Algedonic

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

  • 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.

  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding reader)

    Rating: 5/5 stars, even though it's poetry and it's hard to rate.

    YEET I FINALLY AGREE WITH SOMEONE'S SELF-LOVE PHILOSOPHY!

    THIS BOOK YOU GUYS! WHAT A BLAST! If you're not a usual fan of poetry and simply find yourself flowing through the pages, then once the book is over breathing out an annoyed 'that's it?!' then READ THIS ONE. I don't know if I fully consider it poetry (not that I am

    Rating: 5/5 stars, even though it's poetry and it's hard to rate.

    YEET I FINALLY AGREE WITH SOMEONE'S SELF-LOVE PHILOSOPHY!

    THIS BOOK YOU GUYS! WHAT A BLAST! If you're not a usual fan of poetry and simply find yourself flowing through the pages, then once the book is over breathing out an annoyed 'that's it?!' then READ THIS ONE. I don't know if I fully consider it poetry (not that I am an authority figure in poetry) but it felt more like 20 words essay that teach you more about yourself than any other 'discover of self' kind of book.

    The writing was good, it was all verse and even though some poems seemed to flow better than others, it still felt poetry-ish and the sentences weren't just cut to be artsy and Tumblr. The order of the poems and the two parts made sense, and the overall idea was coherent.

    Algedonic was brilliant and unexpected, it wasn't so much about crying about a has-been-lover, but more about a why-we-want-that-lover type of thing. Which I didn't know I wanted to read but apparently had. It didn't really blame other people for the MC's miserable state but gave them the power to fix everything, internally, giving them back their responsibility. I think that's a problem with poetry, poets always blame others for their misery and then bitch about it publically, which is totally awkward and uncalled for, but that's another debate for another day.

    Anyway, yeah, I highly recommend this if you're not into the sappy over emotional 'she was the sun he was the moon and every day he died to let her shine' kind of crap, but still, want to try out poetry.

  • Aliaa

    My second time reading for this poet, I really REALLY enjoy their poetry, it's simple and heartfelt.

  • Julia Sapphire

    Reread

    4 stars**

    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..

  • Emy

    "she found life in the night

    like a rose blooming

    without the sun"

    As usual, his words reach me <3 it my not be the best collection,but I like it !

  • Aamir Rasool

    4.2/5 Stars!

    My first R. H. Sin book and I can genuinely say most of it resonated with me. I always find appeal in these types of "modern poetry". It is actually more prose than poetry tbh. It's like having a conversation with a person WHO JUST GETS IT. Alot of the pieces, surprisingly, I could apply to my own life and it's just interesting how introspective we can become by reading one liners (LOL). But seriously! This book is divided into Pain which is written across black pages in the book an

    4.2/5 Stars!

    My first R. H. Sin book and I can genuinely say most of it resonated with me. I always find appeal in these types of "modern poetry". It is actually more prose than poetry tbh. It's like having a conversation with a person WHO JUST GETS IT. Alot of the pieces, surprisingly, I could apply to my own life and it's just interesting how introspective we can become by reading one liners (LOL). But seriously! This book is divided into Pain which is written across black pages in the book and then Pleasure which is spread across white pages and that immediate contrast of situational life is immediately represented. I will definately be checking out more of Sin's work. I was engrossed and found myself shaking my head in agreement with alot of the things he wrote about (which is always a good thing!)

  • 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....

  • Giulia

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

  • ThePhoenix93

    I have so much to say about this, so bear with me. I don't know how this person keeps churning out these "poetry" books one after the other, like some kind of bad poetry factory. It just doesn't work that way! Or at least, it shouldn't. There is a reason why writing good poetry takes time, it can take someone years to gather enough material for a collection of poems ready to be published. It's only natural. Poems need to grow inside of us and ripen, only then can we pick them up and put them on

    I have so much to say about this, so bear with me. I don't know how this person keeps churning out these "poetry" books one after the other, like some kind of bad poetry factory. It just doesn't work that way! Or at least, it shouldn't. There is a reason why writing good poetry takes time, it can take someone years to gather enough material for a collection of poems ready to be published. It's only natural. Poems need to grow inside of us and ripen, only then can we pick them up and put them on paper. Not every single sentence someone thinks of in the spur of the moment should be considered as poetry. We already have Twitter for those. Now, I get the appeal of writing these short one-sentenced poems, I've tried it and it is kind of liberating, having this one idea and writing it down in its rawest form, and then moving on to the next just as quickly, without the obligation to form an entire lenghty poem around that singular idea. But then, these poems have to have a real punch to them, they have to hit you in exactly the right place. And when there's too many of them, they are going to lose that punch, no matter the quality. When it's overdone, it is just going to end up being bland and cheesy and repetitive to the point of agonizing boredom. And this is exactly how I felt while reading this - agonizingly bored! It baffles me how much these books are selling and, as someone who considers herself to dabble in poetry ocasionally, I am truly offended. Again, I understand why this is popular among people who don't usually read poetry much, it is short and you can fly through it in 10 minutes, but to me, that doesn't speak much about the quality. Do you choose your novels based on how short they are too? I didn't think so. I'd rather spend a solid two or three hours completely immersed in a good poetry book than fly through all of EIGHT R. H. Sin's books. (I only read this because I wanted to write a hate-review, but I didn't want to be a hater without having read the thing first, YES I AM PETTY LIKE THAT! Also, I love to torture myself apparently.) So, here I present to you some of the worst poems in this book, just so you don't have to trudge through it yourself. (See, I'm a nice person after all!)

    I wish he took his own advice, and no, not EVERYTHING is poetry.

    DON'T YOU FUCKING TELL ME WHAT TO DO! (So patronizing, I don't need that in my poetry, I can get it from my parents for free)

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