Fiction Book Review 2016
The Magic of Many Lifetimes
Some books come very close to being holy writ, sacred in their reach, profound in their wisdom, delightful in their humor, well-anchored in the world as we know it, fueled by the worlds we yearn for. This is such a book, with wonderful storytelling as well. You’ll meet Pippa, the girl who loves nature and thirsts for knowledge. You’ll meet Piu Piu, the one who takes the plunge into a brief flirtation with our temporal life and thirsts for freedom. Look closely: behind the magic, you’ll probably meet yourself. Highly recommended and magical.
~ By M.R. Campbell, Author of Satire and Magical Realism
5 Star Review on Amazon.com – 25.11.2016
Why book reviews count
Independent book reviews help readers find what they really want.
Personally, when I look for a book, I normally search with a clear purpose in mind, meaning, I know what I want. Either I know the book’s title or the author’s name. I have so many books on my ‘to-read-list’, and even more on my coffee table and on my desktop Kindle, that I hardly browse to look for more. While I also edit and translate books for fellow writers – which is a lot of reading ! – I read a lot of books for research. I read great books by accomplished writers – often classics – to improve my knowledge and my own writing. And I read the books I give as gifts. While I prefer a non-fiction book in digital format as I might never look at it again, I love to hold a real book in my hands, especially if I cherish its contents and wish to come back to it again and again. Since I’ve entered the indie author arena myself this year (2016), I enjoy meeting other authors and reading their work – which is an almost impossible task and resembles an unstoppable river coming down and growing all the time!
I’m convinced that many indie authors feel exactly the same . . . We all still have to find the time to write and to market our books . . . What an enormous task this is! It can only be passion!
But most readers aren’t writers – at least not until now, although everyone has a story within them! – hence they love to browse! So while they may know their favourite fiction genre – say metaphysical fiction, mysteries or magical realism – what attracts them as they scroll through the endless lists of book titles, say on Amazon or in the Kindle Shop, will be one or more of the following elements the author and/or publisher have carefully pre-defined as potential magnets to make a particular book simply irresistible for them:
- a beautiful cover, that stands out,
- a title that might resonate with them,
- a sub-title that offers further insights and raises curiosity,
- some hooks that trigger their interest within an artfully crafted description and
- a number of sincere, well-written and positive ‘reader reviews’ that create trust!
Just as I listen to book recommendations by my trusted friends and authors whose taste and background I know and respect, avid readers who are looking for their next book want to know what other readers said about a certain book . . . and, especially, how it made them feel!
Isn’t that what we all want when we dive into someone else’s magical world, which turns out to be – in some way or another – our own? A space of trust with values that we share? Where we all share the same frequency as ONE?
Oh, and I haven’t even started to promote ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” on that platform yet! Speaking of a ‘to-do-list’ . . . and this while the next mystery book is already waiting to be written.
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