Book Review : Frankenstein A Life Beyond (Book 1 of 3) The Resurrection Trinity  by Pete Planisek

Book Review : Frankenstein A Life Beyond (Book 1 of 3) The Resurrection Trinity by Pete Planisek

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A Nicely Written Story

It’s always tricky to take a well known literary world and expand on it.  In this case the world, as the title suggestions, is that of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

In this book, the family Frankenstein faces new challenges, as well as the possible return of the demon that Victor Frankenstein created.

The story generally flows well, although it does get bogged down in patches.  The writing is very good, and captures the period perfectly, and the world Planisek has created is fleshed out nicely.

There were some minor issues with formatting of the epub version I received which made following the constant chopping between POV difficult to follow, and the introduction of characters only to not see them again for some time, does make things stutter a bit.

Overall though a nicely written story.  4/5 Stars.


The Reviewer is the Author of “Troy’s Possibilities” and “Murder in Paint

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Book Review – Elthea’s Realm by John Murzycki

Book Review – Elthea’s Realm by John Murzycki

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“Elthea’s Realm” straddles the border between SF and fantasy

Philip Matherson, slaving away at his inglorious job of Fourth-Level Assistant for Reviews and Reports, receives a strange email requesting information on the Utopia Project, a college paper he completed years before with a group of four other students. When he ignores it, a threat follows. Nor is he the only target. Soon the Utopia Project leader, now a wealthy tech magnate, invites the whole gang for a reunion at his remote cottage in the Berkshires. While there, they are attacked by a terrifying group of adversaries and mysteriously transported to another world where they learn that human technology has spawned several races of sentient beings, some good, some evil. And the most evil of all, the Bots, want to use the Utopia team in their conquest of Earth.

Author John Murzycki characterizes this as a tech-based fantasy novel. That’s a fitting description. “Elthea’s Realm” straddles the border between SF and fantasy. Aspects of it will remind you of technology-run-amok SF while others call to mind epic quests of the fantasy genre. It’s a unique and intriguing story, even for a skeptic like me who looks askance on the very idea of gizmos achieving sentience.

Although engaging, it’s not a perfect novel. The writing is clean enough but could stand considerable tightening. There’s a bit too much explanatory dialogue, and sometimes the thoughts and feelings expressed by the characters are either too generic or too trite. I like these characters. I just don’t think we get to see them in as much detail as we should. The interplay between the main action and the flashback scenes to the days of the Utopia Project are handled well, but the project itself lacks detail. I think Murzycki may have written himself into a bit of a corner by taking on something so big. After all, how do you create Utopia? You don’t. (The word literally means “nowhere.”) So what’s the point of assigning this project to college juniors? Do the students realize their professors have intentionally tossed them off the deep end? And what, specifically, has Phil and the gang proposed?

Given that this is a first novel, I’ll go easy on it and allow the story 4 stars and 3.5 for the writing. Overall that’s good enough to call it a slightly weak 4.


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Elthea’s Realm is an enchanted world where stunning beauty exists next to deadly evil. The story begins in Boston, where once close friends, united by a college course called The Utopia Project, find themselves pursued by an unknown force. When the pursuit turns violent, an explosion knocks them senseless, and they awake in an unrecognizable land with islands situated high above the ocean, supported by a thin foundation, and stars that float down from the night sky to bestow a rare gift.

They are befriended by a race called the Astari, beings with roots in Earth’s software. The ones who pursued them are known as Bots, creatures fashioned from Earth’s malware and virus programs, only now they have a physical form, and they continue to hunt the members of The Utopia Project in this new land. Will the friendship they once shared now be enough to save them?

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Book Review – Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant

Book Review – Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant

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“Elemental Claim” is an exciting romance

Miranda Grant does a marvelous job with this paranormal romance creating a world on several planes of existence. For a writer of historical and futuristic romance, reading a PNR was refreshing and a joy. She slowly brings a rookie to the genre along as the planes revealed make themselves known. After all, twenty-year old Emma, Miranda’s heroine starts the book as a waitress on the earthly plane. Her life is immediately turned upside down when a kidnapper takes her out of her quite boring life.

The author takes us along for the ride as Emma discovers what is happening to her. I was pleased that Miranda took some time to help first time paranormal readers get a grip on the forces displayed in the book. These moments of description are just enough as the book suddenly erupts in vivid action. Other characters, such as ones in the kidnapper’s team, are carefully described and their powers outlined setting up action sequences as the book proceeds.

All in all, “Elemental Claim” is an exciting romance, I recommend to everyone. The best news is that Miranda includes an excerpt to her next book in this volume.


