Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cumbria Sci-Fi Novel 'The First Sense' - Rated 5 Stars

This week I'm printing a 5 star review of my science-fiction, future fantasy novel based in Cumbria, The First Sense, left on Amazon Kindle  . It was wonderfully detailed, entertaining and heart-warming review for a rainy Sunday. Thank you to reviewer J. Crowther. 

Nisha P Postlethwaite

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious nouvelle fiction!
By J. Crowther

I felt compelled to add a review on here, something which I have never done before, after a friend drew my attention to this book.

I consider myself a bit of a tough crowd when it comes to my tolerance for bad literature, I am a huge fan of David Mitchell, Salman Rushdie, Gary Shteyngart, et al. and am definitely not a fan of chick-lit.

So with my tastes established, I just wanted to add some praise for this debut novel. I found the characterisation to be strong and believable, the elements that set the story in the not-too-distant future are imaginative and entertaining. There are some beautiful pieces of observational descriptive prose, some very moving passages and several genuine belly laughs.

The strongest ingredients of the book are the engaging characters, the storyline, which intrigues and surprises right to the last page, and critically some of the most sumptuous descriptions of food and emotion that I have read since Chocolat. 

I sincerely hope the author is planning 'The Edible Remedy Cookbook' soon, as my mouth will probably never stop watering until I've tasted salt chocolate and toasted peanut muffins, or fennel bread with butternut squash pate, or rosewater and cardamom buns!

Considering this is a self-published book that hasn't gone through the rigorous editing process of a published novel, there are of course a couple of bits of grammatical tinkering to be done, but the absence of the strong editor means you get to taste the book raw, as the author intended it. 

This is no fast-food manufactured pulp fiction, this is lovingly crafted, homemade and delicious story-telling, which you will devour greedily in one sitting!

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