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Mark Giglio is a writer and artist living in San Diego County, California. His education in creative writing and lifelong interest in history bring him to writing the "Alchemist Gift" book series today. From a long line of artists and craftsmen, he has the vocation of Furniture Maker and is the creator of the award-winning Alchemist Series of Art Furniture. On a suggestion he merged his love of writing, history and art and created the novel "Alchemist Gift".
on April 26, 2016 :
Normally this is not my type of book and can take me a year or more to read 400+ pages, but this one I soaked up in just under a month. Well written and keeps you guessing start to finish and that is why I could not put it down. It goes from one time period and back again. Beautifully written and I could not find one thing about it I didn't like. Hard to put down and touches on relationship issues within our own lives. Won't disappoint the reader at all.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on April 15, 2016 :
Alchemist Gift was a book unlike others. The first unusual thing about it was that the main character was not an alchemist. Roland Hughes was a modern day man, a career college student that relied heavily on his girlfriend, Liz Parker, for financial support.
He was unhappy with the way things were going and could feel that something was wrong in the relationship. He did what I guess many people do, he found a reason to be unfaithful to Liz with a virtual stranger. Sure what he overheard sounded bad on the phone and so he acted bad in retaliation. Lila Thurston was a beautiful willing stranger, but a stranger none the less.
Just as you are getting to know Roland better; the author takes us back to the middle ages. There we meet several families The Andano family we follow for many years which allows us to understand the characters growth, pain and history. There we meet Marcella and her mother and father. At the same point in time we meet Rene Hermes and his beloved Bella. Their story is beautiful. Each chapter bring you deep within these families and you get to really know them.
When you are entwined in the past, you are taken back to the future where Roland has made some life altering decisions. He is finally on track. Perhaps.
What this book is missing I can not tell you, there are secrets, mysteries, alchemy, time travel, love, bitterness, I would say it has it all. It is a wonderful book. These characters touched me in such a way, that I can't explain without ruining the book. It is one that I suggest you pick up and read. You will not be sorry. Mark Giglio has done magic with his wording, pacing and most of all sheer joy of his story.
Just be prepared for a time twisting, witch burning and miracle laden joyride!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Mary Ellen Wilson
on Aug. 13, 2014 :
I could not put this book down. It satisfies on so many levels. The author has done his homework on the Renaissance period of the late 1400s, early 1500s. He captures the politics, culture and religion of the times through five love stories. The human condition is apparent in the characters with love, desire, lust, kindness, brutality, spirituality, and courage. There are many strong women in the story who are strong for their character and confidence. From philosophy to science to science fiction the book introduces you to the ancient Bagdad battery that powers a Renaissance version of a laser beam up to the magical Alchemist Cabinet. The characters experience time in a non-linear fashion reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in "One Hundred Years of Solitude". The descriptions made me feel like I was there experiencing the events with all my senses. There is action, adventure, magic, romance, history, culture and more. This book is a full course meal.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)