Ella Medler is a U.K. author and free-lance editor. She writes fiction in more than one genre, in a seemingly vain attempt to slow down her overactive brain enough to write non-fiction on subjects she knows a thing or two about. She also does not believe in the starchy use of English, and ignores the type of rule that doesn’t allow for a sentence to be finished in a preposition. Her books are action-driven, and well-developed characters are her forte. Loves: freedom. Hates: her inner censor.
To keep up to date with her current writing and future projects, visit her website at http://ellamedler.wordpress.com/
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on April 11, 2012
Tomorrow’s Child deals with an apocalypse idea by going deep and scrutinising people’s habits, actions and emotions in a way most authors would shy away from.
We meet Psyche Darnell and we know she is special. It takes a while for her to discover why and what she is expected to do with her gifts, her teenage hormones don’t make for an easy ride, but at least she is surrounded by friends. All she has to do is merely accept the truth, because Starr West is right – ‘you don’t have to believe in something for it to be true’.
It’s never easy admitting you are flawed, but here none of the characters are perfect. Despite this, or maybe because of it, you can’t help but feel close to them. There aren’t many without special attributes, so you can’t really mistake them for normal people, but they exude warmth and friendship, a strong sense of right and wrong and they would gladly sacrifice themselves for the greater good - the very essence of humanity.
The story is well written, in a strong and clear voice. There are points of darkness and suspense throughout the plot but it is not a dizzyingly fast carousel of action, and neither should it be. Scenarios such as this require careful consideration. You can’t just skip merrily to the next page without thinking about the problems posed to the last few surviving humans. You can’t not think of all the ramifications, all the what-ifs, all of the what-would-I-dos.
Starr is clearly a people watcher, a very keen observer, and it shows. The way different people deal with their own personal crises is portrayed brilliantly. The outcome is a ray of light, quite satisfying, and the epilogue gives a glimpse of future frictions and even confrontations. We’ll have to wait for book two to see how they unfold.
A good first entry, by a deep-thinking author and a very pleasant read. Just don’t expect to stop thinking about it when you’ve put it down.
A Dream in the Night - 2nd Edition
on April 30, 2012
“Life is the hardest game
Anyone can play
It keeps changing the rules
With the dawn
of each new day”
I can honestly say “A Dream In The Night” was nothing like what I expected. This book is an eerie combination of verse, thoughts and short stories – moments in the author’s life – challenging, unanswered questions and emotion. So much emotion.
Yes, it is dark, and yes, it is raw. But in this autobiographical tale Michael takes us on a journey full of scenes most of us will have only glimpsed from afar. “Everyone has their own wars to fight, [...] Everyone has their own scars to hide.” How true and insightful, yet how easy to disregard in our rush to live. How many of us ever stop to wonder exactly how we live our lives, what makes it what it is and whether there is any way to influence it and make it belong to us? In going about our daily business, how often do we wonder whose lives we also touch? Or if that person we shoved out of our way may be struggling under a burden no man should be allowed to carry on his own?
There are words about friendship and society, love and memories, night and dreams. There is rebellion against the numbing effects of living in a world such as ours and what it turns us into. You’re left repeating Michael’s words again and again “Sometimes life gives us no choice.”
A Dream In The Night is not a collection of happy stories, but it gives hope to those who need it most. It is unconventional, and I like that very much – it is one attribute the traditionally published books do not seem to have anymore, that spark that makes a work different. I also like the fact that Michael has poured his heart and soul into it – not just a few weeks’ worth of it, but years and years. He changed and he allowed us to see that. He was hurt and he let us see his pain. Now on his feet, scarred warrior, he’s here to share his tale.
If you pick up this book, approach it with an open mind and don’t rush. Read it through, and then read it again. Once you’ve done that, you can begin to think. If your thoughts make you feel a touch uncomfortable, stop there. Get a drink, take a walk, and then see what you can do about making someone’s life a little better.
on Jan. 08, 2014
Nine friends in one remote holiday house for a long weekend of R&R. What could possibly go wrong?
I mean, they’ve got enough food.
Surviving Mancation is an original mix of mystery, crime and thriller, at times introspective and often hilarious, with enough twists to make you pleasantly dizzy. A classic ‘whodunnit’ with a contemporary and entirely plausible ring to it.
I loved the concept of this book, and the beautiful descriptions. I could picture only too well the house, the forest, the lake, even the watcher in the woods. The nine guys spending the weekend together are a motley bunch, each with his own backstory and motivation, intrigue and deep-rooted emotions running pretty close to the surface. Right from the beginning, you wonder: quite how good and how close are these friends?
I enjoyed the banter between friends, the silly antics of Mac and Cody, and even the last-minute betrayal. Really loved them all. There is a scene in a confessional right at the end, so good, it’ll leave you thinking. And then BAM – the ending.
Fully deserving of five stars, Surviving Mancation is one of the few books I’ll likely read again. I recommend it. Scenes of violence and some adult language make it unsuitable for young readers.
on Feb. 26, 2014
This book is a thrilling story of suspense, betrayal and ultimate trust in family ties, skilfully set against the beautiful background of Alaskan culture. Red is a woman perfectly able to deal with whatever life throws her way, though loneliness seeps almost unnoticed in every layer of her existence. Things only take a turn for the better when she begins to notice hunk and neighbor, PR, who’d held a flame for her for ages.
I won’t reveal any more of the plot, but let’s just say their relationship is great fun to read about, the dialogues are sharp and witty, and the intrigue the two protagonists get drawn into quickly transforms into a thriller, a fight for life which will keep you on the edge of your seat for hours.
The ending was superb, so well-done, and so satisfying. I wouldn’t have expected any less from such a strong community, but it felt good to see everyone got what they deserved nonetheless.
If you love the Alaskan wilderness, believe in family bonds and would like to read a different sort of suspenseful novel, completely original, then this is the book for you. I loved it.
on May 29, 2014
A thinking person’s political parable – short and chilling – showing all-too-clearly the hazards of following political dogma without giving it even the most cursory discerning, intelligent thought.
Very well-written, though too short for me. I would have liked to have seen this story more developed. Perhaps the author may have plans to build on this idea – it certainly has merit, in my view. In this day and age, following doctrines sheep-like is an extravagance humanity simply can’t afford anymore.