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A Warm Place to Call Home (A Demon's Story)
     

A Warm Place to Call Home (A Demon's Story)

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by Michael Siemsen
 

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As far as he call tell, Frederick is a demon. "Born" in Virginia in the early 1980s, he hasn't a clue where he came from or why, but his irresistible desire to occupy a human body seems pretty demony to him. Plus, a number of a-hole priests have tried to exorcise him from some of his favorite bodies. Yeah, it works, but not for the reasons they think. It's just super

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As far as he call tell, Frederick is a demon. "Born" in Virginia in the early 1980s, he hasn't a clue where he came from or why, but his irresistible desire to occupy a human body seems pretty demony to him. Plus, a number of a-hole priests have tried to exorcise him from some of his favorite bodies. Yeah, it works, but not for the reasons they think. It's just super annoying being yelled at in Latin, and sometimes the priests are way into it, and their mouths get all frothy and spittle droplets shoot out and land on your cheek or in your eye. It's gross.

So f--k it. He leaves. "Enjoy the drooly meat sack."

What those morons never realize is that once Frederick takes over a body, the previous occupant's consciousness and memories are forever erased. It's an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to actually halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. Departures are not so much "Good lord, what have I done?" moments, but more like "Aww. How sad." Frowny face emoji - not crying face emoji. You get the point.

In various bodies, Frederick explores the world for decades, aimless, sampling cultures and experiencing life through the perspectives of males and females, young and old, rich and poor. Prostitution proves especially enjoyable for a while, but he eventually finds thievery and pickpocketing also offer a delightful rush. Of course, it's crucial for one to be able to jump ship when caught stealing or when things start getting itchy down there, so he wouldn't recommend said lifestyles to the average fellow or ... gal. Is it gal? Seems like gal goes with guy.

Burnt out on the wild life, Frederick decides he'll return to America, explore the mystery of his origin, and maybe even find someone tolerable enough to love for more than a month. In his "hometown" of Leesburg, Virginia, his mission bears fruit much faster than expected. He meets an enchanting creature named Melanie, and her boyfriend, Joseph, looks like a perfect fit. Frederick isn't big on maintaining a bodies' prior relationships (it requires lengthy, boring pre-research to avoid detection) but, as we know, he's loose with the phrase "f--k it."

Frederick takes Joseph's body and everything works out perfectly! Except for Joseph's job as a US Postal Inspector. And Joseph's relationship with his brother and family. And, well, a few little problems with Melanie ... and OKAY FINE, everything goes to utter shit! But you're gonna want to read how all this goes down. I mean, look at all those awards and reviews down there! Unless you're deeply offended by naughty words and a couple brief, awkward descriptions of semi-hot demon-possessed-human–on–human sex, you're pretty much guaranteed to fall in love with Frederick. So says Frederick. } ; )

WINNER:
Next Generation Indie Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy
Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards
Novel Grounds Literary Awards
Voice Arts Awards (SOVAs) (2015) - Best Narration
Kindle Book Award for Literary Fiction (Semi-Finalist)

KIRKUS REVIEWS calls it "A well-spun, engaging...supernatural tale...with a devilishly ambiguous ending."

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
"Prepare yourself to root for what's wrong and to hope for the worst"
"Draws you in from the outset..."
"I love him! He's a jerk! I love him!"
"...couldn't put it down until the last page was turned."
"...a moving story, and all-too-real."
"engaging characters, interesting settings, plot twists galore, and a very satisfying ending."

Editorial Reviews

IndieHeart Reviews
"An entertaining read that lifts itself above the usual standards of the genre."
http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2013/10/warm-place-to-call-home-demons-story-michael-siemsen.html - Caffeinated Book Reviewer
"In your face ... disturbing, and wholly addicting."
Caffeinated Book Reviewer
"In your face ... disturbing, and wholly addicting."
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/michael-siemsen/a-warm-place-to-call-home/ - Kirkus Reviews
"A well-spun, engaging supernatural tale...with a devilishly ambiguous ending."
Kirkus Reviews
"A well-spun, engaging supernatural tale...with a devilishly ambiguous ending."
http://www.indieheart.com/a-warm-place-to-call-home/ - IndieHeart Reviews
"An entertaining read that lifts itself above the usual standards of the genre."
Beth Allen Review
"This is not a predictable demon story and kept my interest until the very last paragraph!"
http://www.bethallen1949.com/2013/05/blog-tour-review-warm-place-to-call.html - Beth Allen Review
"This is not a predictable demon story and kept my interest until the very last paragraph!"

