Review: The Crown Tower

Title: The Crown Tower

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

Date Published:  August 6, 2013

Amazon Link and ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0316243711

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Point of View and tense: Third Person Past Tense

Genre: Fantasy

Subject matter / Setting:

Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making.
Hadrian Blackwater, a warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with Royce Melborn, a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most prized possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels that the old wizard is after, and if he can keep them from killing each other they become a legendary team. (retrieved from amazon) Continue reading

Book to Movie Review: The Book Thief

I haven’t read the book yet, but now I plan on adding it to my long list. I really felt like I could identify with the characters, and I feel like I have a better grasp on the situation the people were put into (Jews and German alike) now.

The whole movie felt very realistic even though it is a fiction. The quality (production value) was very high even though I had never heard of it before. The narrator wasn’t annoying, but it would have been the same movie without him entirely, kinda weird. If you feel like a good war drama this is the way to go.

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Review: Hollow World

Hollow World

Michael J. Sullivan

Date Published:
April 15, 2014 by Tachyon Publications

Amazon Link and ISBN:
ISBN 161696183X (ISBN13: 978-1616961831)

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Point of View and tense:
Third person past tense

Science Fiction

Subject matter / Setting:
Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World. 

Time travel, Survival, Love, Violence, Governmental Power, Illness

Intended audience:
If you liked THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells this book is of similar ilk. The biggest difference I noticed was (excuse me if I’m wrong, it’s been a long time since I read THE TIME MACHINE) that HOLLOW WORLD focuses more on the characters and the emotion behind the characters and not so much on the technology or environment of the future. That’s not to say that it doesn’t display a great vision of the future, though.

Author’s style:
Character building is surely Sullivan’s expertise. He paints a wonderful vision of the scene but doesn’t go overboard. You won’t get lost in metaphors, but you will know what he intends to show you.

The pacing was excellent. I never felt bored, wanted to skip sections, or desired to take a break and come back later.

How did the book affect me?
It did affect me, especially toward the end. Some really interesting questions are raised, and I felt like I needed to think while I was reading. There are particular parts that I won’t forget.

I say, “read it”. Maybe not as your first Sullivan book, but put it on your list. Even if Science Fiction is not your thing I think this book is a good read. The story is good and the characters are lovable, and identifiable. Also, pick up his other books. You won’t be disappointed.