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Book Review: Spellcaster

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Book Review: Spellcaster
Author: George Bachman
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Title: Spellcaster

Author: George Bachman

Publisher: Sublime Ltd.

Date of publication: April 3, 2017

Number of pages: 262

E-Book ISBN: 978-0-9908990-2-0

Store: Kindle

 

 

Spellcaster by George Bachman is a Historical/Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban novel set in the Victorian era (1837-1901).

 

The protagonist Christine and her sisters arrive at their family friend’s residence- The Marble’s. Christine, Allison, and Natalie are the debutants of the year. While the sisters and their friends are busy searching for a suitable husband, Christine searches for those who haunt her in her lucid dreams.

Christine has a strong ESP. Gradually her dreams turn into nightmares!

 

Several times, the sixteen-year-old, has out-of-body experiences. Our strong heroine hides her physical and mental turmoil from her sisters and family. Sometimes Natty, who shares the room with Christine, feels that her sister needs help. Christine, however, convinces her, every time with her wit that she is completely fine.

 

As the dreams become more lucid, frightening and recurrent, the young lady decides to unearth the cause of it all.

 

Christine uses her talent as an occultist to unearth her past- life- experiences eclipsing her present life. She uses magic and some amounts of selfishness to find her lost friend from the other life. Christine succeeds but is riddled with guilt for sacrificing Allie’s happiness and future.

Christine and her friend use astral projection to return as people of their previous lives- to France. Here we are introduced to the Spellcaster. Christine, who was a knight in the twelfth century, takes us on a high-voltage adventure and to a grand finale.

 

The novel is engaging. There are a lot of magical rituals which arouse different sensory experiences. There is a Jane Austin-ish feeling to the novel initially that completely flips into an action fantasy. The narrative moves into different genres deftly. The battle techniques are frightening, exciting and exhilarating to read. The reader is left to wonder if the magic can be as powerful! It’s amazing!

The conclusion to the book is befitting for the strong Knights of Spellcaster. The only thing that I missed was how Christine’s life turned out. Maybe, George Bachman, the author has a sequel planned. It would be nice to see Christine, her sisters, and her friend whom she found after terrible endeavor get a just story of their own.

I would give Spellcaster 3.5 Stars and will implore all fantasy lovers to definitely read George Bachman’s spellbinding novel.

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Book Review: Wish For Amnesia

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Title: Wish for Amnesia

Author: Barbara Rosenthal

Place of publication: New York, NY, USA.

Publisher: Deadly Chaps Press

Date of publication:  November 30, 2016

Number of pages: 310

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-937739-83-6

E-Book ISBN: 978-1-937739-66-9

 

The Review:

Wish for Amnesia by Barbara Rosenthal starts with a flourishing and honest Foreword by Joseph A.W. Quintela, publisher, “I recognize her immediately, but it takes awhile before we say hello.” “… A work of pure rollicking fiction…” accelerates the reader’s interest. His insightful introduction to the author ensures that the novel will live up to its expectations of “this wackiest of deadly serious pieces of literature.

The story begins with a peep into the historical background, the lineage, the tribulations and the victories that led to the conception of the protagonist, Jack Rubin. Jack enters the pages with an air of élan, an infectious smile, and cartloads of self-doubt that he masks with his magnetic personality. The first few pages set the pattern of the conflict that the protagonist endures between his schizophrenic tendencies and his ambitions — “through his person the fate of the universe could advance more near to Heaven.

The story then introduces us to Jack’s girlfriend, Beatrice — the dark and secretive artist he shares all his dreams, fears and inconsistencies with. The author weaves the same intrigue for the readers that holds Jack riveted to Beatrice. We see how Beatrice holds her own and, more importantly, the strings of others’ lives to her whims and fancies. As the narrative progresses, her skills in people and circumstantial manipulations become the catalyst. The revelation in “Chapter 6: Jack Meets Beatrice at Kennedy Airport” is shocking! This is the very beginning of the unusual and amazing tidings that journeys — Wish for Amnesia.

The better half or perhaps the not-so-better half of Jack’s life is Caroline. She pierces the novel with her own set of inhibitions, familial issues, and guilt. The strong current of her repressed childhood and the embarrassments of her misadventures disintegrate her from a promising artist into a venomous person. Ironically, Beatrice introduces her student and aficionado Caroline to Jack. Soon we realize that the dark beauty plays a significant lead in the glorious convergence of Caroline and Jack and the eventual birth of their daughter, Jewel. Beatrice becomes the godmother of the newborn and her eventual lover.

