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Living in a small village in Lancashire, England, the author has written a number of books based on the tale 'Peter'.
In the 1990s, the author had twenty-one articles published, both nationally and internationally. After gaining an honours degree in Geosciences, doing post-graduate study in Occupational Health and Fitness, and earning a masters degree in Science Communication, he developed an interest for simple communication.
A passion for writing again emerged, and combining various interests in fine art, museum exhibition display, biology, geology, poetry, and the mystical led to the story of Peter: A Darkened Fairytale. The author still retains a childlike vision of the world, which is conveyed throughout his books.
on Aug. 16, 2013 :
Peter is an average boy until he arrives in a land of fantasy. He enters a magical world where adventure and many surprises await. This story reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, only with some darker elements. This land, however, is quite unique, and Peter's adventures kept me guessing throughout the story.
There are many unique and unexpected characters within these pages. My personal favorite was Hally, who had me laughing aloud as I read. In fact, for over half of this story, I was reading with a silly grin on my face and not caring who happened to see me. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story and was sad but fulfilled when it came to an end.
This story is charming without being cute. There are many twists and turns that keep a reader intrigued and wanting to know more. Believe me, this is a hard book to put down! There are many fresh ideas presented within this tale, and it is a true pleasure to read. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading at all.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 06, 2013 :
William O'Brien's "Peter: A Darkened Fairytale" is a whimsical novel which is narrated like a fairy tale, creating a world which is childlike but not childish.
Masterfully written, it has great imagery and pacing and intriguing characters. In the story, O'Brien introduces us to Peter, a caring, cautious yet adventurous young man with a particular perspective on the world.
For example, here is Peter's interpretation of taxidermy: "One of the rooms, which had the word Taxidermy on the door, was full of glass cases with dead animals inside. Apparently, people used to like to rip the innards out of animals and have them stuffed with something or other."
The book is full of fascinating characters with mischievous names like Seebright, a bird, and Mr Twindle Twondle, a mouse, and a fungus who lives House of Golden Mushrooms, just to mention a few. Like any good writer, William O'Brien takes the time to develop both the characters and the world at large before plunging into the action. As a result, once Peter is swept away into the magical world, we as the readers become privately involved with Peter, his adventures and troubles.
William O'Brien's "Peter: A Darkened Fairytale" is appropriate for both children and adults and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of books like C.S. Lewis' "Alice in Wonderland" and Selma Lagerlof's "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils."
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 10, 2013 :
Get ready for a long helter-skelter ride in an alternative world where young Peter encounters many strange and curious characters. He meets mice, elves, monsters in the sir, in the water and on land. There is much magic going on and Peter is soon entrusted on a mission which seems impossible and even doomed to fail. It all begins with a mysterious box with odd contents including a key, and a tall clock which is the doorway to the mystical kingdom.
This is definitely an adult tale with enough gore, blood and death to make the reader cringe. It is indeed "A darkened fairytale". It isn't my cup of tea and I struggled to complete it. But fans of mystical lands, elves and monsters, where every thing turns chaotic and the hero is lost in the confusion, will love this book.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on June 16, 2013 :
It is a great story of a boy who takes an amazing journey into a beautifully described magical land. The characters he meets are visually described so clearly that I want to see this made into a movie so I can see the visual beauty William describes. What a great trip I took with Peter, the boy. LOVED how easy it was to read and see everything Peter did.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on June 11, 2013 :
The magical and mysterious realms that you are taken to with Peter A Darkened Fairytale, are very creative and I really felt like I was a mouse in Peters pocket along for the adventure. This story with dark realms is so imaginative and full of non-stop action that I found myself on the edge of my seat and reading many parts out loud to my son, who wanted to know what happened with Peter and the scroll. This is his new summer read and William O'Brien is a great story teller to accomplish this. I recommend this book to everyone. With colorful characters such as fairies, elves, dragons, ghosts, and too many more to name, children of all ages will love the magical characters that come to life in surprising ways. I hope Peter has more adventures!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on June 05, 2013 :
Peter lives in England and is just hoping for something interesting to do. Then one day Mrs. Kipple gives him a surprise. He soon finds himself stepping through a broom cupboard and into another world of magic, mystical creatures, adventure, and evil. Soon Peter meets all sorts of strange creatures—some friendly and some not—and learns about an evil witch named Cirinian. As he continues in his adventure, Peter finds himself looking for a magic scroll and on a quest to destroy the evil Cirinian.
I found this book to very enjoyable. It reminded me some of Alice in Wonderland, but is different in its own light. As a juvenile fiction book, I think kids will find it interesting and thoroughly enjoy it. Many of the characters were developed and each had their own quirks. Though my favorite was the mouse, Mr. Twindle Twoondle. I got lost in the story and didn’t even notice the time spent reading.
I do recommend this book for anyone who wants a light-hearted, fun read.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)