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Free kids eBook Giveaway : Princess Bella and the Dragon’s Charm by Pete Planisek

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It’s a magical age of kings and queens, knights and castles, and royal marriages. For some reason, poor Princess Bella never laughs, that is until she befriends a friendly dragon named Spurlock.  Together they’ll face Bella’s doubtful parents, a snobbish prince, and an evil witch who wants the kingdom and all its treasures for herself.

This light-hearted tale of adventure and mystery will help teach children about friendship, the importance of accepting others, and the idea that courage can take many forms.

Princess Bella and the Dragon’s Charm is the first children’s chapter book written by Pete Planisek and the first book illustrated by Elizabeth Nordquest. This fantasy book is intended for young readers ages 6-11.

 

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For Rogan, the mission always came first…until her.

Attacked by the mafia, kidnapped by a man who can kill with water, and set upon by vampires, Emma Sterling has had her boring world turned upside down. Told that her sister has turned into a mass murderer and she herself is actually a forbidden child of the gods, is it any wonder that Emma latches on to the hot, sexy man who saves her?

 

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West Barrington, a musician from 1926 Harlem, seems to have everything going for him. A job at the most popular nightclub in Harlem, a music career that is taking off, and a girlfriend, Lanna Gold, who’s the lead singer of the group Crystal Dream. But when West awakens after falling asleep on the eve of 1927, he realizes that he has been thrown into a world far beyond 1927 after he discovers that he has awakened in 2016 Harlem.

Filled with suspense, you with find The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler’s Diary hard to stop reading as you follow West into the future as he discovers why he has been given a second chance to go back and change the past.

This compelling story about a man’s journey into the future will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler’s Diary is a story that will stay with you far beyond the last page.

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Book Review –  The Carnival Keepers  by Amber Gulley

Book Review – The Carnival Keepers by Amber Gulley

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A Solid Book With a Promise of Something Special

The Carnival Keepers by Amber Gulley follows the misadventures of James over the course of one day, as he seeks to complete a series of random bets made with his friend.  At least they seem random to James, but just like the carnival that has set up next to the river, there is more than meets the eye in this story.

This was a tricky book to read.  Early on in the story a character is brutally murdered by an unseen creature and things looked like they were heading down one path, only to take strange and unexpected turns along the way.  This isn’t a bad thing, but it means The Carnival Keepers is a book you need to focus on when reading, as it cuts between sets of characters, and between first and third person POV, quite a bit.

There were some very well written passages in the book, especially the action sequences, where the author lets things flow and everything moves along at a cracking pace.  It’s the other parts where the story fell down for me.  It was a little like death by adjective in places, with it not uncommon to find sentences containing three or four of them.  The over abundance of descriptions serves to slow the story down.  The second concern I had with the story is that there never seemed to be a clear idea of where it was going.  It ducked and weaved so much it was difficult to see where the author was going, which is a shame because the premise and the early stages of the story held such promise.

As I said Gulley writes extremely well in places and I will be interested to look at some of her other work to see what evolves, but for me this was a solid book with a hint of what could have been special.


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It’s 1879, and James, a time-wasting escapist, is trying to win a bet. His challenges include purchasing a lighthouse, hosting a séance, and spending the night with his father’s prize-winning stallion in a notoriously haunted attic. But the Carnival is in town for the All Hallows’ Eve celebrations, and the London fog has other ideas for James. Something vicious is waiting to pounce and lead him unwittingly towards a destiny he could never have imagined.

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Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories by Christopher Walker

Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories by Christopher Walker

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‘The Amnesiac and Other Stories’ is a collection of thirteen stories, covering genres from literary fiction to fantasy by way of science-fiction and a touch of horror. For example, in the titular story a young man wakes from an accident and is haunted by nightmares he cannot escape; in ‘Freud in Cardiff’ the famous psychoanalyst moves to Wales, wreaking havoc on the locals; and in ‘The Chameleon’s Blush’ a superhero discovers that there are greater foes to fight than arch-nemeses.

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Hello all! ‘The Amnesiac and Other Stories’ is my third book of fiction, and my second collection of short stories. I’m hoping there’s something here for everyone, though as they say it’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time. I’m still something of a novice writer, which is why I’m giving this book away – right now, honest feedback from people who love books is far more important to me than sales. If you have time, please read this collection and let me know on Amazon if you think it’s any good. Hate it? Then give me a one-star review – but most crucially, offer your thoughts so that I can continue to improve. Thank you one and all!

 

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