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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! More

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About Marlowe, Sr

Well, I don't have much to say about myself. I have been writing since my school days (short poems, stories, etc) but never could make it big in the offline world due to competition. Then later on in my life I discovered the awesome world of self-publishing! It took me some time to get back in gear but hey it was worth it, and here I am!

What inspires me to write? Hmm, pretty hard to answer that one! Hmm, maybe the dream of becoming rich and famous one day! :-) Seriously, although I consider myself to be a jack of all trades, I feel that writing is the only thing I can do, and do well, without any restrictions! There is no limit here that I can't cross, no boss whose rules I have to play by!

I am a slow writer and more of a seat-of-the-pants type! One I am done with my book I'd regret about not having a proper plan or method etc., but when I am about to write my next book I am back to square one again. Creature of habit, you can say!

I pretty much want to slip into my characters, put myself in their shoes and think about 'Hey, if it were me instead of him or her, then what would I have done/said in a similar situation?' That apart, because my characters are pretty multi-dimensional, it takes quite a lot of research before I can sketch even ONE character fully!

Although I've been writing for a long time, I wouldn't have been here had it not been for a friend: she really convinced me (I don't think it was her intention but anyway) to join the world of self-publishing. She is a pretty good writer herself (actually I think a better writer than me) and doing well in the publishing world! I mentioned her name in my book Phantasy because it was she who helped me in the arduous task of formatting my book!

For wannabe writers, I have just one thing to tell them 'Write your heart out. Don't give a damn about what people would say about it!' I believe that the future of self-publishing is bright, although not everything about the self-publishing world is as rosy as it looks on the surface. There is quite a struggle and investment involved ahead, if you really want people to read your ebook, that is!

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Review by: Queen of Spades on June 23, 2014 :
I was given this book in exchange for an HONEST review. (Abbreviated review, full review found on The Review Board website)

Warning: Even though this may have slight spoilers, it doesn’t matter because the construction is a hodgepodge of horror.

When it comes to something being out the box, it tends to be something I gravitate towards. One of the main things I look for is something that is original yet entertaining. Although I was not originally assigned to this work, it had a few unorthodox qualities that warranted I at least give it a whirl.

I got whirled all right! Whirled into where I sought alcoholic solace, and I am not even a drinker. Usually I’m the DD (designated driver) while everyone else gets sloshed.

Let’s set the pros out here now because there aren’t many.

• Out of the box attempt
• Glossary at the end of the book

Appearance wise, Phantasy is the most atrocious display of syntax I have ever witnessed. I swear, some of the punctuation was made up. Dashes with ellipses. Exclamation points with ellipses. Commas with ellipses. (You get the point.)

This author has a love affair with ellipses. Almost every sentence had them. In the majority of the cases, a period was needed instead of all of the ellipses. Did periods and commas do something to where this author decided he would swear them off forever? Did he think he could do something experimental and make the reader’s brain work overtime to decipher his Morse code of punctuation?

Punctuation was not the only thing haywire in Phantasy. There was a gross exaggeration of italics and capitalization. Either one is used for the purpose of emphasis and importance. Both used in the same sentence continuously is overkill. The author would do much better just picking certain words or phrases to give spotlight to as opposed to big blocks of caps and italics.

Although the author claims the italics were to separate the narrator’s secret thoughts from spoken thoughts, in many places it caused way too much confusion and the lines between the two became blurred very often—within the same context numerous times. It would have been better to use a different method (utilization of spacing or even a different font) to make this separation clearer.

There were sprinkles of spelling errors in this work. (fully pointed out in the full review on The Review Board)

All of the major characters in this work I hated because they were annoying and they didn’t have proper names (which I’ll speak on later). None of the characters exhibited any growth in one way or another. The narrator’s Mom (aka Connoisseur of Complaints and Chaos) stayed cranky and argumentative without any real glimpse as to why she’s cranky and argumentative. The narrator’s Dad (aka Balls Serrated After Wedding Vows) stayed passive aggressive without any motion to rise to get out of his situation.

Dick (the name I opted to give the narrator because his lack of name irked me) shows no admittance, apologies or advancement in any aspect to his approach to anything or anybody. He demonstrates a total detachment from his own reality. His lunacy damn near drove me to want to get drunk.

