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Phantasy

Published Date: November 7, 2013

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1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
English
978-1492979531


Short Description

Story about a disgruntled young man who begins to therapeutically write and in the process, creates a fantasy world where, he ends up creating a monster which seems to be totally indestructible!



Long Description

Fired from his job, dumped by his girlfriend and shoved around by the world, a young, lazy, day-dreamer takes refuge in his world of dreams and fantasies, and finally decides to become a writer. And what does he want to write about? He wants to write about monsters! He wants to write about fights, action, adventure, etc.! He's writing a book about:

'Two simple minded, happy-go-lucky buddies suddenly find themselves in trouble when they are attacked by a 3000-year old fireball-belching monster whom nothing seems to be able to defeat. When all the tricks of the local police fail to control the creature, and ordinary bullets and bombs prove useless, the question remains - will the world ever be able to get rid of this menace once and for all?'

He has started created a world of his own, a world in which only HE can rule with full authority. But will he be able to finish what he's started? More importantly, will he be able to taste success in his new venture?

Customer Reviews

10 Comments

  1. Brandon
    Brandon August 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm .

    Review: This was a pretty good tale of a man with a vivid imagination. The book was well written, and the plot was unique. There were some points in the story where it felt like the words were just fillers, but it didn't really detract from the story. Author Marlowe Sr. has a lot of potential, and I cannot wait to read something else of theirs! I'd recommend this book to any fantasy fan out there. Also, a note about the cover: I believe the cover makes the book look a bit amateurish, but don't be deceived. Top notch book with a less than a notch cover here.

  2. Lorie
    Lorie August 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm .

    A fantastic adventure!

    This was a wonderful adventure, kind of a Lewis Caroll journey into the imagination. Only, this time, something flies out from there and attacks a guy who is down on his luck. The vividness of the characters and their predicament is just great. This is one of those books you can really picture in your head. A pure, true, escapist tale. Something that you can enjoy and remember for a long time to come. I wish there were more stories like this!

  3. Sue Taylor
    Sue Taylor August 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm .

    A Challenging Read.
    A unique read challenging in places, but well worth persevering. There is a fair bit of explicit language but the author had the courtesy to for warn
    The book is intriguing but you need to stay focussed or you can easily get lost to what is real. The formatting took a while to get used to, but once I got into the flow I ceased to notice it.
    The storyline is clever and takes you into the mind of a young man battling with anger. We get to eavesdrop on the crazy chatter inside his head, which could be exhausting in places, so much I had to remind myself that this emotionally challenged guy wasn't real. This was to the credit of the author who has the ability to create strong life-like characters, well done to him for being brave enough to step outside the box.

  4. Stephanie
    Stephanie August 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm .

    I was a little intimidated by this book at first. When I opened the book and the beginning tells you how to read it, that was a bit weird. I proceeded to read, and I actually appreciated how the book was written. The way in which the book is written is like a play/story/journal. When you see a story like this at first all you think of is how jumbled and scattered everything is. But because it was written the way it was, it is quite easy to understand.

    I immediately felt for the guy when he wakes up after a sucky night and his mom starts yelling at him. I mean, throughout the book it's like he is in one big nightmare. He starts to write to get out his tensions, issues, and problems going on in his life. I can relate to the main character because sometimes people need to get things off their chest, and that is what he was doing.

    I don't want to spoil the book by writing too into it, but I can promise that anyone having a bad day would love to read how this book is written. The emotions are there, you can feel them, see them, practically touch them.

  5. Zainab
    Zainab August 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm .

    I've got a free ARC in exchange for a review.

    Okay, first things are first..
    I LOVE HOW IT'S WRITTEN!
    it's the first time for me to read something written in this style, it was weird in the start, it took me quiet few pages to get used to it, but it was so much fun reading this!

    What I loved: the idea is SO unique! I also loved how real the main characters were, sometimes i actually related to him, and it was actually fun to know I'm not the only whiny-baby on the planet :D

    What I didn't like: also the main character LOL sometimes he was too dumb! Like, it was in front of his eyes, but he always chose to cry it out and curse the whole universe :D The book was kinda slow sometimes.

    Overall: It was such a new experience for me, and I'm really grateful for giving me the chance to read it :)

  6. Alicia Cagey
    Alicia Cagey August 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm .

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

    The star rating might depend on your knowledge of traditional writing structure (MFA's beware). I gave it four stars because it's so outside of the box, I couldn't help it. The style is stream of consciousness run amok and one can't help but admire the writer's risk (though it takes the reader at little while to get into the story).

