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Peter: A Darkened Fairytale - Series 1 Books 1-5: Vol 1 - 5 by [O'Brien, William]
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  • File Size: 5592 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Devic Rise (May 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KBH5214
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PETER A DARKENED FAIRYTALE

Written in short chapters and imaginative, allegorical language, this story is fascinating to anyone who retains the child at heart. Crossing the boundary from the world of reality into the world of magic is triggered by an old, scruffy box he finds in the village antique’s shop. “Peter felt so sorry for the worn, tired box that he decided he had to take it home; it would be ideal for things of no importance.” Opening it invites him to explore. “Uncovering a carpet of dust and the smell of old wood, Peter saw on the front of the box three unknown symbols.”
Going back to the shop, “The large mahogany clock began to infuse the room with a shimmer of small silver stars. Smoke began to fill behind the glass, as the clock face started to take up a personality all of its own.” Peter inserts the copper key into its keyhole, which is when he steps into a surreal place, in which there are dangers and challenges to overcome. “The evil world of Cirinian cannot retain its darkness with creatures like the sacred shylong in existence; therefore, she must infest them with evil or death.”
At times, the descriptions do become dark, as implied by the title of the book, A Darkened Fairytale: “Hands as big as spades balanced their superior power as they sat on the fragile stools, and the smell of death filled the room.” “Their armour of heavy green scales contrasted against their dark cerise plumage as they glared from bloodshot yellow eyes.” If you are ready to tackle the dangers in this magical journey, you will love this book!

PETER ENCHANTMENT and STARDUST

Bathed in light or drenched in darkness. here is a world that sparkles with wonder and mystery.
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A great collection! I love the lyrical language, the imagination, and the depth of William O'Brien's prose and poetry.

"Peter: A Darkened Fairytale" is absolutely enchanting. Like the Chinese shop that the young protagonist of this novel visits, this imaginative novel by William O'Brien is "crammed with all sorts of unusual things." The story starts with a perfect setup for an adventure: we have a ten-year old curious and smart boy Peter who is prone to daydreaming, and a mom who is preoccupied with daily tasks.

But this is no ordinary adventure. The author, William O'Brien, uses his diverse experiences, from a degree in geosciences to a master's in science communication, in combination with his childlike vision of the world, to create a fascinating, mysterious, and multi-faceted world for Peter to explore. He brings in elements from a variety of disciplines and ways of knowing to weave this tale, providing the readers with a wide scope of possibilities to explore and ponder.

Peter is fascinated with boxes, especially boxes with secret compartments, holding keys to adventures. Unlike a toy designed for a specific purposes, a box is an open-ended play object that leaves it up to the child to decide what to do with it. It allows for both control and imagination - great things for any child unless that child gets trapped in a box. Then, it could be on to Skinner-style experiments.

The theme of new possibilities seems to be central to this story: there are doors to open, staircases to explore, strange creature to meet, and new experiences to have. That was my favorite book in the collection, but I also enjoyed the "tiny thoughts" and the poetry. Five stars!
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Imagine a ten-year old boy transported on his birthday to a strange land full of odd creatures, some friendly, some the very embodiment of evil. Great hook for a fantasy thriller. With ‘Peter: a Darkened Fairytale’, author William O’Brien takes this premise and weaves a superb story of the child’s plight as he seeks to find his way home to the world he knows. The protagonist, Peter, needs to use all his ingenuity and the magical properties of the objects he encounters along the way to thwart the foes and overcome the obstacles he encounters. No spoilers, but as they say, kids of all ages will love this. It’s the kind of book that you can easily imagine reading to your kids as they are tucked up in bed, and you will enjoy it as much as they do. The writing is fast-paced; the images created by O’Brien’s mastery of words stunning. The story has, as the title suggests, overtones of the Brothers Grimm yet the adventures befalling the protagonist will also bring to mind Wonderland and Oz.

But that's not all. O'Brien completes this bumper boxset with various collections of superbly imaginative poetry based on the aforementioned book. with an economy of words and a supercharged imagination, the author conjures up scenes from peter's adventures and rekindles the readers excursion through the tale. A true tour de force of imagination!
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I have already had the pleasure of reading two previous books by talented Author William O'Brien, Peter: A Darkened Fairytale and Peter, Enchantment and Stardust (Peter: A Darkened Fairytale): The Poems. Now he is offering both these delightful books as part of this great boxed series. In this review I will dwell on the three books that I have yet to review which are presented in the form of poetry in this compilation of fantasy tales.

In Book III..."PETER THE WORLD ~ Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts" the author explores the worlds of Light and Dark with the use of Haiku-like poems. Peter lives in a magical world filled with fairies, vampires, ghosts, wizards, witches, and he experiences each of these characters as he encounters them. As stated in the Author's Note, "the author still retains a childlike vision of the world, which is conveyed throughout the book". This gift is clearly demonstrated in all of his writing as he vividly describes each of these encounters.

In Book IV..."SURREAL PETER ~ Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts", the author deals with the demons of insanity. I like his positive twist on life as he dedicates this book "for everyone blessed by the smallest whispers of insanity". This is a somewhat unique way to view life. But then...I for one, find it rather refreshing.

In Book V..."PETER Crank's Time ~ Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts", the tales of Peter continue through the artistic use of poetry as he makes his way in this magical land which is based on the author's first book, "Peter: A Darkened Fairytale".
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