Algedonic by R.H. Sin

Algedonic

Bestselling poet r.h. Sin, author of the Whiskey, Words, & a Shovel series, presents a poetry collection that illuminates the transformative power of emotional pain.Algedonic is an aesthetic outlook on pain and pleasure. Complex emotions simplified into poetic interludes as only r.h. Sin can express. With his trademark of giving simplicity to some of the hardest of emo...

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Algedonic Reviews

  • Chanel

    I received this as an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for a review.

    I don't know why I keep doing this to myself...

    Every time a new r.h. Sin book drops, I always read it, expecting it to be better. I mean, you'd think an author would grow with each new work, right? But it's really just the same thing recycled into a new cover. The themes are the same, the she-poem one-liners are the same, the insta-poetry snapshots are the same. I always feel cheated at the brevity, lack of poetic devices, lack of

    I received this as an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for a review.

    I don't know why I keep doing this to myself...

    Every time a new r.h. Sin book drops, I always read it, expecting it to be better. I mean, you'd think an author would grow with each new work, right? But it's really just the same thing recycled into a new cover. The themes are the same, the she-poem one-liners are the same, the insta-poetry snapshots are the same. I always feel cheated at the brevity, lack of poetic devices, lack of depth, and repetitiveness.

    I think my favorite thing about this is the fact that he includes some clapbacks at his critics. I feel like this is really telling of an author. When a person feels the need to respond to negative critique - especially within their published work - it makes me wonder how much negative critique there must be in order to prompt such a retaliation in writing.

    Still, the fact that he continues to release these, and they continue to sell, tells that there is a market for which he is great at reaching. So, there's that....

  • Krystal

    This short collection of poetry resonated with me as r.h. Sin continues to publish strikingly emotive writing!

  • Kate ♡

    Brilliant. You’ll get nothing less than perfection from r.h. Sin, every time.

    Read this in less than an hour and already want to read it again.

  • Siina

    Algedonic is my first read from r. h. Sin and I wanted to try this, since I've heard quite a lot about Sin's books. Sadly I was let down, although Algedonic isn't necessarily that bad. It's just cliched (I hate cliches). The book is divided into two parts, the black and white ones and yes, by color. The black one is PAIN / CHAOS and the poems are about sadness, lost love and mistreat. Sin's style is quite bare and the poems are like tweets, really and what bugs me the most? They are exactly the

    Algedonic is my first read from r. h. Sin and I wanted to try this, since I've heard quite a lot about Sin's books. Sadly I was let down, although Algedonic isn't necessarily that bad. It's just cliched (I hate cliches). The book is divided into two parts, the black and white ones and yes, by color. The black one is PAIN / CHAOS and the poems are about sadness, lost love and mistreat. Sin's style is quite bare and the poems are like tweets, really and what bugs me the most? They are exactly the same what I wrote when I was thirteen. The white one is then PLEASURE / PEACE and it's surely the weaker part, since the black part at least tried to tell a story, but this one is full of teenage nonsense poetry without any aim. I had to roll my eyes at some of the poems, since they were so overly used in more than one way.

    The collection could work for teenagers or young adults that don't read enough poetry to distinguish what is actually good and what is not or for adults who like simple things, really simple things. It's like you can't really compare this to Ginsberg in any universe and it seems that anything can be called poetry just like Sin said too. Algedonic is like reading poems from a magazine for young people and the poems were written by said young people in the heart of the night when heartbreak seems bigger than it actually is and they will learn it and laugh at it later on. If this was the revelation, then I applaud, otherwise I'm just "I should've published too".

  • Zoe

    This book is set to release next month, December 12, 2017, and I was given the opportunity to review this title prior.

    As I was reading through this book, it made me wish that the poems were a lot longer. The majority of the poems were about 2-5 lines and that was a disappointing. I have all of r.h. Sins books, but this is the first book of his that is just overwhelmingly short. But this can be seen through a positive lens.

