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- Book 1 of 3 in Eville (3 Book Series)
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More About the Author
Word on the street is that this curious scamp makes his home in the wild, exotic realm commonly known as Boise, Idaho. He lives with his dear wife Cheri (Nefarious Queen of the Harpies!), along with an insidious menagerie of hell-beasts masquerading about as common household dogs, cats and ferrets.
When Holand is not wholly engaged in pouring out the absurd and bizarre ramblings of his imagination onto the page, he makes time for the higher, dignified pursuits of watching movies/animation/TV shows, playing video games, reading comics/graphic novels/books, and many other similar mature, refined activities befitting a man of his breeding.
Holand's works include the sci-fi/fantasy/comedy/adventure novels Eville, Eville's Most Wanted and The Eville Protection Plan, along with the whimsical "Snaggle Stories" for children.
Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Holand genuinely loves keeping in touch with his readers as well as being up for author interviews and the like. So don't be shy!
Top Customer Reviews
Alex Hobbs, alone, loveless, jobless, and very recently homeless, accepts a job that appears almost too good to be true. Of course it is. He is plunged into the bizarre world of Eville, employed by a deranged inventor, mercilessly picked on by her cynical, crabby housekeeper. And facing constant, terrifying threats to his sanity and his life.
Encountering an assortment of even odder characters, Alex and his employers begin a journey that is at the same time frightening, absolutely funny and oddly compelling.
This is a great start of what promises to be a fun series. It took me a chapter or two to be hooked by the story, but stay with it and you'll be rewarded. Peterson's quirky humor outweighed some grammatical issues that might have been caught with one more round of editing.
A note on formats: I read the paperback version of Eville. The print was very small for my...um...more mature eyes. For us...um...more mature readers, I would suggest getting the e-book version of Eville.
Out steps a hunch back female who is in garish attire with pigtails and green lipstick. He is stunned. He is holding a small box with what is left of his life, on top of losing his job his apartment burned down. What proceeds is an astounding story of another world were strange creatures live in harmony and a dark portal that is opened accidentally. Bravo to Holand Peterson what a ride. Always a pleasure to find an awesome new author I knew nothing of.
Now that I read the book, this seems to be the first installment of a series. I was surprised to discover that this is Peterson's first book. The only reason I was able to put it down is that my Kindle ran out of juice.
I did find some things a bit off-putting and it made me struggle a bit to get through the entire book.
1. Alex's behavior didn't strike me as particularly mature in some areas. He would fluctuate wildly and in some instances came across as more teenager than grown man.
2. Relationships were forged too quickly. Alex was only there for one week and he seemed to win over EVERYONE in that short amount of time, despite his tendency to gawk and point and act as indiscreetly as possible when he encountered some new species. (Example--he's in a town with vampires, werewolves and hunchbacks but stops in the middle of the street to point at and draw attention to himself when he spies a goblin. Really?)
3. There were a lot of run-on sentences. A LOT. Entire paragraphs were sometimes a single sentence. Many of these could have easily been split into numerous smaller sentences to convey the same thought, and may have carried a more powerful impact because the reader wasn't trying to keep the momentum going line after line, comma after comma.
4. The real meat of the plot didn't happen until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. Before that it was all about Alex meeting with people and pushing back against his perceptions of how things are supposed to be. I found myself wondering if there was a larger plot or if this was just a more "meet the characters" type of story.
5. When the climax happened, I had a feeling of "That's it?" The wrap up and resolution seemed to happen very quickly and easily compared to the rest of the book.
As I said, overall it was good. I enjoyed it for the most part and may read it again.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
This has got to be the quirkiest sci-fi/fantasy adventure I have read in a long time, if ever! I absolutely LOVED it!
Alex Hobbs is a fantastic character! He is one of the good guys. I found him to be extremely levelheaded, even when the situations he faces would be enough to leave me in a mess! Although, I think he was only holding on to his sanity by a thread at one point! Unfortunately, he has found himself in a bit of a predicament. Everything that can go wrong, does so in spectacular style! When a job opportunity comes up, little does he know what he's letting himself in for!
Serene Necrosia is a wonderful character! To me, she is a cross between a mad scientist/inventor and Morticia from The Addams Family. She has a brilliant mind, but her experiments have a nasty habit of biting back!
There are some other very colourful characters in this book. Quasimoody (AKA Moody) is a hunchback and indentured to Serene. Then there is Josiah, the Werewolf and Marco, Serene's ex-husband, and not to forget Dante, Serene's pet tarantula. The list goes on! This book is full of wit and sarcasm, not to mention the gross bits that made me go "Eww!"! I absolutely loved the repartee between Moody and Alex. They have my utmost respect for putting up with Serene and her crackpot ideas!
When I first read the blurb, I burst out laughing! I decided there and then that I just HAD to read it! Holand Peterson has a vivid imagination, and it shows in his writing. This book captured me from the first page, and has left me wanting more! I'm not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I would highly recommend it to the older YA reader (15+), as well as adults who have a twisted sense of humour. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series. - Lynn Worton
Most Recent Customer Reviews
HP has written a SyFy Novel that begins with research project to determine whether werewolves exist. A bad mistake is made and the studies become prey. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting premise and well written. It seemed to take forever to get to the climactic scene(s) and then it was quickly over. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elizabeth
This book was a hell of a lot of fun. It was silly and funny. I found myself grinning like a fool many times. I love finding new authors and Mr. Peterson is now on my watch list.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fun book ... perfect for light reading ... even in the dark.
It does help to be a bit twisted.
This was funny and interesting. I liked this story and the characters, including the brain. It was very amusing and just wonderful.Published 17 months ago by Lindy Alberts
Simply unreadable at the moment. I am in chapter 8 of 30 in the Kindle edition of this book, and I simply cannot take it anymore. The premise of the story seems good. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shopping Gal