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Peter: A Darkened Fairytale (Vol 1) Kindle Edition
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Dennis Waller - TOP 500REVIEWER
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A Richly Descriptive Story
The writing style ismasterful in creating strong mental imagery. The depth and layering of the storyline is reminiscent of theworks of C.S. Lewis. If words were paint, then I would say William O'Brien uses them like MarcChagall uses paint in conjuring feelings of awe. Peter's experiences throughout his journey arecontagious as we the reader are spellbound by the marvels that are revealedpage after page. Very classical in technique and flow, simply great writing.
Another characteristic to the story is the sublime nature hinting at anallegory leaving you in contemplation of the deeper meaning to the story, muchlike C.S. Lewis. Shrouded within this fairytale of wonderment are traces oftimeless wisdom that caught my eye.
While this may be a YA novel, it is written in such a way that would appeal toanyone, regardless of age.
This is one of those books that you can read over and over and find somethingnew every time. In closing, I offer this last bit of wisdom from the story, "Listen withan open heart," he heard the flower speak." It just doesn't get anybetter than this...
From the Author
- Peter: A Darkened Fairytale (story)
- Peter, Enchantment and Stardust (full poetry)
- Peter: The World - Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts (Vol 1)
- Surreal Peter - Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts (Vol 2)
- Peter: Crank's Time - Short Poems & Tiny Thoughts (Vol 3)
- Next Peter story due for release later this year.
- ASIN : B005JTAP4S
- Publisher : Devic Rise (December 6, 2013)
- Publication date : December 6, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2223 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 148 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #703,899 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The chapters speed up and, even when introducing new characters and situations, continue to pick up the pace, giving the impression of not wanting to grant the reader a respite. The characters and situations are as unique as "Alice in Wonderland" but on steroids.
The book has some intriguing statements -the tell-tale signs of a good writer-: "I am the Path of Information, so just ask what you need to know." It also has other darker declarations, much darker: "Spilling evil into the world is an act of mercy." There is also the question of having to give up. At least that is the impression I had from the following line: "All of the souls deserve help, but some are out of our reach."
Finally, one can find in poetic-like statements things like: "An honest stranger becomes now a friend..." This is most intriguing because it is also true. Aren't many of us looking for honest strangers to befriend?
Nice, stimulating reading: four stars
Reading O'Brien's fairytale, I couldn't help thinking how wildly our imaginations throbbed before the arrival of television and the onset of electronic games.
Of course, this story is not your ordinary, run of the mill fairytale. The word `Darkened' in the title is not there for mere decoration. In fact, I don't consider this a children's story--more like a wondrous escape for teens and adults. Even this squeamish grownup had to skip over some parts, yet William O'Brien managed to hold my interest to the very end, which is not a small feat--during the US Open, while Serena Williams is playing, and I could not tear myself away from the book.
Why? Well, you encounter Mrs. Kipple, a warm hearted old lady, the owner of an antique shop where all sorts of keen, special objects glitter and sparkle for Peter to explore.
Then there are many lessons you learn along the way, in the Jester's house, and on the journey to the fairy's grotto which mimics our own world, exposing many clever similarities:
Seebright, the bird in a lavender vest with pink spectacles to see the world in a positive way. The mouse that needs Peter's help as he is too small to reach.
Shylong who is so shy, he disappears into the background when people are present, but whose kindness gives him the measure to balance the power between evil and good, a form of our `rainy day people'. In fact, the whole adventure is about saving Shylong.
The lifelongians who live long by not making waves and keeping the status quo, even becoming invisible.
The path of information that gives Peter knowledge on anything he wants, a little like our own World Wide Web. As you wonder if he will ever get home, you read: "Doubt is unacceptable and should not enter you; it is merely evil trying to divert you and increase the difficulty of your task," and you change a little. I highly recommend.
the sacred Shylong who is held captive in the fortress.
I loved all the bright vibrant characters and the descriptions of this fantasy world. From the fish that walk to Hally
Peter's disgusting friend who pongs!!!
There are so many lovely fairy-tale themes in here, from the fairy dust to the magical plants and animals, it runs at a very fast pace and holds the reader's interest.
I can see lots of young kids enjoying this, and I can see lots of adults enjoying it too.
A great read.
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. And that's exciting. But you don't have to believe me. Explore this book for yourself.
Top reviews from other countries
Do you like a storyteller who can paint pictures with his words?
Do you like the slightly weird and wonderful?
And what about Mr Dahl's stories?
Or Tim Burton's films?
If the answer to any, or some of these questions is 'yes', then read Mr O'Brien's book.
What I enjoyed: the unusual word choice, the detailed and specific imagery, the little snippets of wisdom hidden here and there within the story, the madcap, surrealistic nature of the story as it twists and turns through the world Peter enters.
What I didn't enjoy as much: the tale felt emotionally shallow, Peter simply takes everything in his stride and never bats an eyelid even at death and loss, at times the number of adjectives (always well-chosen, however) seemed to overwhelm the narrative.
All in all, however, a highly recommended read!
Full of morals and snippets of wisdom it reminded me of C.S. Lewis and Narnia, but with the twists and turns of Alice in Wonderland. The author certainly knows how to capture the imagination of the reader and I have never been pulled through so many characters and worlds since the Alice tales.
Well written with so much vivid detail and all designed to engage and stimulate the young mind. Great animal characters too!
Surrounded by an array of strange beings, both good and bad, Peter has to find his way through the land beyond the antiques shop and it reminded me of a cross between the tales of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland.
The reader will not be disappointed by this rich offering.