" biology and be something greater. And I wonder if this is possible or even desirable. I think I need to read this book.

User avatar
Vickie Noel
Posts: 910
Joined: 30 Jun 2017, 04:46
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 33
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 295
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 86063">Are you afraid of the dark</a>
Currently Reading: Altered Reality
Bookshelf Size: 304
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vickie-noel.html
Latest Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca
Reading Device: B01C9JZEBO
Location: Wandering in and out of great reads

Post by Vickie Noel » 09 Jun 2018, 17:07

SamSim wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 08:20
I really enjoyed your review and I love the premise of this book. I'm highly interested in what ultimately happens to Cam and what's up with his mysterious tattoos. I'm going to read this one and then I'm going to dig out my old copy of The Illustrated Man because the whole tattoo thing made me remember how good that book is, too. Thanks for the recommendation and the unexpected nostalgia!
Thanks a lot for your kind words and I'm happy you got that trip down memory lane. I would like to also check out the book you mentioned to note its similarities with this one. Appreciate the feedback!
Stop waiting for what you WANT, start working with what you HAVE. --- Seth Cain

User avatar
Vickie Noel
Posts: 910
Joined: 30 Jun 2017, 04:46
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 33
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 295
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 86063">Are you afraid of the dark</a>
Currently Reading: Altered Reality
Bookshelf Size: 304
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vickie-noel.html
Latest Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca
Reading Device: B01C9JZEBO
Location: Wandering in and out of great reads

Post by Vickie Noel » 09 Jun 2018, 17:08

Bobby_brown38 wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 10:49
This is a really intriguing review.... Longing to read this one and any other books under this genre...Nice work
Thanks for reading, please let me know if you do try it out!
Stop waiting for what you WANT, start working with what you HAVE. --- Seth Cain

User avatar
Vickie Noel
Posts: 910
Joined: 30 Jun 2017, 04:46
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 33
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 295
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 86063">Are you afraid of the dark</a>
Currently Reading: Altered Reality
Bookshelf Size: 304
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vickie-noel.html
Latest Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca
Reading Device: B01C9JZEBO
Location: Wandering in and out of great reads

Post by Vickie Noel » 09 Jun 2018, 17:10

crediblereading2 wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 10:57
I like yourself really enjoy creative descriptions by use of words. Thank you for your splendid review.
Then you're in for a thrill, I assure you. Get ready to go full throttle. Also, thanks for reading and commenting.
Stop waiting for what you WANT, start working with what you HAVE. --- Seth Cain

User avatar
MsTri
Posts: 729
Joined: 02 Jul 2017, 12:56
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 133
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 15362">The Prodigal Son</a>
Currently Reading: A Game of Thrones
Bookshelf Size: 225
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mstri.html
Latest Review: Prey to the Lord by Frank Catanzano
Reading Device: B00L89V1AA
Location: Chicago, IL

Post by MsTri » 09 Jun 2018, 17:41

As a lover of tattoos - I have seven as of this writing, all well thought-out and on purpose - I've always been fascinated by people who wake up with tats they don't remember getting. It sounds like this book takes that premise and cranks it up ten-fold. I'll definitely read it as time allows... Thanks for the very thorough and thoughtful review.

User avatar
joshfee77
Posts: 211
Joined: 03 Apr 2018, 02:11
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 76
Currently Reading: Uncle Walter's Secret
Bookshelf Size: 110
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-joshfee77.html
Latest Review: The Lost Identity Casualties by Kim Ekemar
Location: Australia

Post by joshfee77 » 09 Jun 2018, 18:36

Seems like a beautifully written book with an intriguing supernatural element. I love books that really grab you and drag you into the story. Thanks for your informative review!

tkrapish
Posts: 18
Joined: 20 Mar 2018, 10:45
Currently Reading: The Girl Who Knew da Vinci
Bookshelf Size: 29
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-tkrapish.html
Latest Review: The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid by Gary Robinson

Post by tkrapish » 09 Jun 2018, 19:21

This book sounds very interesting. I really enjoyed your review. I was drawn to this book because I enjoy books that have characters that are seen as different from society's point of view. Thank you for confirming my suspicions when you stated "there are two sides to every story." I can't wait to read the book to see how the story evolves.

User avatar
Sahani Nimandra
Trial Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 900
Joined: 27 Nov 2017, 22:49
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 5
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 89
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 180
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... >Emotional Intelligence</a>
Currently Reading: A World Without Color
Bookshelf Size: 342
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sahani-nimandra.html
Latest Review: The Buried Secrets of Peonies by Mernegar Dorgoly
Location: Sri Lanka

Post by Sahani Nimandra » 09 Jun 2018, 21:19

A bit of everything makes it a good read. Your synopsis kept my interest on the run. Sounds like a read that will keep you sticked for a long longgggg time. Thank you for a delightful review!
Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book!

User avatar
Vickie Noel
Posts: 910
Joined: 30 Jun 2017, 04:46
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 33
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 295
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 86063">Are you afraid of the dark</a>
Currently Reading: Altered Reality
Bookshelf Size: 304
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vickie-noel.html
Latest Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca
Reading Device: B01C9JZEBO
Location: Wandering in and out of great reads

Post by Vickie Noel » 09 Jun 2018, 21:32

MsTri wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 17:41
As a lover of tattoos - I have seven as of this writing, all well thought-out and on purpose - I've always been fascinated by people who wake up with tats they don't remember getting. It sounds like this book takes that premise and cranks it up ten-fold. I'll definitely read it as time allows... Thanks for the very thorough and thoughtful review.
Wow, then I'm sure you'll sympathize a lot with Cam, in fact, pretty much become him. I'd love to hear what you think whenever you're through with the book! Thanks so much for your input.
Stop waiting for what you WANT, start working with what you HAVE. --- Seth Cain

User avatar
Vickie Noel
Posts: 910
Joined: 30 Jun 2017, 04:46
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 33
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 295
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 86063">Are you afraid of the dark</a>
Currently Reading: Altered Reality
Bookshelf Size: 304
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vickie-noel.html
Latest Review: Accumulation by Buan Boonaca
Reading Device: B01C9JZEBO
Location: Wandering in and out of great reads

Post by Vickie Noel » 09 Jun 2018, 21:43

joshfee77 wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 18:36
Seems like a beautifully written book with an intriguing supernatural element. I love books that really grab you and drag you into the story. Thanks for your informative review!
I'm glad to hear that. The story had me baited like a helpless, little fish :D The author really got crafty with this work. Thanks for reading!
Stop waiting for what you WANT, start working with what you HAVE. --- Seth Cain

Post Reply

Return to “Other Fiction Forum”