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Summons (The Panachrest) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 28, 2013
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Born on April 13th, 1978 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Johnny Eaton has been creative from an early age. He had a ‘black’ painting period in pre-school. He rearranged the rocks in his childhood neighbour's garden. He was removed from class for drawing a clown face in crayon over the entire surface of his desk in grade two. He wrote a serial story called “The Gang” for his grade four classmates. He built and painted a tipi for a grade seven history project. He helped orchestrate the erection of a picnic table pyramid in Stewart Park, Perth. When his jeans developed holes, he patched them, and then patched the patches. He wrote a Christmas play for his high school drama class called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rejected” and despite the vagrants and prostitutes included in the script got to see it performed in the cafeteria. He wrote over a hundred songs and toured across Canada as a solo musician for three years. He acted professionally in six different provinces. He published two poems. He painted his rooms with psychedelic murals. These days, Johnny's producing an album for his band, The Chanteclers, in which he sings and shares duties on guitar and bass. He's shaving his facial hair in ridiculous ways. And — oh yeah — he's writing novels and really hopes you like the first one. Johnny tends to live wherever whimsy takes him, preferably with a cat, or a similarly awesome and independent animal. "Summons" is Johnny's first book.
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Overall, an impressive first in the series! I look forward to picking up the second.
One thing that I really liked was the internal illustrations of certain scenes, events, or characters. The artwork is well done and gives a great idea of how the author and illustrator imagine these things look. It adds a lot to the feel of the novel. In a similar fashion, the writing and editing was well done, for the most part. Occasionally, the word selection felt odd to me, like it was out of place in feel to the rest of the novel. There are also a few editing oversights, including a character who was separated from the group in one scene, yet still talking and interacting with the party on the next page. This is mentioned simply to warn the reader that mistakes do exist, though they are few and do not subtract from a fun read. More importantly, I'd read the next book to see where it goes. Overall value: 3.5/5 stars.