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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468124412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468124415
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,419,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonata: A Fantasy in One Movement punches a hole in conventional story-telling as the main characters punch holes in space-time. Nic Parrott, abandoned by his parents at birth, just wants to play guitar and work out his relationship with his lovers, the half-siblings, Colim Bayan and Anna Dyne. Unfortunately, his parents happen to be elemental forces of nature, Father Time and The Ice Queen, who met on opposing sides of a battle in Vietnam. Nic's not the only child with a problematic past, as Harvey Quince escapes his quarreling parents in a spacecraft, the 'Harlequin One!' 
If the names sound a little familiar, they are the updated tropes of some of the oldest stock characters in drama, the Commedia dell'Arte. But this particular post-human re-incarnation of Pierrot at one point turns out to be 'The Man in the Sun,' a living sunspot whose neural functions are re-created in the roiling plasma of the solar furnace. And instead of the traditional three acts of drama, the structure of the novel follows the sonata form of classical music. Themes are presented in an exposition, the daily lives of the characters are explored in the development, but the recapitulation takes place on an alien planet where a hive of alien warriors and their Queen-Empress must battle a race of demons ruled by a living wall of flame. Nic must fight to fulfill the prophecies of love's evolution, and Harvey makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to find out who he is, and what he might become.
The author is a programmer who specializes in data visualization, and was formerly a college instructor. His first play was written in graduate school and has written off and on ever since. Sonata: A Fantasy in One Movement is his first novel.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Black on February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
What starts out as a typical night of drinking in a local pub between young friends, turns into an unpredictable madcap adventure spanning continents and galaxies involving an interesting cast of characters each with unique skills and behaviors. While well written and fluid, the reader must pay close attention as the author masterfully unfolds the story and connects the characters and events through a series of crafty vignettes.

Set primarily in London, the adventure involves seemingly human characters who surprisingly some turn out to be merely human-like with a range of origins and unexpected super human powers. The story involves adventure, friendship, love, conflict, and family as the author weaves together the extraordinary lives of the characters.

The names are fun too, like "Colim Bayan" and "Ice Queen", and help complete the fantasy. I found this book to be difficult to put down, as each chapter presents a new creative twist to keep the fantasy exciting!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Davis on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
It has a good feel to it, taking place in London - it gets edgy and has a lot of imagination, a great read!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Popovitz on January 24, 2012
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while reading Sonata I felt like I was falling into a Dr. Who episode. If Brett Easton Ellis had been an educated author his work might have been like Sonata.
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