Jewel, with her birth and increasing potential, elevates the storytelling to a high note.

She becomes the role model for many of Jack’s scientific and astronomical ventures. Caroline’s persona crumbles into a vicious, vengeful mother who is always high on marijuana. The story races through the tragedies that befall Jewel. (One of the ill-fated events will haunt the readers for a long time!). Despite all, Jewel tries to be a real jewel to her family and environment. After overcoming familial disappointment, disillusion in love, scarring by an unfortunate supernatural accident, her body is tragically ravaged by a stranger. Jewel finally succumbs to it all — in her wish for amnesia.

The tale stands out in its imagery and its tight and gripping plot. The incredible flow of the novel is not compromised even once, even though it took 38 years in creation! Barbara Rosenthal’s achievement as the author of Wish for Amnesia is exemplary. She builds an engrossing journey for each of the six characters and judiciously sees them through a befitting conclusion. The novel highlights the tyranny of World War II through the Auschwitz Concentration Camp (1940-1945), and the drama of the Vietnam War Protests (the late 1960s) and 1985 Rome Airport Attack, among other historical moments, beautifully intertwine in the storyline. The book further glimpses at black magic, the search of extraterrestrial beings and the advent of computers. It also touches the delicate issue of the possible benefits of plastic surgery in a victim’s life.

There are subtle nuances that depict the ideologies that most Jewish families try to live by. It underlines the prejudices that they often face. We see the central characters who are Jews by birth shrug away the religious rituals.

The book convincingly depicts the mandate of Judaism through the central characters’ desires to be the best; with complete commitment in everything they do.

The same spirit of excellence that propels Jack into a world figure conversely plummet his wife into abject malice. Jewel receives her solo lesson of her rich heritage through “Eugene Ionesco” when she accidentally reads his “Personal Memoir”. Their ideal child imbibes the strength of free thinking, scientific inquisitiveness from her father while she transforms her mother’s spirit of competition into an endeavor for brilliance. Jewel has the ability to twirl her personal tragedies into that of courage — to adapt, learn, and move on — to live. It is reminiscent of the resilient spirits of the victims of Auschwitz.

The unfairness of the world towards a face tarnished by accident — a body damaged, is agonizing. The author beautifully demonstrates the ravages of the mind from narcotics and the different ways it affects its users. Interestingly, it brings genius in one and the unscrambling of senses in another. The ugliness of rape and its aftermath is as excruciating for the readers as it is for the prey.

The most haunting part of ‘Wish for Amnesia’ is probably towards the end.

The readers can reminiscence the glee of birth versus the pathos of death. The father/daughter bond strums beautifully throughout the book. We see Jack as a negligent father. He extends his fatherly love in the progress of his work and not in rearing his daughter. Sadly when as a father he tries to protect his daughter, he succumbs to his circumstances.

The book ends with a hope in the inception of the “savior” by one of the purest of minds.

“A Tale about a Family, and Time and Art and Science, Religion, Philosophy and Current Events”—

This is the perfect subtitle for Wish for Amnesia. The book cover of this edition is the aging skin of the author. It fittingly underlines the ripening of the main characters as the story progresses. The cover of an edition planned for later this year will bear a black-and-white photo of a hippie and his daughter on the beach, which are photos of the author’s real family, taken in 1982. Her photographs that accompany each chapter are a boost to the storyline.

WeLoveQuality Books’ Verdict:

The novel Wish for Amnesia is fast-paced, surprising, heart-wrenching and beautiful. It touches the very core of the reader’s soul. Wish for Amnesia and Barbara Rosenthal merit five stars and a read from every book lover around the world.

 

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Book Review: ‘All That She Wrote’ by Charmaine L. Glass

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Title: All She Wrote

Author: Charmaine L. Glass

Place of publication: Elmont, NY, USA.

