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Palimpsest: Book One of the MDS Series by Craig Herdern. Published in 2019 by HFS Rundle Publishing
Rating: Four Stars
A real page turner, kept me guessing until the end.
Palimpsest is a riveting, twisting crime story centered around a dysfunctional family and an experimental drug that allows users to access a multiple dimension state (MDS) that others might believe to be in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. This allows the users to access the lives of others at will, including those across the span of time.
As with all means and powers, this ability can be used for immense good or immense evil, depending on the individual. Heroine Lucinda Soames-Parker, or Lu, finds herself in a drug trial at University while trying to make some extra money to pay her tuition, thanks to the poor relations with her father, Edward Soames-Parker. who will stop at nothing to make his youngest daughter pay for not bending to his will. She’s aided by a number of people in her quest to stop those from harming her before it’s too late.
I won’t give the plot away, but the twists and turns in this novel kept me going until the very end. The only complaint that I have is that at times it felt quite jaunty while traveling in time without warning, thus made it a bit difficult to follow, but I later got used it. A compelling and thought-provoking read.
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A Must-Read For Film Lovers
Ellie Midwood peers behind the camera in this must-have novel for fans of silent and classic film, if not film period. Exploring the world of Weimar Berlin and German cinema through the eyes of Margot, Grafin von Steinhoff, Ms. Midwood allows readers to go behind the scenes in one of the most ground-breaking films of the silent era, Fritz Lang’s brilliant masterpiece Metropolis. As someone who has seen the titled film, I was curious how Midwood would approach this novel, and I wasn’t disappointed.
What I loved about this book is how it captures what was so revolutionary about silent film: the presence of diversity within the industry, especially women behind the camera. Before the Hays Code overtook in the mid-thirties in Hollywood, the scope of subjects was unparalleled. Margot and her companions richly bring this to life as the reader gets swept away into the bohemian world of musicians, filmmakers, actors, models, and photographers. While reading I could easily hear a Kurt Weill song sung by a chanteuse, all while undertoned by the shadow of pending fascism represented in the brown shirts that would sweep the country just a few years later, forboding the exile of many filmmakers and actors that would become part of Hollywood legend. Those legends, such as Lang, would leave lasting imprints on filmmaking that we feel today. I can’t wait to read the next novel in this series! Highly recommended!
Review rating: 5 stars
The White Venus, The Love and War Series Book Two by Rupert Colley
Rating: Five Stars
When you trust your enemy more than your family
June 1940. A village in northern France awaits a garrison of conquering Germans.
To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his parents are forced to accommodate a German major. He is the enemy within their midst and, more pertinently, the unwanted lodger within their home.
The problem, however, is that the German is annoyingly pleasant. The major, with a son of his own, empathises with Pierre in a way his father has never been able to.
But when his father is arrested by the Gestapo, Pierre has to ask where his loyalties lie, and who are his friends and who, exactly, is the enemy.
Desperate to prove himself a man, Pierre is continually thwarted by those he trusts – his parents, the villagers and especially Claire, the girl he so desires.
Pierre’s quest brings to the fore a traumatic event in the family’s past, a tragedy never forgotten but never mentioned. Can Pierre confront his trauma, and prove himself a man in a country at war?
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It’s rare that I find a book that I want to read in one sitting, but I stayed up all night reading this brilliant book. Characters move stories, and I was instantly taken with young Pierre. His character arc is superb. He first comes across as this young boy who has difficulty killing a chicken, but as the novel progresses, Pierre finds his strength.
It’s hard not to feel for Pierre as so much of what he thought was true is called into question, yet the novel is filled with humor as a young man’s boyhood antics with his friend Xavier and his perpetual crush on the lovely Claire heighten all the joy and angst of adolescence.
You will laugh and cry as you read this superb read filled with all the wonders and pain of a coming of age tale. I cheered Pierre on all the way. This was my first read of one of Colley’s novels, and I will certainly read the rest of the series.
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