Review: The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali

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Review: The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali

33131189An alien civilization, observing our planet for thousands of years, has chosen one individual to make its initial contact with the human race. Maybe they chose the wrong human.

The Fi is a written narrative backed up with links to video to take you further into the drama and interaction of its unforgettable characters.

As a favor to her aunt, Alice drives into Arizona’s stark and bleak Sonoran Desert to check up on her cousin who has mysteriously left his job as a chemical engineer in Houston and has moved onto the family’s long abandoned jojoba farm. No one has heard from him in six months. Alice hasn’t seen her cousin in years. She recalls the egotistical socially dysfunctional boy that tormented her throughout her childhood. When she meets him again she finds that not much has changed about his unpleasant personality, but when he begs her to return to videotape a message he desperately needs to share with the world, Alice must make a fateful choice that will affect the rest of her life.

How to read this book
The Fi is available in paperback and e-book. It is written in two styles: narrative and script. The scripted section is bracketed by rows of tiny flying saucers and begins with a heading. If you are reading an e-book, the heading is a link to the video portion of this novel. Click on the heading to get to the video. If you are reading a paperback, beneath each script heading is a QR code and URL address of the Fi website
Either scan the QR code with your smart phone or copy the URL in the address window, not the search window. When the site opens, scroll down a bit until you see “Link to Videos” and click on that link. You will need internet access to view the videos. If you choose not to view the videos or do not have access to the internet, simply read the scripted dialogue between the two main characters as you would if you were reading a play.

Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads: The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

When Alice offers to drive out into the middle of nowhere to check up on her unpleasant and reclusive cousin she does it more as a favour to her Aunt than anything. However, when he asks her to return and record for him a message, Alice finds herself drawn into the story of his strange encounter with alien race The Fi. Unsure of whether to believe Dicky’s accounts, Alice is compelled to help him document his tale. But as she learns more about The Fi’s intentions, Alice starts to think that perhaps her cousin is not crazy after all.

The Fi Experiment is an unusual novel in that it is part novel and part video. The author has uploaded the video documentation of Dicky’s encounters with The Fi and these can be viewed in the video format via links or read as a scripted narrative if the reader prefers. The rest of the story is written as a novel from Alice’s point of view.

When I first started reading it I was unsure of how well this would work and I was pleasantly surprised. The format does work really well. The videos linked the rest of the story up nicely and were done extremely well. I thought they might be distracting but this wasn’t the case at all and I thoroughly enjoyed this unique read.

The story itself is short and well-paced. Each of Alice’s visits reveal a little more about The Fi and also rebuild her relationship with her cousin. Dicky’s documentation of The Fi edges between common encounters/abduction stories but with more depth and reasoning behind the events. At the end it is very difficult for Alice to know if what he said was true or not, and the readers are also left to decide this for themselves.

The Fi Experiment is a clever and refreshing new reading experience and I recommend giving it a go!

Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking the Shelves is a Book Meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing books that you are adding to your to read list and can be paperbacks, hardbacks, ebooks or books you’ve borrowed from the library or friends. You can find out more about Stacking the Shelves and how to join in here.

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Review: Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1) by Kat Ross

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Review: Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1) by Kat Ross

35836852Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.

Solis, a wasteland of endless day.

Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.

But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.

As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Nocturne is the first novel in the Fourth Talisman series by Kat Ross. Centred around mortal and magic-breaker Nazafareen, Nocturne follows her on her quest to restore her memories and discover who she really is.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Nocturne. It is a brilliantly-crafted fantasy novel with a rich and immersive world that draws in the reader right from the beginning. The lands, religions and magics have been developed in such a vividly descriptive way that you feel as though you are actually living within the pages. I loved the characters of Nazafareen and Darius. Nazafareen is a very strong and determined woman who, despite realising that she may not like all that she learns about her previous life, is fully resolved to find out the truth and protect those whom she cares about. Darius is equally strong and determined to protect Nazafareen and his unwavering love for her is clearly felt throughout the novel. There is also a wide-range of supporting characters all whom have parts to play as the story unfolds.

