Natasha Slight lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two daughters. Although, she has an aversion to -20 degree temperatures, she keeps warm and cozy, while writing in her home office. Being a stay-at-home mom and an avid reader and collector of books for many years, she traveled frequently, following her husband and his work. The settings in the stories she writes are enriched with details she has gleaned from her travels around the world. Armed with a quirky sense of humor, Natasha writes to inspire, tap into the mind, and unleash the imagination within. Guardians of the Grimoire is her debut novel.
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Smashwords book reviews by Natasha Slight
on Oct. 07, 2012
Recently, I have had the immense pleasure of reading Daimones, by Massimo Marino. We begin with excerpts of real news articles about the death of thousands of fishes and birds. For those of you who keep up with current events, you will have noticed that the internet has been peppered these past few years with such articles.
Our main character Dan is a loving family man who does the daily drone of going to work. What I really enjoyed at the beginning of the book is the description of the work environment, the peer competition, and the office politics. Here I’m thinking the author might be pulling from real life experience and I like it, because it’s believable! Write what you know as they say, right?
Dan is not happy with some of his coworkers, specifically the kiss-ass types who always manage to push their ideas onto the head honchos, despite the fact that it wouldn’t be in the company’s best interest. I’m talking about Carl who can and will suck up to every honcho in the company for his own advancement. Sound familiar anyone? On the other hand, we have Dan. To use Dan’s words, ‘he refuses to oil squeaking wheels or lick boots.’ Suffice it to say he gets fired and it’s the last ‘normal’ day he’ll ever have....at least for a while that is.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes: ‘I (Dan) was an impediment for someone, or considered to be one, refusing to put lipstick on pigs.’ Ouch!
Dan drives home while listening to a barrage of bad news streaming from the radio. Reading this part reminded me of why I don’t listen to the news. Waaay too depressing! But Dan on the other hand can’t believe how disastrous humanity has become. Killings, terrorist acts, species dying with no apparent reason, countries at war, on and on it goes. I almost wanted to smack Dan on the shoulder and tell him to shut off the radio.
Fast forward and Dan gets home to his family and is pummeled with more ‘evil’ news on TV. The author succeeds in showing just how decrepit the human society has become. And you know what? Things can actually get worse! Dan, along with his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Annah all head to bed at the end of the evening. All seems normal and poor Dan is now wondering what he’s going to do for work.
He wakes up in the middle of the night because of a strong windstorm blowing outside. The next morning the family is chipper and Dan heads out to bring Annah to school. On the way, he spots a tractor with the driver slumped over. He calls his wife and asks her to call the emergency personnel. Then he gets on the highway and that’s when things take a queer turn. There are cars everywhere, having crashed in one way or another. Nothing moves and there is no noise. Dan freaks and heads back home.
From there the story takes us through Dan’s discovery of what has happened to the people of the community. He goes to see if his neighbors are all right and comes back wishing he hadn’t gone looking. Confusion, sadness, and fear start to mix into a potent mixture. What has happened? I’ll let you discover this for yourself.....Will you believe me if I say that Facebook just might save the day?
The scenes the author has created made me laugh, made me feel sad, and had me questioning myself if I were put in that same position. What would you do if you knew your child could be the only one left alive in the world with no hope of a future, only waiting for her dying day? See what I mean? Makes you think. One particular scene even freaked me out. I mean really freaked me out! I’m not joking! Sitting alone in my office with darkness outside my window, I couldn’t take it anymore one night and had to shut the blinds. The next scenes seem to dig into my unconscious fears. What if I saw that glow? Aack! Lying in my bed that night, I kept expecting to see that slow moving glow to show up in my hallway! I don’t watch horror movies and there’s a reason for it...I have an over active imagination and I scare easily.
Despite a few grammar issues, I truly enjoyed this book. The writing is witty and sharp, and the author has obviously done his research on doomsday theories. In the end, when everything is explained about the First and Second Loss; it’s like watching a marathon of Ancient Aliens, which I absolutely love! All of the information condensed in so few pages was truly mind-boggling. The author provides so much accurate information on so many different scientific notions that you can’t come away from reading this book without having learned something. The ending leaves the reader with a sense of hope for humanity. As I said before, this book will make you think. All in all, this is a highly recommended read!