In most writes, the main characters in the work have names. In Phatasy, the ones that have proper names are the supplemental characters who play little to no role besides someone for the narrator to spar back and forth with. Even if they are talking to each other, not once is the narrator referred to by his actual name.

The reason why the absence of proper names bothers me is because it is an indicator as to how well one can keep up with the dialogue. This is particularly helpful when the author switches from screenplay style to when the main character is working on the manuscript for Phantasy. In the manuscript itself, my brain almost hurt as I had to re-read certain lines over again to ensure which character was saying which thing.

It would have been easier for the author just to make a decision on whether to write this as a full novel or write this as a full screenplay. If he wanted to do a hybrid, then he should have ascertained the reader’s visual capacity at it pertained to proper (as opposed to imaginary) methods of syntax as well as sufficient white spacing in this work.

With its current anatomy, there is absolutely no unity in any of the thoughts. Not just with the dialogue but also in the actual manuscript Dick (the narrator) is composing. A pregnant ghost and an archangel are brought up but one has no clue as to what occurs with them next. There’s also an unexplained time warp and conflict thrown in the story that mimics B grade movies.

Summary of Suggested Improvements:

Less is More: One can use emphasis without going overboard. Tone down on capitalization, italics, exclamation points, dashes and ellipses.

Use punctuation properly: In way too many parts of the book ellipses, exclamation points, commas and dashes were used when periods would have done the trick.

More balance with setting vs. dialogue: There was not enough detail in the settings to counteract the over surge of dialogue.

Show rather than tell: There was no set plot and too much dependence on the narrator’s thoughts and feelings. This made it hard to get into the book. Even being out the box has levels of methodology to the madness.

Firmness in flashbacks: Either have an adjoining thread to the flashbacks or cut down on them, particularly the flashbacks within flashbacks.

Page count decrease: Due to so many different elements being present in this work, perhaps dividing it up into miniseries would have gone smoother. One segment: being about the narrator’s work and how he lost his first job. The second segment could focus on his conflict with his family. There’s just way too much going on to cover in just one book.

Name the central character: It provides (1) importance and (2) ease of tracking.

Provide a resolution: No part of Phantasy (the screenplay segments or the manuscript segments) gave any conclusion to anything. Think guy walking around with his fly open but no one ever telling him about it. As long as this work is (well over 200 pages) it was still full of the spunk of incompleteness.

Inserting slang terminology into glossary: There’s a word Dick (the narrator) has constantly used in the work, the word “hawker”. Yet in the glossary section, everything else gets a definition instead of that one and the dialogue provides no clear context clues to decipher the meaning.

Revamping of the Author’s Note: It is not a good move to alienate a potential reader just before he/she reads your work (i.e. “…only people with brains should read it”). Helpful disclaimer is one thing: hurling insults before turning the page to the first chapter is another.

Unleashed Verdict: 1 out of 5

I cannot recommend this read for all of the things mentioned earlier. Yet if you want tirades of complaining and randomness tossed together, you may see some beauty in this. Right now, I just want to fantasize that I didn’t read this and write a story about not reading this.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Darlene Suber on June 02, 2014 :
I received a ARC e-book smashword 's from the in exchange for an honest review. This is my honest review of " Phantasy" . First let me say this, I read this book several months ago , but I never did write this review like I thought I did. So for that I am truly sorry.
Now, let me say this - as this author states- You have to step out of your christian or anti-christian shoes to read this book. You have to read this book with a truly open mind. If you don't then you will not understand at all what he is trying to get a cross.
This story is about a a young man, an older man , and shrink. Or so you are led to believed. You will read about the interviews between the young man and and his shrink as he is trying to get him to realize that he murder his father but also that the old man that he is talking to in the hospital is actually himself.
We all talk to our selves one way or another, an some of us even have brake downs. This book has alot of depth in it , soul and so much more. I give it a 5 rating and personal recommend it for all to read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michael Taboada on May 16, 2014 :
First I must say I was given a free review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion, so here goes.

Also, I must admit I didn't quite get half way through the book until I had to put it down. The reasons are below.

