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- "A genuinely chilling psychological thriller. Can't wait to read what Kanicki dreams up next." 9/10 -Murder Mayhem and More
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- "This thoroughly entertaining morality tale explores just how far an average person will go when the serpent uncoils and offers a bite of exceedingly enticing forbidden fruit..." Good Reads Reviewer.
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"Gary Miller is a religion and philosophy college professor living a pretty average life. He hardly gets by on his meager salary, has a wife he doesn't love and struggles with a sexual orientation that conflicts with his faith. But his life takes an interesting turn when Bob, his long-time friend and former colleague, introduces him to seven experiments. They are designed to help Gary manifest his wishes with the power of his mind. Skeptical at first, Gary takes on the challenge and goes through each experiment. As he progresses, his belief in this new discovery grows. It appears better days are ahead and he could finally get all he wants out of life. But how far will Gary go in using his newfound power to satisfy his longings?
Stephen Kanicki weaves an intriguing tale in The Seven Experiments. It's been a while since I read a story with a healthy dose of eeriness like this one. It's nothing too close to horror, but it's just creepy enough to make your skin crawl. Set in present-day New York City, The Seven Experiments is a fictional novel that examines religious, pseudoscientific and metaphysical themes.
Kanicki's interest in placing religious beliefs on the spot really jumps out. His main character Gary asks some difficult questions of the Christian faith. The book's context adds a fascinating spin to many of these subjects. For example, Gary's success at wishing things into reality leads him to question the need for prayers. He wonders if praying to an unseen God is anything more than a waste of time. Maybe we are inherently self-sufficient and can get whatever we want without any external interference. These are Gary's thoughts.
Somehow, Kanicki was able to take a conservative college professor and transform him into a frightening maniac. I never saw that one coming (that's the point of a good story, but Gary made quite the jump from super cool to super not-so-cool). Gary's downward spiral is another suggestion that given the right opportunity and enough motive, we all are capable of much evil. And I couldn't help but imagine if our strongest beliefs still exist because they've not faced real conflict. I mean, how deeply have you questioned your values? Or are they shallow platitudes just waiting to be uprooted by the slightest problem?
Kanicki does a great job of passing his message and keeping the reader engaged. However, a couple of characters were unsolved mysteries. I couldn't really wrap my head around who they were or what their motives were. But that aside, you'd enjoy The Seven Experiments if you fancy spooky but thought-provoking stories." Literary Titan
"What if... you could have it all? Wealth. Health. Youth. Power. A fancy house. A garage full of fast cars. The objects of your desire, immediately available. And what if it could start with something as simple as want? Wanting, and then getting. That's the lure of this thoroughly entertaining morality tale - one which explores just how far an average person will go when the serpent uncoils and offers a bite of exceedingly enticing forbidden fruit.
Although the premise of The Seven Experiments is pretty straightforward, and it's delivered in the accessible format of a flat-out page-turner, this is a novel of quiet accomplishment. You might imagine that we're treading shallow waters with the power of positive thinking, making success manifest through visualisation, but author Stephen Kanicki trawls some satisfyingly murky depths.
Initially it's easy to celebrate alongside hard-up college professor Gary Miller when the first of the seven experiments seem to be working out for him. He seems to be an archetypal underdog, finally having his day. But Gary soon reveals his sinister side and the people around him start to suffer as his fortunes improve. Fans of Mindhunter on Netflix will be fascinated by how Gary's character evolves; how his inner sociopath rises to take over the reins.
I absolutely galloped through the pages, transfixed by the awful things unfolding and unable to predict what might happen next. And I adored the cameo appearance by the Prince of Lies himself...
You may find The Seven Experiments listed in the sci-fi or fantasy section, but it's more like a suspense-thriller which veers into speculative / supernatural territory. The superficial story simply serves as a springboard for a challenging conversation about moral philosophy and the human capacity for greedy self-deception. It's all very relevant at a time when we're questioning the ethics of our consumer society.
Just how much is enough? And if you could have it all, but someone else had to carry the consequences, would you hesitate?