    As for the story--well, I can't help but personally relate to people whose lives are totally upturned on every level. And for someone to escape from such a life by writing himself into a complex fantasy world, bravo for him.

    If you like unique, this is for you.

  7. Erica Greer
    Erica Greer August 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm .

    (I was given this free ebook in exchange for an honest review)

    This book is different from what I normally read but that is ok because I have no problem branching out with a different approach to other genres. When I first started reading this book I was a little hesitant at first because of how it started off. To me it was written out like a screen play or a journal entry. At first can be somewhat confusing with the going back and forth to "then" and now" but once you keep reading it is easy to understand.

    I did feel bad for the guy because basically his life just sucked. He got fired from his job, lost his girlfriend, and his home life isn't great either. He writes to vent out his problems. I like that he does that because as the reader that is something that a lot of people can relate to as they are reading the book. I know I can. Another thing that I liked about the book is that he takes refuge in a world of his fantasies. Sometimes you just need that escape and I fully understand that.

    Overall this was good and I did enjoy reading it.I loved that I can relate to this book and the character because I take refuge in reading which is my escapism. I would recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this author.

    Rating: 4Stars

    Recommend? Yes

  8. Serena Walken
    Serena Walken August 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm .

    First of all, this book is different from the usual fare.
    There is capitalization, indentation used for thought and
    extreme agitation, and it's told in several different ways.
    It reminds me more of a screenplay format.

    The fantasy is okay, but minimal until the story is being written. Still, I enjoyed it. It's more lifelike than anything, and you forget it's supposed
    to be a fantasy novel. However, I didn't mind because I was learning about something way different than America where I am from. Rs, importance of money, bangles,
    subscriptions, etc.

    When he started to write his novel though, the way it's presented is changed. It is closer to other stories you would read on Amazon. A little different at first though since you are exploring with the author in the screenplay format for it.
    There are several interruptions between the novel and his life. You will also see that escaping into his novel to escape is affecting him too. One minute you are reading along and then it's like...what? What?! When did that happen, did I skip several chapters or something?

    You didn't though, and in the next scene you realize the truth. He daydreams. So now, you are wondering what is real and what is illusion?

    In the end, don't expect a gigantic epic scene (unless you are refering the novel phantasy.)

    The author of the book inside of the book has several social issues which prevent him from moving on. Psychological issues that definitely come from his mother. If you are easily offended, this is not a book for you. The author does however make this clear before the story starts several times over.

  9. Rachel Burns
    Rachel Burns August 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm .

    This book is unique as a book within a book. When you first start it, it tells you Phantasy doesn't start until the middle of the book. Needless to say, my curiosity was peaked. You follow someone who narrates in a style between journaling and playwright. His life begins to fall apart and he gets angrier and more fed up with everyone around him. Eventually he decides to write a book to deal with the situation and, who knows, maybe improve his life with a new career.

    A big strength of this book is the inner dialogue of the writer as he's writing. He criticizes, encourages, and works through problems in the story out in the open. It's an interesting look into the creative process. The writing style changes dramatically between his book and his own life story, showing the author's ability to switch his technique. It also highlights the ability of people in any situation to dive into writing and potentially change their circumstances.

    The book within the book couldn't contrast more with the main story line, which moves things forward quickly once he picks up the pen. It does a great job at breaking up the main story which feels like it's always getting darker. It keeps the reader from getting lost in the anger and desperation of the main character. He is such a strong personality, that he can drain your energy very quickly. The further into the book you get, the more he flies off the handle at anyone around him (including someone handing out fliers). He is responding so intensely because of his general unhappiness with his lot in life. For the reader, at some point you need to see something positive happen. His throwing himself into writing is that positive thing. He has to find something to latch onto and the reader needs that something to by the time he begins. Up until that moment it's become such a dark, tragic tale that it's hard to want to see what happens next.

    The concept behind the book is really interesting. The execution could use a little polishing, but I believe a lot of people could enjoy it. The narration of the main story involves some distracting formatting (i.e., a lot of all-caps and italics that make it harder to read), but after a few minutes of reading, you start to ignore that. The other distracting feature is the excessive use of ellipses and exclamation points, but, again, you adjust to that as you read. Really the only thing that slowed me down was the anger of the main character. He gets so lost in fighting everyone around him and you get sucked into those emotions; it can be exhausting. When he finally finds an outlet, you feel an intense sense of relief. But being so affected by a character's emotions shows that the author created a strong character. All in all, I think it's a fascinating idea and definitely worth a read if you want to see a little more about the creative process behind a novel.

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