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Posted November 15, 2013
I got this book from Early Reviewers for an honest review.
The Cornerstone is a spooky novel about a college theater doing a play on Marlowe's Faust. It involves banshees, sacrifices and even Mephistopheles himself. Set in modern times, yet the story begins in ye olde England. This is a great spooky book.
Posted March 15, 2013
I really wanted to love this story more but I had a hard time getting excited about this book. It is a story about a theater company and bad things happening to the actors. This book had all the makings of a great horror novel but I don't blame the author on this one. This story just wasn't for me. The author does a good job of building the characters and the plots were very vivid. I plan on reading this book again near the end of the year to give it another chance and I will also read other books from this author in the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2013
This story dances through history in a completely engaging manner. I enjoyed the historical episodes as much at the current story and thought the characters to be interesting and believable. The settings are well described and, while the writing style was a bit rough here and there, it was a very enjoyable story. I look forward to reading more of this author's writings. I hesitate to say more for fear of letting something slip, but once I started this book it was very difficult to put it down. I did win this review copy, but that has not influenced my opinion of this very entertaining tale.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2013
Scene 1 starts in the 16th century, Elizabethan England with John Dee, counselor to the Queen, along with Monsieur C who conspire with a witch,Radha O Braonain, to see if they can capture a banshee...the theory is that if they can do this they can live forever.
Fade out to modern day Atlanta Georgia...the Janus Theatre where the Mummer's Theatrical Company is rehearsing for the play, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, written by Christopher Marlowe about a man whovsells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge.
The primary character is Claire Porter who is a paramedic by day and volunteers with the Mummer's Theatrical Company at night. Things start happening that don't make sense and Claire starts to question the things around her...to the point that her own life and those around her are in danger.
The author blends Celtic mythology with the creepy story of Dr. Faustus to make for a thrilling and suspenseful story. A real page turner...I loved it.
Posted January 25, 2013
The story is starting out in old Irland a couple of hundred years ago as an old pagan fairy tale. This start is important because the whole story which is taking place in our days is based on this inception. The most part of the story takes place in Atlanta at the Janus Theatre where a group is rehearsing the play <i>The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe</i>
. Like in this play where Faustus sold his soul to Mephistoteles, in the Irish fairy tale had Christopher Marlowe sold his soul, too. He is the owner of the Janus Theatre and the director of this play and also the keeper of an old stone which is in the basement of the theatre. During the rehearsal the old vow from the early Irish time starts to break. An interesting aspect was that it took me a while to find out which characters were from the old time and which are only related to the present.
(3 1/2 stars)