Book Review: Phantom

PhantomPhantom by Mary B. Sinclair
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Phantom follows the musings of Jill, as she reflects on some terrible counseling sessions she had with a social worker after the death of her mother. Clearly the social worker didn’t do her job, because Jill was all over the place, spiraling downward into madness as she tried to reconcile Occupy movements with the tyranny of the gay agenda using the imagery in the Phantom of the Opera.


This is a relatively short story, particularly since the last third of the book was a pretentious “Q&A” or study where the author, Mary Sinclair, goes point by point to explain every single reference Jill made in the internal monologue. While I disagree with a lot of the explanations and the fatuous comparisons between Jill’s journey and other famous literary characters, the explanation actually made sense as an argument from the author’s POV, unlike the weird text and ramblings of the actual story, which was filled with grammatical errors and had (way too many parenthetical phrases.) I appreciate the passion and education of the author, and usually enjoy the arguments of anarchist misanthropes, but this story was just badly in need of an editor, and perhaps a ghost writer.

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