The first reason is that the story, to me, seemed to be one big argument. The people were constantly bickering, he bickered in his head, that seemed to be the focus of the book. I expected there would be alot about the world he created (and maybe there would be in the later chapters of the book) but there wasn't in the first half or so, and that was the biggest attraction for me.

Also, there was an amazing amount of ellipses, and exclamation marks. And when I say an amazing amount of them I mean probably 19 in every 20 sentences (if not more) ended with them. In my opinion as an author and reader, that is not good.

The good I can find is that the author does a moderately good job at developing the characters, and definitely has them have goals, etc.

However, on the whole, I cannot recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lovehymn on March 31, 2014 : (no rating)
I've got a free ARC in exchange for a review.

Okay, first things are first..
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 :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: melissa pollard on Feb. 26, 2014 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book was a little rough at the beginning. I couldn't get into it, but once I did it was an ok story. I found it still a little confusing in areas but for the most part it was an easy read. If you don't follow along in books that are written in form of a play/journal then this would not be for you. But if you give this book a chance don't give up on it - the more you read the more you like it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: april reynolds on Jan. 19, 2014 :
This book was confusing from the get go. I never understood anything other than some kid ranting about how bad his life was. Whom ever proofread this book needs to be fired there are so many typos it was unreal and if they were not typos well you get the gist of it. I do not like giving bad reviews so I will say maybe somewhere I missed something!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dormaine G on Dec. 15, 2013 :
First I want to say I received a free copy of this this book for an honest review.

Normally this book is not one I would read but there is nothing wrong with stepping outside your comfort zone of normalcy.

At first it took me a minute to pick up on the flow of the book but as I continued to read, the flow and technique became apparent. I was a little annoyed with the main character and his lack of taking ownership of his actions. I like a character that takes charge or is somewhat aggressive but that is all right because it's just a different personality type from what I like. That does not meant the book was not an interesting read.

I could appreciate the fact that the character was able to express, vent or release his emotions through fantasy which I felt was quite imaginative. We all daydream or fantasize, maybe both, but that made it possible for me to relate to the character. Plus, when you throw in Science fiction, I am there.

I would definitely recommend it and look forward to more books my Marlowe, Sr.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ericka Greer on Dec. 11, 2013 :
(I was given this free ebook in exchange for an honest review from the author)

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
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jeannie Walker on Dec. 06, 2013 :
At some times or another in our lives, I believe we have all had to battle anger. The main character in this different kind of novel has a problem dealing with anger. However, reading this novel could help a person deal somewhat with our own unenthusiastic issues and distractions. For I believe all of us have been unhappy at some point in our lives, and I know that negative emotions can drain us of energy and ambition.
Time is too short to be pessimistic and have a defeatist attitude, which is why I do everything I can to keep a positive, optimistic and supportive attitude. We can't be cheerful all the time but it won't break our face to crack a smile.
If and when you get a chance to read this fascinating adventure it might help you find an outlet to happiness, if you feel you need one.
Personally, I like a story that is written in the first person and really liked it that this one had a glossary to help readers understand terms we might not otherwise understand.
"Phantasy" contains some explicit language and overtones you might not agree with, so I suggest you keep an open mind while reading it. That being said, I believe the novel is creative and could peak your curiosity, and who isn't a little curious?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jenn on Dec. 05, 2013 :
There were good parts and a plot that certainly was unique, but it wasn't enough to capture and keep me interested. The writing style was distracting and took a lot away from the story. Instead of a nice enjoyable read I felt like I was reading the unedited directors version for a show or play. I might try reading this if it were written like a novel and had a good editing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Scalmer on Dec. 04, 2013 :
Written in the 1st person, and almost like a screenplay, complete with what seem to be stage directions.

The narrator's thoughts came through quite clearly, but the writing itself was a little distracting. The narrator himself may be one of the biggest detriments to the story, being incredibly whiny, self-entitled, and self-important. He sees his life as being bad, when, in fact, it really isn't, but his own self-pity won't let him see the truth. When he places himself in bad situations (losing his job, for example, he blames the boss, rather than see that it is his own lack of commitment to the job that is the cause), he tends to blame everyone but himself for the outcome..

I also was a little irritated by what I would consider an excessive use of capitalization, and exclamation marks.

