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The Memory Painter

The Memory Painter coverAbout The Memory Painter

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Picador (July 5, 2016)

What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives?

What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love?

What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to Bryan’s success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Bryan believes these dreams are really recollections?possibly even flashback from another life?and he has always hoped that his art will lead him to an answer. And when he meets Linz Jacobs, a neurogenticist who recognizes a recurring childhood nightmare in one Bryan’s paintings, he is convinced she holds the key.
Their meeting triggers Bryan’s most powerful dream yet? Visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As his visions intensify, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

Praise

“hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt”  Library Journal (starred review)

“Gwendolyn Womack’s tale dazzles.” US Weekly (Standout Spring Novels)

“A sweeping, mesmerizing feat of absolute magic…” M. J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch of Painted Sorrows

“The guy-meets-girl story as you’ve never heard it before…A mind-explosion of a journey ensues that involves time travel, mystery, love, and a whole lot of plot twists.” Refinery29

“A page turner that will keep readers up late into the night. Readers who love adventure, romance and fantasy will love this book”  The Vancouver Sun

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Gwendolyn Womack APAbout Gwendolyn Womack

Gwendolyn Womack began writing plays in college and majored in Theatre at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She received an MFA in Directing Theatre and Film from California Institute of the Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Memory Painter is her first novel.

Find out more about Gwendolyn at her website, connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, and see what she’s pinning on Pinterest.

 

Our Review by Felita Daniels / 332 Pages

This book packs so much into it, there’s something for everyone.  Some of the elements included: science, adventure, mystery, suspense, time travel, art, reincarnation, Steampunk, romance and history. This is the author’s first published novel and it is impressive.  The early chapters are captivating.

The middle may have suffered from including just one or two past lives too many.  I had accepted the premise of what Bryan as going through and learning or absorbing. So more examples slowed down the action of what happens now, in the present, to these two characters, Bryan and Linz.  The pace of the ending or wrap-up seemed rushed. It does have a lead in for a sequel.  Some readers may feel they were left hanging a little.  There are lots of novels that are structured this way in today’s book market, you probably already know your preference for closure or if you like being ‘teased’.

Overall, a very interesting of blending of romance and time travel with a bit of science on the side.

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Review: Mechanized Masterpieces 2: An American Anthology

Authors: J Aurel Guay, Megan Oliphant, Jay Barnson, M. Irish Gardner, D. Lee Jortner, J.R. Potter, M.K. Wiseman and Scott E. Tarbet

Edited by Penny Freeman  / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 319 Pages

Cover Artwork Mechanized Masterpieces 2I have not previously read a steampunk novel. So I thought an Anthology would be a perfect choice for my adventure into this genre. I was especially interested because they were to be stories inspired by famous stories or poems. I felt that would give me a head start in understanding what was going on.

For those that maybe have heard mention of Steampunk but were too afraid to ask. Tor Publishing defines it as “Victorian science fiction.” Steampunk has migrated into art and fashion in addition to novel formats. If you like the TV show The Wild, Wild West, you may enjoy steampunk.

I really loved the cover on this. D Robert Pease at walkingstickbooks.com is given credit for the cover and interior design. It does a great job at setting the mood.

My favorite story in the collection was by author Diane Lee Jortner. Titled “Payoff for Air Pirate Pete,” this story is styled after “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry. I have to say that I found it charming, with bit of warped humor. “With a little ingenuity we found we didn’t need to ride trains to stay in the burglary business.” “Clayton threw his hat on the ground and swore like the mechanic and soldier he was.” And the word “skedaddle” was used. Grin.

My only complaint was that there wasn’t a clickable table of contents. You couldn’t skip to a particular story/author if you were in a mood for one over the other. You could either read it from beginning to end or keep flipping pages till you got to the one that caught your fancy.

If you haven’t tried steampunk yet, I would give this anthology a try. There’s lots here to love.

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Steampunk Carnival Giveaway

 STEAMPUNK CARNIVAL By Cassandra Leuthold

 Science Fiction/ Steampunk


Katya Romanova gave up everything to work at the one-of-a-kind Steampunk Carnival– her family, her home, her reputation. She wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.As a guide to the guests, Katya enjoys more freedom than most. She makes time to gossip with her best friend, Magdalene.

She basks in the elaborate costumes that bring her awed attention, hoping they might also win her a husband. And no man pays her more attention than her boss and carnival owner, William Warden.

But in the summer of 1887, death threats against Mr. Warden break the spell. Katya knows he might be as underhanded as he is charming, but who would
actually want him dead?

When Katya finds unexpected evidence about the carnival’s true origins, the stakes jump even higher.

Not sure whom they can trust, Katya and Magdalene work to unravel the carnival’s mysteries. Who really invented the innovative rides?

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