    One thing I can say is that I love that his poetry does not disappoint. It

    This book is set to release next month, December 12, 2017, and I was given the opportunity to review this title prior.

    As I was reading through this book, it made me wish that the poems were a lot longer. The majority of the poems were about 2-5 lines and that was a disappointing. I have all of r.h. Sins books, but this is the first book of his that is just overwhelmingly short. But this can be seen through a positive lens.

    One thing I can say is that I love that his poetry does not disappoint. It is so beautiful, yet simplistic. It also occurs to me that someone who enjoys intricate poetry, would probably dislike this book since it is not very complex and not that deep. The poems are simple, short, and sweet, but it does not change the fact that this is definitely a must read.

    I love the way Sin can write so simple, yet have so much meaning in two to three lines. I am aware this book is not published yet, but I sure am going to pick up my copy as soon as it is released.

    Something I'd also love to mention is the way the book was divided into two sections, one part of the book being on black pages Pain|Chaos, and the other half being on white pages Pleasure|Peace.

    There was a theme for the black section, mostly of heartbreak, or him seeing a woman who did not realize the love she was getting. I feel like this book was written for Samantha King, his significant other, and he is portraying all the lovers she's had or encountered and how they treated her. It was basically about her settling for less and not seeing her worth. One of my favorite poems from this section was

    The theme for the white section of the book was almost similar to the first section but it seemed more so through Sin's point of view and how much he loves his partner. And it also addressed another person, who he was glad he did not give much of himself to. It shows that he's hurt, but in the end, he was going to end up unbothered and at peace with himself.

    Another thing I realized, and it might have not been intentional, but some of the poems looked like concrete poetry. I saw a wine glass and hourglass for example. Meaning his poetic words took physical formations to convey meaning.

    I still enjoyed this book so very much for what it is, and the only thing I had a problem with, was that the poems were very short, and some lacked real depth. However, this is still an excellent read , one that I can not wait to receive a copy soon and I am enormously grateful to have been given the chance to review this prior to its release by netgalley.com.

  • Jenny Lee

    "she found heaven

    in a bookstore

    she got lost

    in the pages"

    I received this eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    When I saw

    listed as a book to review my heart basically melted. I recently stumbled upon him and fell in love with the simplicity of his words. These aren't literary works of art, but poems aren't always meant to be. Everyone reads for different reasons. I read poetry to find solace in the fact that I am not alone with how I am feeling. This collection does ju

    "she found heaven

    in a bookstore

    she got lost

    in the pages"

    I received this eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    When I saw

    listed as a book to review my heart basically melted. I recently stumbled upon him and fell in love with the simplicity of his words. These aren't literary works of art, but poems aren't always meant to be. Everyone reads for different reasons. I read poetry to find solace in the fact that I am not alone with how I am feeling. This collection does just that.

    This is split into two different sections.

    Pain|Chaos and Pleasure|Peace

    Pain|Chaos kicked my heart to the curb, and Pleasure|Peace put a band-aid on it.

    These are raw, simple, and straight to the point.

    You'll love them or you'll hate them. That's all a matter of who you are, and what you're feeling when you read them. People tend to love what they can relate to, and I loved these. I book marked at least 20 of them because they hit so close to home.

  • Shanna Kunkel

    This book is just everything.

  • Giulia Nicolai

    Besides the repetitive, superficial poems about desperation for women, there is now an added bonus of “girls with daddy issues”. Great!

  • Julia

    I truly love R.H. Sin's work. I think its beautiful and important- it always feels so personal as well.

    I was a bit disappointed in this collection though, in comparison to his other works that is.

    This one deals more with heartbreak and relationships not working out.

    The last poem and the leading poems to the end, did not have this wow effect that they usually do.

    I still enjoyed this collection and had some favourites but it wasn't my favourite is all..

  • Erin Vance

    I wish I could give this zero stars. Vapid, repetitive, boring ‘poetry.’ The author needs a basic lesson in figurative language. And in avoiding manic pixie dream girl tropes.

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