A genuinely chilling psychological thriller. Can't wait to read what Kanicki dreams up next."
Reviewed by Rowena Hoseason
About the Author
- File size : 660 KB
- Publication date : October 10, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 213 pages
- Publisher : Black Rose Writing; 1st edition (October 10, 2019)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B07X4KM2CY
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #551,512 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you embrace the power of positive thinking, of abundance and visualising the future you want for yourself, you will enjoy this book.
I saw the cover and was drawn in; it was cool and different and looks like someone hiding behind themselves. The Seven Experiments was Sci-Fi and Fantasy category of Netgalley when I picked it up. I know that for sure because when I started reading, I thought I messed up and got something from a self-help section. Nope, it is definitely fiction and it does get to a point when it is a little bit sci-fi and a little bit of a mystery, eventually.
Gary has been married for 27 years; he is a professor and a pastor. Philosophy and religion go hand in hand for him. When we meet Gary, he and his friend Bob are having a theological discussion. We learn that Bob basically has most of the same training as Gary, but he has a beautiful wife, a big house, nice cars and the health that Gary covets. In their discussion, Bob lets Gary know that he too could have all of this in his life too if only he does seven experiments to change his way of thinking and how he lives his life.
For a while, the book seems more like a self-help guide to how to manifest the things you want in your life by the power of positive thinking. Gary is skeptical at first but as the experiments start working, he has more and more buy in to what Bob is offering. It starts to get really strange around experiment three and four and that is when the sci-fi fantasy starts to play into everything.
I will say that the mystery and ending did a lot to make the book better and I’m left wondering if the greater your initial faith, the better the seven experiments work for you. The conclusion of the book leaves the reader open to their own interpretation of what the experiments really are and why/how they worked.
I’m sorry to say that most of this book was not my jam. There are a few reasons for this, the biggest being I did not like Gary at all. I don’t think I’m supposed to like Gary but it is hard to read an entire book on a character that has little to no redeeming qualities. I didn’t like how he saw the woman he married and spent 27 years with or the thoughts he had about her. I didn’t care for the way he thought about his friend’s wife or some of his co-workers for that matter. Then when the experiments really started working my feelings for him just became worse. I think they were supposed to but again hard to enjoy reading about a character you just do not like.
There are also some philosophical and religious debates. While sometimes I find stuff like this intriguing, I think I do better with it in made up worlds where even the religions are made up as well. It is more difficult to be completely impartial when they encompass some religions I already know about.
Is this book for you? Well if you like philosophy, religion and debates on morality, I think it could be. If you love to hate someone you are reading about, this again could be all for you. For me, the premise is really interesting and I did like Gary’s wife; I just struggled with a lot of the content.
Gary Miller is like many typical Americans. His career as a professor at a small Catholic college, one that scrapes the bottom of the barrel for students, has turned into a dead-end job and his marriage to Sarah is failing. He's jealous of his good friend, Bob, a former colleague who now lives in a mansion with Belle. Gary covets his friend's wife and new life.
But Bob has decided to give Gary the keys to his kingdom -- seven experiments that will allow Gary to manifest a new life of his own. Gary, a devout priest who professes theology, is reluctant to believe his friend, even after Bob says he's used his powers to cure cancer. Bob starts Gary on his journey by telling Gary would find a penny.
After that first experiment works, Gary dives into the rest of the experiments. Gary discovers the power of his own mind but also begins questioning every facet of his life, from religion to marriage. Only one experiment fails, and Gary suspects Sarah is sabotaging him.
The final act of The Seven Experiments is dark Hitchcockian commentary on the human condition, and how power gets abused by the selfish. But with the development of evil comes the development of good. The question is, which side does the author want to win?
The Seven Experiments is an engrossing and tension-filled imagining of what would happen if Jesus had stopped adhering to The Ten Commandments and started reading The Secret. After turning the last page, readers will be left pondering the nature of humanity and power and hoping the Seven Experiments exist only in the author's mind.