The other day I went to a local restaurant where the people know me as a regular. As I paid for my meal the cashier asked me, “Hey, so what do you do for a living anyway?” And instead of proudly proclaiming, “I, sir, am I writer! A wordsmith, a stringer of sentences, a paragon of paragraphs!” I sort of blanked. I chuckled to myself and eventually told the person, “I am actually a writer.” As if I couldn’t believe it myself.
For this In My Opinion Review I’ll be covering a book published by the one and only Randal Eldon Greene titled Descriptions of Heaven.
A short while ago I met a fellow budding author named Randal Eldon Greene who was just starting off his journey into the big bad world of publishing.
He was kind enough to offer some support and encouragement on my writing earlier this year, and now that his writing is being published I wanted to help support him in return. His first book, titled Descriptions of Heaven, has finally been released and is available through his site here, or on the mighty Amazon here.
One of the ways I wanted to help Randal was by pimping out his story to my followers and helping readers get to know him a little better. Randal graciously agreed to answer some questions for a short interview.
In this week’s In My Opinion Review we get to talk about a novel with librarians who have the power to change the past, rewrite the laws of physics, and resurrect themselves after they’ve died. That’s right, this week we’ll be jumping into The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.
A new week full of possibilities is upon us, and I for one shall not squander the chance to make it a meaningful one that will enhance and strengthen all the resulting ones after it. What do I mean by that? Allow me to tell you…
Anyone itching for another review? In My Opinion, you should be. Because this post I’ll be writing about a novel I recently finished called The Perfect Drug by Hollie DeFransisco.
Hollie DeFrancisco is another author who I entered into a review exchange with, and it was an absolute pleasure to meet her. First and foremost, Hollie is actually an artist, a painter mostly, and does some incredible work. She painted the cover for her book, as well as dozens of other really breathtaking portraits. You can check out her gallery here. Hollie does book designs for indie authors, as well as some black and white stuff. Bottom line is, she’s rather talented.
Now let’s get to the book!
Plot: The plot of the story follows a girl, who is actually a demon, as she struggles to find a place to fit in in our world. It’s a lot more than that… but that also just about sums it up. Adelice, the main character, lives in a house with a few other mythical/supernatural creatures and acts as their huntress, if you will. All of her roommates require blood to survive, but lack the murderous intent to gather it. Adelice does not. She be killing people left and right. Or did, at least.
The story begins with Adelice in a serious relationship with a guy named Trent and proceeds to show just how unstable their love really is. The beginning does take a sort of TV drama sense as it establishes characters through unenthusiastic fights and a lot of “yeah, whatever” responses. But the story picks up about halfway through when hidden plots and secondary motives arise to throw Adelice way out of her comfort zone. Though the beginning moved slowly, it really did pick up about halfway and a truly good story blossomed out of it.
Characters: As I mentioned, I really wasn’t a big fan of the characters at first in the novel, simply because they all acted like spoiled high schoolers… In my opinion. I just… yeah. It was sour in the beginning. But then one character, a witch it turns out, really started to develop into her own person. Then a few more started to show very distinct personalities as action grew and the end neared. I was much more accepting of them by the end.
Imagery: This is where the story shines. The descriptive narrative that takes place is top notch. Reading the beginning of the book impressed me in that it flowed better than a few traditionally published novels I’ve read this summer. Hollie drops some fantastic vocabulary to spice up the writing, and created a handful of extra characters that really drew my attention. It almost felt like a Hellboy movie or something, with the vast mix of different who-knows-what creatures going about their business.
Verdict: If you like paranormal/supernatural stuff with a strong Buffy the Vampire feel to it, check out this book. If anything fantasy related or remotely creepy turns you off, stay away. That is, of course, my opinion.
And if you like the read of feel like checking out more cool artwork, take a gander at Hollie’s website here and the stuff she does. You’ll find a few hidden geek references here and there that might just convince you to say hi 🙂