That being said, I did actually enjoy the novelization parts, which were our narrator's escape from reality into a world he controls.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on Dec. 04, 2013 :
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, and practically touch them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stephen Brayton on Dec. 02, 2013 : (no rating)
At the beginning, the Author's Note advises against certain types of readers. It states only readers with BRAINS should read the book. Open minded readers. I found this a little off-putting to begin a book this way. Yes there is a plethora of profanity, much of it gratuitous and doesn't add to the story. However, to open a book with this note before the opening chapter doesn't take into account that not every book will be liked by every reader. The author denies responsibility if the reader is offended. I'm not sure of the message here. Some people might be offended. Some people might love it. If one enjoys the book, fine, but I don't think any reader assumes an author sets out to offend on purpose. (Unless it is intentional, which would make it an entirely different type of book.) Anyway, the Author's Note didn't set well with me.

The book is written from a first person POV, and the script-type format continues with scene changes as 'Cut to another scene' (whatever/wherever that scene is). This is an interesting way to write, however, mistakes and errors abound in this book. Grammar, punctuation, misspelled words, missing words, sentences written incorrectly (i.e. 'She pointed me out to a restaurant.' No, she pointed a restaurant out to him.), unnecessary words (shouted loudly). Some of the sentences, internal dialogue, were difficult to follow, especially with ellipses that were over- and incorrectly used. Over use of exclamation points and capitalized words and sentences. Written in present tense but during the 'story' the tense switches, sometimes within the same sentence. Formatting problems-I suspect-with underlined text and extra spacing between lines.

The Author's Note also explains that the italicized parts are dreams or inner thoughts depending on the scene, however, sometimes I found it difficult to stay focused during dialogue when there were so many lengthy inner thoughts.

Part of the problem is that the characters ramble on about various things and the author bounces from one topic to another with no chance for the reader to catch up. There are too long scenes discussing such topics as coconuts and railway tickets and well tubes that don't seem to have a point other than to show the continued bickering and complaining by the family. I could not comprehend the relevance or purpose of some of these scenes (actually, most of them seemed meaningless). In the beginning, for instance, there are sections titled Blackmail. Well, I knew what the blackmail would be, but it was hardly touched upon and when the story moved on I felt cheated because the only purpose of the scene(s) was to have him lose his job. This continues throughout the story.

Another problem which threw me was that the story moves in time from the first part of October 2012 through most of November, then jumps to February of the next year where the man starts writing his 'story'. Then it goes back to November for no apparent reason other than to show more long pointless scenes. And when we are back in November, the author jumps backwards and forwards in time which gets confusing. In November, the main characters speaks of continuing the story he's writing but earlier it's shown he doesn't stat the writing project until February so there's a continuity problem.

This is not a book or a story. This is a jumble of words/'scenes' that don't make sense all thrown together.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melanie Ray on Nov. 27, 2013 :
First of all, this book is different from the usual fare.
There is capitalization, indentation used for thought and extreme agitation, and its 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 conversion, importance of money, tube wells, bangles, subscriptions, etc.

When the main character 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 main character of the book has several social issues which prevent him from moving on. Psychological issues that definitely stem from his mother, especially against women. 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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Arlena Dean on Nov. 23, 2013 :
Title: Phantasy
Author: Marlowe Sr.
Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
"Phantasy" by Marlowe Sr was some read of realism or illusion...oh it's just a fantasy. Wow what a interesting read that his author has put together for the reader and it's in first person. It was quite interesting how the main character begins to write and creates a fantasy world after being dumped by his girlfriend. ... creating a destructive powerful monster that can only be defeated my using some sort of 'supernatural powers.' This author really worked his magic with such creativity with bringing to the reader a unique read of 'heart and soul' with a 'vivid imagination. There will be some parts of the book ...well some difficult words and it was good to see the author did give the reader a glossary with some notes to help understand "Phantasy." I found that the characters were well defined and well rounded only giving the reader a interesting fantasy read. I found "Phantasy" was written well with a unique plot once you get into the story finding it hard to put down. If you are looking for a read of a different journey of escapism ...if only for a little while... I would recommend this read for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kerry Leighton on Nov. 22, 2013 :
I tried really hard to like this book, but I just couldn't get there. I didn't like how it read more like a play then a novel. The writing was very distracting. The punctuation choices were strange. There was a lot going on all at once, so it was confusing. However, the idea for this story is different than anything else I have read. I think with some editing it could be a great story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: L.K. Evans on Nov. 15, 2013 :
As always, I’ll start my review with a few notes and disclaimers.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
This book is not within my preferred genre. To the author’s credit, I explained this and Marlowe still sought an honest opinion. I have huge respect for an author that seeks criticism and honest reviews.
I did not finish the book. I made it a quarter of the way through before I decided I could not finish it. I offered to forgo the review, but the author requested I go ahead and post one. Again, gaining my respect.

