A Lesson for the Cyclops

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Maria leads a lonely existence of silent misery. Horribly disfigured, she earns a meager living as a sideshow freak. Her very existence is one of mockery, contempt, and ridicule. She has no hope, no dreams. No future.

But when a dashing swordsman stumbles onto the circus grounds, wounded and feverish, Maria is able to imagine a life beyond the confines of her dreary world. More

Available formats: epub

Published: Oct. 09, 2013
Words: 23,260
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301651757
About Jeffrey Getzin

Jeffrey Getzin graduated from Clark University where he won the Loring Holmes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest for an original one-act play. He has a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeffrey currently develops software for Google in New York City, and lives in New Jersey with his long-time girlfriend Kate and a seemingly infinite number of cats.

Jeffrey is a lifelong practitioner of various martial arts, and currently holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under world-renown Mixed Martial Arts fighter Renzo Gracie. He has competed in table tennis at the national level. Jeffrey is an avid film and home theater buff. Also, his mother says he is very handsome.

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Reviews

Review by: DBSieders on Jan. 02, 2014 : star star star star star
It's official - after his latest adventure in the fantastical and magical universe created by Mr. Getzin, I'm in love with D'Arbignal!

When the charming cad of a swordsman D'Arbignal stumbles into a traveling circus, he captures the attention of a master swordsman Alfredo, the swordsman's wayward wife Conchinara, and a freak known as the Cyclops. Can our lovable scamp withstand the Conchinara's wicked charms and Alfredo's blade to discover the woman behind the ruined sideshow attraction? Read and find out. You'll be glad you did!

With a setting just a shade shy of reality and a dash of magic, larger than life heroes and villains, and the heart of a fable, D'Arbignal's latest adventure will enchant you, as will the Cyclops's unlikely road to redemption.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kevdahm on Dec. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
This was a very entertaining story, and with deeper character development than you would probably expect in a novella.
(review of free book)

Review by: Denise Adams-Wright on Dec. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
I only borrowed this book, and I'm mightily glad I did. Although it was novella length I found a tremendously entertaining read. It is well written in a style I find relaxing to read, if the content sometimes isn't. I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, so I will just add that I highly recommend it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Megafamilies on Dec. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
Jeffrey Getzin's novella, A Lesson for Cyclops is a thoroughly engrossing, wonderful read. You'll be glad it's a novella as you almost certainly won't want to put it down until it's done! Like all of Getzin's writing, A Lesson for Cyclops has my highest recommendation.
(review of free book)

Review by: PeterBrayshay on Dec. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
Jeffrey is a consummate artist, someone who writes not only with flair and abandon but who also consciously and conscientiously weaves mosaics and murals, tapestries and streams of silvered honeyed words with passion, and an observed instinct for the subtle nuances of human behaviour and design.
His characters are three dimensionally realised and practically (to use an old cliche) jump out of the pages, the reader becomes enamoured and ensorcelled by the patrons of these pages and any suffering or loss beheld by them is almost a heart sting felt by whoever is lucky enough to read the book and to share in their tale.
Vast panoramic vista of raw elemental fantasy and high adventure mixed with Byzantine Machiavellian intrigues and real quaint quirky moments of absolute humanity-this author is a rising star and has an eye for observing all of those things that we normally notice but pretend not to.
To read Getzin's work is an enlightening few weeks, to not read it is quite frankly a tragedy that such wondrous words go to waste and wither.
(review of free book)

Review by: Patricia Adams-Wright on Dec. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
This is the second novella from Jeffrey Getzin that I've thoroughly enjoyed reading. As a, 'read in one sitting', it can't be beaten for the price. It's book filled with wonderful characters, some new and one that has crossed paths with us before, and also an article that readers of the previous texts will also recognise. For a piece that's based in one place, the characters have to be rich and rounded, and these certainly are. Well done, Mr Getzin!
(review of free book)

Review by: Connie J Jasperson on Dec. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
I normally like my fantasy like I like my heroes—Big, Epic and Gorgeous, but I always make an exception for the work of indie author Jeffrey Getzin. Despite this being a novella, Jeffrey Getzin succeeds on ALL counts! A Lesson for the Cyclops is a wonderful way to spend an evening and it features one of my favorite characters from Getzin’s first novella, Shara and the Haunted Village.

First I want to say that the cover for this novella is one of the most beautiful covers I have see this year! The cover art is done by the fabulous +Carol Phillips, and is a great example of fantasy art. She also did the fantastic covers for Getzin's 'Shara and the Haunted Village' and 'Prince of Bryanae.'

The Blurb
Maria leads a lonely existence of silent misery. Horribly disfigured, she earns a meager living as a sideshow freak. Her very existence is one of mockery, contempt, and ridicule. She has no hope, no dreams. No future.

But when a dashing swordsman stumbles onto the circus grounds, wounded and feverish, Maria is able to imagine a life beyond the confines of her dreary world. Could a swashbuckling hero ever fall for a freak like her?

My Review
A Lesson for the Cyclops picks up the tale of D'Arbignal, the hero from Getzin's wonderful novella, Shara and the Haunted Village (Bryanae). When the tale opens, our hero finds himself in a bit of a pickle. He manages to extricate himself and stir things up with his usual panache.

A terribly disfigured woman whose pain and suffering is handled with compassion by the author, a circus with many wonderful minor characters, jealousy, romance and revenge--all combine to make this novella true classic. I must confess, I am a bit in love with D'Arbignal and I am now champing at the bit to get my hands on the next tale of my favorite swordsman.

I want to see D’Arbignal with his own novel! Mr. Getzin, please write me a story—a nice, loooong, epic saga of D’Arbignal’s adventures!
(review of free book)

Review by: Stormswift on Nov. 02, 2013 : star star star star star
Maria suffered horrific torture and mutilation as a teen and now ekes a meagre living in the circus as a Cyclops sideshow attraction. She is infatuated with the recent addition to the circus, the young and handsome daredevil D’Arbignal. Whilst Maria admires him from afar, Conchinara the gorgeous wife of the brutish Alfredo the swordsman is eager to have an affair with D’Arbignal.
The ending was unexpected (not the usual HEA) but it was a happy ending nonetheless.
Entertaining read, wish it was longer!
* Also published on amazon.co.uk.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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