One thing I did not realise until I started reading is that the Fourth Talisman series is a follow-up series to the Fourth Element series which I have not read. Whilst I will certainly be reading it, I will probably finish this series first so I can re-discover Nazafareen’s past with her however some readers may prefer to start with the original series.

Nocturne is an amazing first novel in the Fourth Talisman series and I enjoyed reading it very much. If you love fantasy then I definitely recommend you checking out the series.

Book Blitz: Missing Signal by Seb Doubinsky

Missing Signal
Seb Doubinsky
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction

“Beneath the entertaining wrapper of science fiction, Missing Signal is a masterfully written work, both provocative and rewarding.” ―Foreword Reviews

“A tiny, jeweled puzzle-box of a book, strangely but entertainingly crossing Kafka with Philip K. Dick to make something quite new.”―Tad Williams, bestselling author of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, and the Otherland series

From Seb Doubinsky, author of The Song of Synth, The Babylonian Trilogy, White City, Absinth, Omega Gray and Suan Ming, comes his highly anticipated next installment in the City-States Cycle.

Missing Signal―a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a government conspiracy? Agent Terrence Kovacs has worked for the New Petersburg Counter-Intel Department propagating fake UFO stories for so long that even he has a hard time separating fact from fiction. Especially when he’s approached by a beautiful woman named Vita, who claims she’s been sent from another planet to liberate Earth.

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Stacking the Shelves

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This Saturday I’m taking part in the Stacking the Shelves Book Meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing books that you are adding to your to read list and can be paperbacks, hardbacks, ebooks or books you’ve borrowed from the library or friends. You can find out more about Stacking the Shelves and how to join in here.

I have so many books to choose from but here’s a selection of the ones that I have added to my to read list this week.

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New Release Blitz: Escaping Exile by Sara Dobie Bauer

Title: Escaping Exile

Series: The Escape Trilogy, Book One

Author: Sara Dobie Bauer

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: August 13, 2018

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 21400

Genre: Paranormal, paranormal, historical, vampires, cannibals, gay, bisexual

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Synopsis

Andrew is a vampire from New Orleans, exiled to a tropical island in the 1800s as punishment for his human bloodlust. During a storm, a ship crashes off shore. After rescuing a sailor from the cannibals native to the land, Andrew becomes fascinated with his brilliant, beautiful new companion, Edmund.

Edmund is a British naturalist who has sailed the world seeking new species. Intrigued by creatures that might kill him, immortal Andrew is this scientist’s dream-but so is making his way back home. Edmund will fight to survive, even while wrapped in the arms of a monster.

As light touches and laughter turn to something much more passionate, the cannibals creep ever closer to Edmund. Can the ancient vampire keep his human alive long enough to escape exile and explore their newfound love, or will Andrew’s bloodlust seal his own doom?

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Review: The Loss (Zombie Ocean 4) by Michael John Grist

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The Loss (Zombie Ocean 4) by Michael John Grist

31373085A riveting zombie thriller like you’ve never read before.

Ten years after the zombie apocalypse destroyed civilization, ‘Last Mayor of America’ Amo faces the loss of everything he’s built.
He wants to be a good man. He wants to save his people. But what is good, and who are his people any more?
Now the demon is coming.
He will save or break the world.

‘The Stand’ meets the zombie apocalypse, packed with gore, twists and heart-stopping chills.

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Goodreads: The Loss


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

The Loss is the fourth novel in the Zombie Ocean series. Set ten years after the zombie apocalypse that destroyed most of Earth’s human population, Amo and the other survivors face a new threat that could well be the end of them all.

I really enjoyed returning to Michael John Grist’s Zombie Ocean series. Ten years have passed in the series since the third novel and the survivors have been doing their best to rebuild New LA. Characters have grown and changed, gone from strength to strength and it was great to see just how even the minor players had developed. The action is as fast-paced as ever and the description used does a terrific job of immersing you into the world that the author has created. I very much liked how the zombies are still an integral part of the story and were not side-lined in the face of the new threat.

The Loss is an excellent continuation to the series and I very much look forward to reading the fifth novel.