Saturday, August 23, 2014

Book Review: The Wishing Stone by Tegon Maus

The Wishing Stone (The Eve Project, book 2)
By Tegon Maus
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Published: August 10, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

During that last summer, as if in punishment for being happy, Kate was diagnosed with cervical cancer. 
The last time we used the wishing stone was at the hospital the morning she died. 

On that day, all three of us made a silent wish, certain the others had wished the same. Kate died that afternoon and I never thought about it again. It was the last time I believed in magic, in love or in the existence of God. 

Then, after three miserable lonely years, the unthinkable, a second chance... Warwick.

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My Thoughts:

Ben Harris is afflicted with B.C.E.D. Biochemical Electrical Discharge, a condition where he spontaneously gives off electrical shocks. He tends to damage electronic equipment like televisions, radios, computers, cell phones and so on. His condition has gotten worse over time. His genius brother-in-law Roger has developed inhibitors for him which help to prevent the discharges, but they are happening with more frequent regularity and they are getting worse.

Roger wants him to go to ostensibly to work on a better solution for Ben. Once Ben gets there however, Ben discovers that’s not the real reason the Roger wants him there. Roger wants a second chance at life with his dead wife Kate, and he needs Ben’s B.C.E.D. to make it happen.

While The Wishing Stone is the sequel to The Machines of the Little People, part of The Eve Project series, it also does well as a stand-alone novel. Some supporting characters in the book are a little quirky and this adds a sort of unique trademark to Mr. Maus’ novels. Many of the characters are not who they seem to be and that is part of the interesting twist in this novel.

The Wishing Stone is a thought-provoking novel in that with all the rapid advances in medical and scientific break-throughs, how long will it be before someone attempts to do what Roger attempts in this novel?

I thought that the pacing of this novel was good. The plot twists and turns were unexpected and intriguing. I enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters. The dialogue between characters felt natural.

I very much enjoyed The Wishing Stone. I gave this novel 4 stars out of 5. I would recommend this novel to science fiction fans.

Thank you to the author who provided a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

            I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else... devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn't friendly, I just wasn't "people orientated". Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

         The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can't remember what it was about... something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

         It wasn't a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. "Be as detailed as you can," we were told.

         I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it's making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn't be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of "it could happen" very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

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