Publisher: Enaz SOUL (An imprint of Seaburn Publishing Group)

Date of publication:  October 20, 2016

Number of pages: 182

The Book Review:


Charmaine L. Glass
weaves a story of love, romance and the angst of it all through a collection of autobiographical poetry in the book ‘All That She Wrote’. The book gradually progresses from the pain of betrayal; a love went wrong, to finding new love and eventually the beauty of finding her true self through the tears and laughter of it all.
The Book begins with the first poem ‘A Long Time Ago’ and the lines

“Lock the door
Hang up that key”.

Charmaine rightly asks her readers to ‘lock the door hang up the key’ because this book is going to make its reader live and relive the whole gamut of a relationship that is un-put-down-able. She moves through the pain of love lost. As a reader, I felt her loss and confusion in “After the love is gone How do I go on?” She moves on through a series of reflective poems that talk about how she understands that her man is cheating on her, yet she is not able to overcome the relationship.

The poet further questions how although she tries to maintain the status quo and keep the relationship alive, she feels ‘cousinly’ in the poem “Cousins”. Her talks about how the various distractions of another woman, an interfering mother and her own inability to move on, brings the main character immense misery and lack of self-esteem. We then see Charmaine find a new love. The previous relationship has made her strong to witness the ups and downs with more courage and as a reader, I witness that change of thought and conviction in the words,

“I’m confident in our love
For all the good times and bad
I’m confident in making up
Learning to trust…”

These words follow a series of beautiful love poems, ‘Grown Girl’s Lullaby’, ‘Sleep, Still in Love’, ‘So In Love’, ‘The Reason I Breathe’, ‘What’s Valentine’s?’, ‘Use Me’, ‘Trust You with My Heart’ and more.

These poems are worthy of being christened ‘Proposal Poems’. I am convinced that no beloved would be able to deny or stall a commitment after listening to these words of the heart.

The book takes an intimate turn where love flourishes in a tactile, sensual mood. Desire oozes its unadulterated strums of magic in a series of verses. With a thumping heart, a reader can only turn pages for more! ‘7:09’, ‘Kitchen’, ‘Rescue Me’, and ‘Trembling’ are brilliant pieces that showcase the poet, Charmaine L. Glass’s versatility. ‘Juggling’ is one of my favorites where the poem transforms from excitement to stunning! The poet talks about longing for a loved one, she talks about lonely business trips and more yearning. She etches a beautiful sketch through poems like ‘Crying In My Suitcase’, ‘Lonely Road’, ‘It’s Just a Trip’, ‘Tripping’, ‘Orchid’, ‘My everything’, ‘Mr. Unreachable’ showcase moods, choices, friendship and the myriad of varied human relationships and emotions.

The book flows in the direction of personal victories, such as moving on from hurt, the pride, and contentment of getting published. Furthermore, we hear the poet talk about ‘Writer’s Block’ and the dilemma of not being able to put emotions to words successfully. ‘Blank Page’, ‘Last Chapter’ makes beautiful verses.

The haste of adolescence, its repercussions, an abusive relationship, the challenge of rehabilitating a onetime prisoner, racial and gender-based discrimination are pertinent issues in any society. These matters are often overlooked by society yet there is a dire need to address them. Charmaine L. Glass boldly talks about them. She makes the readers see both the sides of the story by giving a realistic, accurate and touching estimate. Her words provoke the readers to take steps to stop the violence, the injustice. The book also talks about faith and belief in the almighty. We see how growth in faith leads to metamorphosis in human kind. We hear the poet’s voice resonate with confidence- a renewed energy and the compassion to love oneself, to victory of self-awareness-

“Through trials, I stand
Rising above all of our troubles”.


Further Analysis:

The book of poems ‘All that She Wrote’ has well-defined chapters. They help the story progress seamlessly. The poet maintains the plot, takes care of the main character throughout the 182 pages. Commendably she is able to add positivity, maturity, and expansion of the main character.
Reviewing the book was full of learning and an absolute pleasure.

All That She Wrote’ by Charmaine L. Glass is a book I will recommend all to read- from teenagers to adults. The book will help understand teenagers and young people in love, what relationship is all about. This book will educate the youngsters about when to say no, when to let go and when to move on. For the adults, the book is going to be a reminder of the things every person goes through to find true happiness. This book is a pearl in the real world. The words are precious and true.

Definitely,  more than a one time read, I will go back to this book again and again. It’s definitely a book that you can proudly display as a collectible.

Rating:

All That She Wrote’ by Charmaine L. Glass absolutely deserves a 5 Stars.

 

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