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Summary Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ Gillian Polack

Liz Smith Thinks she is boring She knows her life is deadly dull She is middle aged She is a spinster She has just been sacked What else is left but being boring and leading. Romance mystery magic And a slow build to a creepy finish I was especially disturbed by the protagonist's ex boss Penelope aka The Bee Hive I've read articles about workplace bullying on Monstercom but this story really brings that kind of situation and its emotional toll to lifeThe romance was fun; not at all traditional and very well handledI really enjoyed the way the mirror was handled I can remember being both frightened and fascinated by mirrors when I was a child; I was certain that there was another universe on the other side and that if I watched closely enough I would eventually catch one of the people I could see there in an action that didn't exactly match those on our side so when the mirror began to act up I was instantly suspicious of what the results would be While drawing on the classic fairytale concept of a magic mirror as well as upon traditional horror approaches to mirrors the mirror in Life Through Cellophane is entirely itself and doesn't feel cliched I also loved the way the ants were at once a whimsical touch and an analogue for what might happen to humans in their interactions with the mirrorIf you're looking for an urban fantasy that doesn't just follow the same old standard tropes I recommend you give this book a try

review Life Through Cellophane

Life Through CellophaneA dull lifeHer life is about to become very very different Deadly perhaps Dull never Boring She could only wishIt starts with a simple redecoration job A mirror It starts wit. ‘I am Ms Cellophane I have no job and no spouse or children and I am overweight This makes me a dumpy middle aged spinster Cellophane’Liz Smith middle aged spinster rendered redundant and living a life she considers deadly dull Is it any wonder that Liz Smith thinks that she is boring Ah but will Liz remain boring Her life is about to change The changes start with a simple hah redecorating project but where and how will it end ‘Life was standing still waiting for Liz to fall into its trap’Liz may be enduring her very own form of existential crisis but she is not alone Just ask her friends and the ants especially the ants In Liz’s world nothing is as it seems – especially when it involves a mirrorI am especially fond of the mirror Until I looked into it I couldn’t recognise anyone in the story Or perhaps I just chose not to After all Canberra is full of middle aged people isn’t itI read this novel when it was first released as ‘Life through Cellophane’ in 2009 I reread it after it was reissued in digital form and found that I enjoyed it even The first time around I focussed on the hectic drama of Liz’s life a blend of inward focussed musing and curious external events This time around I looked at the journey Liz was taking at how she was looking for a meaning not defined by relationship and employment status Or ants Who might Liz becomeJennifer Cameron Smith

Gillian Polack ✓ 7 review

review Life Through Cellophane 107 ↠ Liz Smith Thinks she is boring She knows her life is deadly dull She is middle aged She is a spinster She has just been sacked What else is left but being boring and leading a dull lifeHer life is about to become very very different Deadly perhaps Dull never Boring She could only wishIt starts with a simple redecoratioH friends It continues with ants and notes and far too many problems If Liz isn't careful it may well end with the boss who sacked her haunting her from a very particular hel. Ms Cellophane published by Momentum is a digital reissuing of Polack’s previously titled Life through Cellophane published by Eneit Press in 2009It’s the tale of Elizabeth a newly redundant public servant who is finally free of an overbearing and underworking psychopath of a boss Or so she thinksIt’s a inward looking tale of a woman's self discovery Redundancy gives her the time and space to find the person buried by life and work traumasIt’s a tale of a mirror with its own unnerving and at times unpleasant agendaKaaron Warren described it as “part gentle love story and part bizarre horror tale” I think if forced I’d be inclined to categorize it under general fiction as opposed to genre fictionThere were elements of romance and a blossoming relationship but it’s not a central focus for me and so I’ll respectfully disagree with Kaaron For me its a drama than a romance On the charge of bizarre horror tale I’ll uote one of the characters on the situation surrounding the mirror”if this were a horror tale we would know itsthe mirror’s parameters”So for me the horror elements of the book are a little too nebulous and understated for it to fit wholly under horror It sits on the boundary perhaps unnerving magical realism might be worth chucking in here Personally the horrific part of the tale is the treatment of Elizabeth by her boss all the horrific because situations like this do occurUltimately it’s a good read I think Polack’s mix of perspectives; first person diarised accounts juxtaposed with third person narrative gives us a very real sense of Elizabeth’s inner thoughts while not becoming overbearing The novel takes awhile to pick up pace aswe get to now Elizabeth but by the end we are treated to an edge of your seat mysteryYou’ll appreciate the work if you have ever had the fortunemisfortune to work for a government department and you enjoy a work the is focussed on a personal journey The fantastical elements straddle that border between genre and literature so that if you are coming from either camp you won’t have an issueOriginally posted at Adventures of a Bookonaut