2014 ABNA Reviews of The Holding Company Loves You

We’re proud to announce that L.V. Torio’s The Holding Company Loves You has made it through to the ABNA 2014 Quarter Finals! L.V. is not only a wonderful writer but he’s also a phenomenal software developer. When he’s not scribbling away in his garret, he’s in the backroom designing Find My Audience’s Writer’s Dashboard. The software will be out in September. We hope L.V.’s book will be, also. Below are his  reviews!

ABNA Expert Reviewer

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

Love the concept. The best science fiction is that which is close enough to possibility to be really creepy, and this is definitely that. Everyone loves to hate on insurance companies (and let’s face it, they deserve it), so this should strike a chord. It sounds frighteningly similar to the way health insurance companies already behave.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

The thing that really draws me in to this story is the concept of the over-insured world, with insurance companies making all decisions and pulling all strings. That will be a very marketable concept, I think.

ABNA Expert Reviewer

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

The pitch is well done and certainly made me want to read this excerpt. Letting a man who wants to electrocute mice go while tasing an older women who just wants to make pickles for her grandchildren is an ironic and memorable twist. Showing incidents of how WORRIES actually works (and doesn’t work) to start the excerpt rather than just explaining it is a smart move on the author’s part. For the most part the author is consistent with a tone of dark humor and irony. The character A.W. is introduced well in Chapter 2 with both action and dialogue as is LuAnne and the green fuzz in the next chapter. I like the Rembrandt and Van Gogh metaphors in Chapter 4 to describe Stan Burton.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

In a world of seemingly ever increasing government control and surveillance this excerpt has a very contemporary theme which should appeal to many. The premise reminded me a bit of MINORITY REPORT though that is not a bad thing as I presume this work has many original ideas and twists of its own. The first four chapters are all well executed, readable and quickly get the reader’s attention. The fifth chapter needs more work. I think the excerpt is a good one and it makes me optimistic about what the rest of the book contains.


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One response to “2014 ABNA Reviews of The Holding Company Loves You

  1. I, too, made it to the quarter finals of ABNA with “Donuts and Doorknobs”. It’s in the mystery category and although I’ve read all fellow mystery excerpts, I haven’t ventured into sci fi. I’ll check out his excerpt right now.

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