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Mark Boss writes fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. His author site is:

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  • File Size: 1425 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081UC30Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My story: Sometimes people ask, "How did you get started in writing?"

I could talk about reading F. Scott Fitzgerald or Edith Wharton or Leo Tolstoy or Charles Dickens and feeling so inspired I sat down with a quill and a scroll and poured forth a novel.

But the truth?

Comic books.

In third grade I read J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT. It was wonderful. And a challenge for my limited reading skills. But it was BIG. Wizards, dwarves, goblins, hobbits. And not just any wizard, but Gandalf wielding Glamdring. And not just any monsters, but Smaug, the great dragon. Heck, even the battle wasn't a battle between two armies. Oh no. Tolkien had a battle with FIVE armies! Awesome.

I was eight years old and I knew I couldn't write a book like that.

But comics? Comics were friendly. They were short in pages, but epic in storytelling. Marvel, DC, Charlton Comics, and all the rest were accessible. I knew how to draw, and color, and I could write simple dialogue like, "Hulk smash!"

So I got a spiral notebook, turned it sideways (for landscape view), and wrote a story. I made up a plot, drew the pictures, and filled in the dialogue. In my story, the Fantastic Four teamed up with Spiderman to stop the Hulk's latest rampage. By the end of the story, everyone became friends. Hulk and Thing even shook hands.

The main difference between my spiral notebook and a regular comic, other than the art and the writing, was that all my characters were cats. Human bodies with cat heads, and cat tails. Spidercat, Kitty Hulk, etc. Okay, that's kinda weird, but the point is that when I wrote/drew the last page, I had told a story.

And there I went.

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Dead Girl, by Mark Boss

Dahlia Grove's head-to-head collision in the middle of a high school soccer match lands her in another world--the Shadow Lands. In this world, the brain tumor lurking beneath the surface of her skull is a flesh and blood monster whose defeat will heal Dahlia.

While Dahlia believes herself to be alone in her struggle, she soon discovers she isn't. The Shadow Lands are inhabited by a community of children just like her who have learned that banding together to fight their cancer monsters makes sense.

But there are enemies beyond their cancer monsters. One in particular--a power hungry witch whose sole desire is to wrest control of the Shadow Lands for herself. In the real world, the witch is nothing more than a frumpy, down-and-out nurse whose idea of thrills is euthanizing patients she doesn't deem worthy to live. But in the Shadow Lands, she is beautiful, and powerful and cruel, her attire a slinky silver number that floats like mercury against her long, lithe limbs.

Drawn into the world of the Shadow Lands by the plucky heroine and her friends, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as they battled monsters, as well as their own fears and learned important lessons about the power of friendship.

Like Harry Potter's world, Dahlia's is a world where evil is defined by power-lust, and good by friends banding together in a fearless quest for the healing of not only one another, but the world.

Boss has done his work well. Readers will find the murky post-apocalyptic world of the Shadow Lands completely believable, and will find themselves rooting for the crushing of malevolent evil--epitomized by the cancer monsters--by the relentless few whose courage overtakes their fear.

Milinda Jay Stephenson
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I am an avid sci-fi/fantasy book reader who over my 45 years of life have read a LOT of books. I'm very picky with regards to what I like and dislike. There are things that rub me the wrong way and if a book does this early on it ruins it for me. I am also not a fan of "a book is great if a ton of people tell me it is great" - I couldn't force myself past a few of the Thomas Covenant books or the Robert Jordan books for many reasons, and find someone like Guy Gavriel Kay to be my type of author (at least some of his books) simply due to great story-telling, interesting characters, and tight editing.

My impressions of Dead Girl, for what it is worth (not much - LOL)

1 - Excellently edited and written. No spelling or gramatical errors that I could detect, well put together, flowed well.

2 - Interesting and unique story. Quite creepy and scary, very dark. Mark's descriptions of monsters, action, and the world really put me there - I could feel the cold, damp, dreary environment, and I loved how things (metal especially) were just corroding and falling apart.

My one and only real criticism that was more of a factor at the beginning but waned a bit towards the end, was the main character, Dahlia. She talked and thought more like a 35 year old, with words, experiences, knowledge, etc. than what she really was, a 16 year old. Even a genius 16 year old would not say some of the things she said or have the sort of knowledge that she has. So it sort of bugged me for a while in that I just couldn't get into her being 16. But as the story progressed it seemed she didn't do that as often.

I definitely enjoyed the story!
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Boss is a talented writer, no doubt. While I like his work in general, I have to say Dead Girl showed great strides in his writing. As always with his work, it's a quick and exciting read. I actually went back and re-read parts because I didn't want it to be over when it was done. I'm dying to read Dead Girl 2 to find out more about The Shadowlands and the relationship between those in "our world" and those fighting their monsters. How can some pass between the worlds so easily? Millions of questions to be answered in the sequel :). The whole concept of coma patients fighting in an alternate reality is an amazing display of creativity while at the same time really scary! Don't read this in the hospital at the bedside of a loved one in a coma! I love the idea that some people are just relentless in fighting for their lives because I think that is very true coma or no coma. The courage and hope the main character has among seemingly insurmountable odds is inspiring and brings a loveliness to the book you don't expect. If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Dead Girl!
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I am not a fan of reviews that recap the entire story, so you do not have worry about any spoiler alerts. I'm going to be honest, I normally do not like books with graphic monster descriptions; however, I was so intrigued with the idea of Dahlia's reality while in her coma that I forced myself to get over my willies. For me, it's like getting into a really cold pool. Some people jump all the way in at once, and others inch in toe by toe. I would read a chapter and set it down, then distract myself with something else, and come back to it. I also didn't read it late at night. Eventually, I became quite comfortable and could read it with my normal abandon.

The story itself is full of action, courage, interesting characters (many who aren't monsters), and vivid setting descriptions. I'm really glad that the author has planned another book, because although the ending provided satisfaction, I did have some questions that will hopefully be addressed in the next installment.
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