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016322063
Publisher:
Fantome Publishing
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
A Demon's Story
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
138,258
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Siemsen is the USA Today bestselling author of 7 novels including The Dig, A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story), and Exigency. His latest novel is Frederick & Samuel, the 3rd book in the Demon's Story series. He lives in Northern California with "the wife," "the kids," "the dog," "that cat," and he occasionally wears pants.

www.michaelsiemsen.com
facebook.com/mcsiemsen
twitter: @michaelsiemsen

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A Warm Place to Call Home 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Mountain_Muse More than 1 year ago
Once again Michael Siemsen has forced his reader to think outside the box and leave the comfort zone of the traditional story line.  But this time he is not jumping across time and dancing us through history with wonderful discoveries of archaeological finds while leading us on wild rides through hair raising adventures. This time Michael has delved into a new genre and dared us to look at who a demon is, in a different light.  Just how long can you hold out hating this guy?  And just who is he?  Is he a fallen being from another dimension that has found himself trapped in our time and space and having to contend with what is here?  But then... Michael has never been one for staying inside the lines.  That's why I enjoy reading his novels so much.  I never know where the turn of the next page is going to take me.  What twist in the narrative he has plotted to throw me for a loop and send me back a few pages to rethink my misconceptions of his character.  I LOVE IT. Michael is a writer for the thinker, a lover of mysteries (more ways than one), and has a wonderful way of weaving his story so that you can't put down the book till the last page has been turned... with full plans to pick it up and re-read it and figure out how you missed the clues.  
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
If you have read Michael Siemsen's other books, know that this one is completely different. It's about a demon named Frederick. It's not scary, but maybe just a little creepy. But, Frederick is not the bad guy; far from it. I know what you are thinking: how can that be? he's a demon for Pete's sake! Just read the book and then tell me I'm wrong. Message me and then tell me that you don't think that Frederick is an awesome demon and that you wish you could read more about his history and future. I don't know what Mr. Siemsen has planned for Frederick, but I can't wait to find out what it is. I will be patiently waiting (ok, maybe not patiently!).
DaleCT More than 1 year ago
Okay, I actually fluctuated on this rating, because while interesting and well-written and had a great voice and tone, we have to face facts. Frederick's a dick. Seriously. Must be that ingrained demon essentia or something, but it's kind of hard to emphasize with or like a dick. Of course, once you read the whole book, then you go, "Oh! I see now!" Yeah, it's that kind of book. You have to read the whole thing to understand Frederick and where he's coming from (or, in this instance, where he "came" from). The sex scenes? I don't know if Frederick thinking he "was the man" in the sack was written tongue-in-cheek, or if Frederick was really supposed to be that good in the sack, because as written? Nope. Didn't do it for me. LOL The jury is still out on what the author intended on that score. (Score! Yeah, I said it...) Plot-wise, it started off slooooowwwwww. I could have used a little less of Frederick's inner musings to get on with the story. There's a lot of inner musings in the beginning, however, there are some doozy plot twists at the end. The book made like a pretzel and played with your mind, man. And you really want to blow your mind? It will be properly blown when you literally read the last line of the book. That had me stewing and thinking for *days*. Now that's the kind of ending that sticks with you. So, despite the main character getting off to a sketchy start, the book ended with a solid 4 stars.
Jagged_Little_Phil More than 1 year ago
Deeply moved. I have completed reading A Warm Place... for the second time and enjoyed it in an entirely different way than the first. The first read earns you the surprise of the twists, the enjoyment of the characters, the surface story. Now upon a second pass, knowing how it all turns out, there are details and clues strewn throughout the book, from the very beginning, only now illuminated, as if receiving a wink from an author now that we were in the same place. But beyond that, this is a moving story, and all-too-real. The characters, Frederick...an unknowingly insecure free-wheeling sex-addict. Melanie, a heartbreaking self-aware soul just looking for an inkling of happiness. James, a fear-filled control-freak with his own demons. It is these very real people that make the book and keep you from ever having to suspend disbelief. In retrospect, this novel may be the tale of a demon, but this is only a mask atop the reality of self-discovery and buried sadness, a shield perhaps used by the author telling his own story of anguish, because truly its a tale of broken people overcoming, just finding a warm place to call home.