Alrighty, let’s get started.

I’ll start with what I did not like:

First, the protagonist. By the end of the first chapter, I didn’t like him. In my opinion, he was whiny, entitled, and in no way shape or form did he take accountability for anything that happened in his ‘tragic’ life, which relative to most is not tragic at all. For me, because of personal reasons, his self-pity set my teeth on edge. Every time he complained, I wanted to choke some sense into him and tell him to grow a pair and change his life himself. His anger is misplaced, in my opinion, and he blames everyone else for situations that he himself could have easily avoided. He had the power the entire time (first quarter of the book) to change his life, and all he did was whine. Like I said, for me, I couldn’t handle it. I need a protagonist who takes his tragedies by the horns and wrestles them into submission. The main character might have done this later on in the book, but each time he complained it added a brick to my wall of annoyance and anger. I doubt anything he could have done would have torn down the wall enough for me to change my mind about him. There’s not enough sugar in the world to rid my mouth of the bitterness I swallowed each time he put blame on someone else. I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

Secondly, if this character did indeed turn around his life, it’s a shame it took sooooo long for him to do it, or even show some sign of doing so. I found myself skimming right away. There’s too much day to day conversations, too many arguments with his mother, and too long of a discussion about coconuts. If this book would have been trimmed down by half, I might have gotten through it. As it is, it’s just too drawn out for my taste. I think this might go back to genre preference. I want a book that moves quickly. I want to be so darn curious about what’s happening that I can’t put it down, that I get annoyed my body requires sleep, that a shower is needed, that my husband wants to take me to my favorite restaurant. This book had no action in it for me. Maybe the book within the book has action, but so little happened in the beginning that I couldn’t make it to what fun might have lurked in later chapters.

Thirdly and lastly, the format of the writing is too distracting for me. It could have been some translation issues, maybe it was because I did not understand the protagonist's language style, maybe it was because I’ve never read a book done in script or play format. The random capitalizations and ellipsis rarely made sense. Exclamation points were in awkward places. It was a chore to decipher; and that’s saying something since I’m not grammatically inclined. I usually gloss right over typos and odd punctuation. At no point was I drawn into the story. I knew I was reading the entire time.

Now, what I did like. Unfortunately, since I didn’t finish the book, this section is rather small. But this poor little paragraph just might change your mind about reading it.

The idea behind the book is interesting. If the protagonist was more to my liking and the format of the book mainstream, I would have hopped on the pendulum and eagerly swung from story to story. Two books for the price of one? Heck ya! Let’s remember (as I’ve said in a few other reviews I’ve done), without a character for me to latch onto, I don’t care how novel (haha...ha...ha) the idea is or how brilliantly the writer strings together words, I’m not going to like it. So, although the idea was nifty, it just wasn’t enough to carry me through.

I want to leave you with the knowledge that I am an adventure, Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy reader. Again, this was not my normal genre and might have played a role in my review. I’d suggest reading a chapter or two on Amazon before you decide.

