- Taschenbuch: 378 Seiten
- Verlag: Recompense Press (23. November 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0615669166
- ISBN-13: 978-0615669168
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2,2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.483.076 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Nolander (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. November 2012
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Becca Mills teaches writing at a university in California. She has loved fantasy since, at age seven, she listened to her father read Tolkien aloud. The first two books of Becca's Emanations series are now available: Nolander and Solatium. She’d love to hear your comments. You can find her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bccamlls) or through her website (http://the-active-voice.com/contact-me/). If you’d like to be alerted when Becca publishes new works of fiction, you can add yourself to her mailing list, which is super-duper 100%-guaranteed spam-free (honest!): http://the-active-voice.com/beccas-books/ The third novel in the Emanations series, tentatively titled Isolate, is forthcoming in 2016. A free short story in the Emanations series, “Theriac,” will be available in late 2014.
I enjoyed reading Nolander a lot. Great storyline, authentic characters and a good pace cost me a couple of hours of sleep. Highly recommended!
(Side note: there was one thing irked me a bit. Beth's hometown is called Dorf, the German word for village. As a native speaker I stumbled over it whenever "in Dorf" was mentioned, it reads really strange in another language.)
This one was different, though. Yes, it sort of ends with a cliffhanger, leaving me curious and full of questions. But on the other hand, the story also was somehow finished.
It is a strange, and somewhat frightening, world Becca Mills created there. And interesting.
And she clearly can write.
I liked it. A lot.
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The story moves swiftly, flows easily, and takes VERY unexpected (awesome) turns! It's also nice to read a fantasy novel about a slightly older female character (but still only 23) instead of a 16-18 year old. It's more of adult fantasy instead of "teen trying to be adult" which I'm quite frankly getting bored with. It also doesn't take the same route as other fantasy authors where the main female character is so unbelievably beautiful and she has no idea, and incredibly smart, AND the prophecied amazingly gifted one to save the world. She is painted as a pretty average person. It's alluded that she is pretty but not necessarily gorgeous, smart but not brilliant, she panicks, and she has the potential to be very talented but has struggles. It makes the character as a whole a much more believable and relatable person.
The idea of magic and the world the author had given is also something literally unlike you have ever read. Well established and easy to understand, yet completely off the wall, slightly vague, and if I were ever personally to write a book, totally what I would do too! It is set up in a way that the author hasn't limited themselves by saying "this universe is vampires, werewolves, and fairies". She set herself up to develop lots of creatures and characters you've never even thought of, but they make sense!
This is literally the first review I've ever done for a book, but I felt compelled. I downloaded it and started reading at 10pm. 4am rolls around, and I was still reading and had to force myself to put it down. Right now its a free download, by all means, READ IT!
She’s never been able to hold on to any job due to her panic disorder. She wins a camera in a local contest and while taking pictures of her town, discovers that there’s something off about them. She often finds weird folks appearing in her pictures when no one was there in reality. Mightily confused, and bereft of familial ties (her only blood relation is her brother but whose wife hates Beth and limits her contact with her nieces). Trying to decipher the cause of these weird photographic occurrences and the people in them leads her to find out about the shadow world and its denizens who cross over.
From there onward, the story goes deeper and deeper in to the paranormal and we discover more about Beth’s past, her family and other town characters. The story begins on a slow pace and does take its own time to reveal all, but once all the cards are on the table. There’s some big revelations handed down in this story and also there’s some big hints about the future. Also this book doesn’t shy away from some dark stuff, to begin with our protagonist is shown to be suffering from panic disorder and while it isn’t classically described. Beth shows enough signs and symptoms for the readers to be sympathetic towards her fight for normality. Also there are couple of other characters who are shown to straddle the boundaries of morality with their acts.
Overall this story is a slow build, the author steadily unveils the story, the characters and the world within. For many readers this might be a turn off, but I thought it was an interesting way to showcase the story and especially present the story from a person who’s suffering from a mental health issue. This was a big plus from the author and given how well she presents Beth. I enjoyed this urban fantasy focusing on two different worlds and how certain characters tried their best to fit in. There were a few negatives to go along with the plus points namely the pace of the story stays sedate throughout and that can take a toll on many a reader. Secondly there’s a lot of things that are left unexplained which can hamper the reading experience. But given that it’s the first novel in a series, this factor is to be expected to some degree.
I thought this was an interesting storyline with a protagonist who is very sympathetic. The execution of the story and sedate pace however detract a bit and thus impaired my enjoyment to the fullest extent.
The world is familiar yet twisted in a way that feels as if it fits perfectly. The mechanics that rule the "magic" of this story fit like a puzzle piece within the book. As you read, you'll find yourself wishing to dive deeper into the imaginative and breathing landscape created to add to the story, not simply contain it.
Ms. Mills' ability to weave her narrative around these elements is superb, and she really is phenomenal at her craft. Again, DO NOT HESITATE TO READ THIS! It will quickly become a favorite of yours as well.
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