jcarvara More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Michael Siemsen!  Yet another book I have read by him that is not of my typical genre, yet I couldn't put it down. I'm officially a fan! 
ClevelandBill More than 1 year ago
As many of you know who have read my other reviews, I'm a big fan of Michael's earlier books The Dig and The Opal. Interesting characters, unusual situations, great storytelling - this is what I've come to expect from Michael. I'm always a little nervous when an author changes direction, but I shouldn't have been in this case. A Warm Place to Call Home was as good a read as the others with engaging characters, interesting settings, plot twists galore and a very satisfying ending. Highly recommended!
a-non-i-mouse More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this author's previous works and so thought I would give this new book a try. Far exceeded my expectations and solidified my opinion of Michael Siemsens skill and style. Frederick has got to be one of my top 5 favorite characters in books.
scourt More than 1 year ago
Such a fun twisted story that had me guessing until the end. I loved it and can’t wait to read more from Michael!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days. I flew through it. I had read both of the authors previous books and was scratching my head at the thought of A Warm Place as it was such a huge departure in content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Props to the author. Very suprising idea and good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unexpected treat. Now re-reading and telling every person I know to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique storyline that not only reels you in but causes you to become emotionally involved... a unique combination today. Kudos to Michael Siemsen for yet another gangbuster novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first - but ten pages in, I was hooked. The prose was more "Iron Druid" than "Cryptomnicon", I prefer the latter or this would have been 5 stars.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
I had the good fortune to have to work some overtime at work, where I listen to a majority of my audio books, and somehow was able to be left unbothered for the entirety of A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story, only taking my ear buds out to go to the bathroom. We are presented with a story of Fredrick, a demon, that asks us to decide if he is the protagonist or antagonist of this tale. The whole story is presented from his point of view, he only remembers when he started to exist and doesn't know how he came to be or why. Spending much time jumping from person to person to experience different things, upon leaving the bodies the people who once were are left as mere shell. Then he finds Melanie, he is instantly infatuated with and seeks a way to be the focus of her attention, something he can only do with a body, not just any body though, he had to find one that she was already familiar with and preferably already involved with. Thus Fredrick begins to weave a very tangled web of deceit, love and loss and love again, jealously, a full gamut of feelings and emotions. Not sure if it means that there is something wrong with me but I was able to identify and relate to Fredrick on so may different levels, I developed my own feelings for Melanie, I laughed out loud, cried on the inside, got angry and felt sympathy, therefore a complete success for Siemsen becuase being able to play with so many of my emotions is not easy. A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story is a highly imaginative unique paranormal love story that was compelling enough to keep me interested and engaged, while there were a few areas that lingered too long, I was not disappointed at all. As for Fredrick's question, protagonist or antagonist, I have my answer what is yours? Audiobook provided for review by the publisher. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com
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A Warm Place To Call Home is an excellent read. I enjoyed the way the author fleshed out the originally cynical view of the world that the main character had and how he found himself in the end. I would also highly recommend his books, The Dig and The Opal.
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Ok, I have to admit I purchased this on a whim. I enjoyed it more than I thought I might, but like to read a lot of different kinds of fiction. This is a very weird concept, but was totally different than what I anticipated. Enjoyed the twist at the end, but not really crazy about the ending of the book.
TomQ More than 1 year ago
A fun romp with a different kind of Demon. Not my favorite Michael Siemsen tale, but still well worth your time. This is not your average fictional demon. Good story with some unexpected plot twists. Not scary at all, unless you contemplate the consequences of having demons in the world with these particular characteristics.
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