Well, there it is; the ramblings of a character addicted reader. I’ll leave you with a quote from the movie, ‘Billy Madison’:

“What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Priscilla Tan on Nov. 04, 2013 :
Where do I begin? Phantasy is filled with a great deal of dialogue. At some point, I felt like I was reading a screenplay. People who enjoy inner dialogue are in for a real treat. Personally, I was expecting a story with wonderfully detailed observations. I’m not a fan of the constant use of capitalisation, as well. Considering the positive aspects, it’s a vivid story to read to escape reality. Phantasy is low on lyricism, sure, but it’s a mind-bending adventure and the author gives life to his fully-rounded characters. It’s not my cup of tea but I look forward to see the author’s future work.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Charity L on Oct. 21, 2013 :
Have you ever been to the point where there's just so many things going on, there's just chaos everywhere, and you think to yourself 'I need to journal about this. I need to write. I need to step out of myself and enter another world and just get away from my issues and problems'? Been there before? I know I have! Well, in Phantasy, by author Marlowe Sr., that is EXACTLY what the main character of the story does! I am not telling you all of the details of the story because I want you to read it for yourself! In short, the main character begins to therapeutically write and creates this fantasy world where, he ends up creating a monster (sort of, an archetype, in my opinion) that has destructive powers and the only way that this monster can be defeated is by using some supernatural (sort of) powers!

Honestly, I think that the author has creatively poured his heart and soul into this ebook! I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of this ebook sometime ago. However, then my life was marred with one personal tragedy after another. This ebook was the only thing that helped me lift my spirits! If you are on the fence about it, don't think any further! Get this ebook right away for a fun and enjoyable ride!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Disquieted Dreams Press on Oct. 20, 2013 :
The book starts with a disclaimer that it may be unsuitable for minors and may offend. I absolutely agree with this statement and I give the book 3 out of 5 stars based on the fact that it is generally well written and has a unique idea behind it but the detail way "sex" was referenced was beyond what was needed and to me (as someone who does not enjoy graphic sexual references) was too graphic to keep immersed. In addition the way that women were addressed kept me from enjoying the read overall. This would not be the case for everyone and the reason the book received 3 instead of 2 stars is because the language and attitude toward women are essential for the story to the author. The author is intentionally trying to show a broken train of thought but there are numerous mentions of rape and the idolization of women as objects for sex only that could cause issues for some people.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Renee Benzaim on Oct. 18, 2013 :
I've always been a big fan of Tom Robbins (Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas; Still Life with Woodpecker; Another Roadside Attraction) but never found anyone who quite had his way with words and quirky phrases. That is, until I discovered Marlowe and PHANTASY.

If you want a fun read that you can't put down, get a copy of this book and escape into the madcap world of PHANTASY.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lorie Lawson on Oct. 18, 2013 :
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!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Hansard on Oct. 17, 2013 :
This tale reminds me of C.S. Lewis' Narnia books. It is a joy to read and so much fun I couldn't put it down. I suggest this book to everyone who needs some escapism.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Annette Dominguez on Oct. 16, 2013 :
The way this book was written is quite unique. If you can get past the initial "what the heck?" reaction, you will be in for quite a treat!

This is one of those rare books that bring you into a whole other world and make you feel like you are really there. The descriptions were enough that you understood what was going on and could picture it in your head, but not overwhelming where you found yourself bored. It is sometimes hard for an author to pull that off, but this time it was executed very well.

To sum it up, I loved it! Would recommend to anyone who is looking to get sucked into a different world for a little while.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Charlie C on Oct. 15, 2013 :
It's got potential!

Where do I even begin? Truth be told, Phantasy is quite an interesting read. It is well written book with an interesting story line and plot and it's obvious that the writer has a ton of potential. That said, I felt that the book did drag at times but you could not call it a boring book; that's for sure. While I cannot give it 5 stars because I think it deserves 3, I'm quite keen to see what else the author has to offer because I see there's a knack for story telling here. Not a bad effort at all. I'd like to see more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Burns on Oct. 13, 2013 :
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.
(review of free book)

Review by: Samuel Bates on Oct. 12, 2013 :
Pretty crazy story from the beginning to the end but interesting, I strongly recommend to read the first pages of the book before buy it, there are important advices.

This book is in first person. The story it's about a guy that is writing his own fantasy book (after his girlfriend dumped him) in a world (made with his own rules) and a creature that is worse than an earthquake. I know some psychologists that recommend people to write to drain their bad energy, I think the background of this book is about a guy that were affected emotionally, so, write to him it was the solution to his problem.

Some words of the book can be difficult to understand, so, the author added in the end of the book a Glossary and some notes with the purpose of understand correctly the book. This is not the best book I ever read but it can be a very interesting option to read something different.
(review of free book)

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