Colin Alston
M Colin Alston, Author, Illustrator & Consultant
Arts And Entertainment

Apr 09,2018


In last week’s article, I reviewed Mark E. Roger’s ZORACHUS.

This week, I continue the series review, focusing on the second part of Zorachus’ story: 


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(Zorachus, risen to the position of High Priest of the dark god, is preparing to wage war against the city of his birth, and it appears that his old friend Raschid is the only one who can stop him.)


As I got into the second book, THE NIGHTMARE OF GOD, not to overthink this too much—but both of Mr. Roger’s novels made me think that he has definitely pinpointed one of the major factors as to why young or otherwise “virgin” boys and men lose their minds after a while of not having any sexual interactions. 

For example, suburban kids specifically shooting up their own schools in today’s American society—insanity manifested due to being socially inept and lacking female attention and intimacy (or toiling with sexual orientation)—not that it is easy to live up to the foolish standards of teenagers that think they know everything. 

Another example: A man like Timothy McVeigh, a vet who committed a terrorist act, bombing a government building killing a host of people— (he was close to Zorachus’s age.) McVeigh claimed to have been a target of bullying at school, took refuge in a fantasy world where he imagined retaliating against those bullies. At the end of his life, he stated his belief that the US Government is the ultimate bully. He was known for being withdrawn and shy, and supposedly had only one girlfriend during his early childhood. According to his authorized biography, “his only sustaining relief from his unsatisfied sex drive was his even stronger desire to die.”


That to me is how I saw Zorachus in both novels, in as far as his relationship with women (lack thereof) was concerned.

Hence, why I titled both of my reviews with: Imagine Timothy McVeigh As A Wizard…

Sex in all its forms is a natural human desire the has been wrapped in taboos and overcooked in massive marketing for years, and all the while considered sinful just for its lustful component to the religious establishments. And for the most part, a desire a man in particular has to pay for in some fashion—and yes, women ultimately end up paying for it in some way as well. Mr. Rogers in my opinion succeeded in showing how neglect of one’s sexual needs can push even the most well-intentioned soul to the brink of madness—no matter how educated, intelligent or powerful one is. It is a far cry from his Samurai Cat stories.

If I had to point out a flaw or two with this novel, and in Zorachus—aside from a few grammatical errors and misspellings, it would have to be this: 

Often, Rogers switches the perspectives within a single scene from one character to another quite abruptly. I’m fine with that actually, however, I imagine most book critics would call that a flaw in Rogers’ writing style. The argument would probably be that it can get confusing for a reader especially if that reader gets distracted or is prone to staring into space. Some book critics may also believe that there may be too much expositionTelling instead of showing, as it were. Again, this is a matter of taste in writing styles. For me, the dialogue is always what I am interested in most when reading a novel and when writing my own novels. My imagination can handle the rest as far as environment. Some readers prefer story driven novels, where as character driven stories is what I prefer. 

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