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Sue Blake is a writer of SFF stories and has published a début dark fantasy novel called Feline Alchemy. Born in Wensleydale, England, Blake studied Privilege at Cambridge University and now lives in Milton Keynes with two cats. To relax Blake enjoys kung fu, cycling and not being able to drive. Blake is the reigning British MouseBall champion and has made it a personal priority to see that the sport achieves official Olympic status in 2020. Following a recent bout of illness, Blake was forced to quit a job as a Marketing Executive after extensive medical tests diagnosed that the patient is allergic to adverts.
on July 29, 2014 :
Well, this was fun.
Reading it I felt a bit like the Japanese Emperor who wondered if he was dreaming he was a butterfly, or the other way around? The book's author is Sue Blake and the hero has the same name. So is this book by a woman called Sue Blake writing about a man who is also called "Sue Blake"? Or was Sue Blake just a pen name all along? Not sure. And I doubt if it really matters.
What does matter is that this is the most original shape-shifting story I've read in years (and I've read A LOT of shape-shifting stories over the last five years or so). With most of those stories I could've told you exactly what was going to happen almost as soon as I picked up the book. But with this story the opposite was the case: the more I read the less idea I had of where the writer was taking me. And when I got to the end of the book I thought "Wow! Never saw that coming. Classic!"
I see that people on Amazon have said they hope there'll be a sequel and I agree. Having said that, I also like how the ending of Feline Alchemy is left wide open to interpretation. It poses some important questions and leaves you thinking. Plus there's plenty of humour. So, I give it 5 stars.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)