Devon was a five-year-old when he learned that those headaches he was having were the result of a cancerous tumor behind his eye. But thanks to his family and good doctors, he survived. Or did he? The Castle is the story of his reminiscences, especially of the crystal chess set he got as a gift after his surgery. But then one of the pieces fell to the floor and shattered. Which piece? The castle, or rook as some call it. Suddenly, Devon awakens in a strange land where he finds a real castle - and some of the same people he knew in his childhood. What is real and what is not? Is he alive or dead? It's a story that will keep you wondering....
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Survival, Love, and Hope Just finished this short and very entertaining tale from the mind of Omid Olfet, a truly creative writer. I found the subject matter of this story to be very insightful and heartfelt. Touching the real emotion of love and sorrow through the eyes of Devin, a young boy I could really relate to. I have a feeling all men and boys can. I really like how the main character, Devin, shares his scary childhood moments of life and the death of those he dearly loves. A confusing and sometimes uncertain journey most of us experience during our childhood. The emotions that make us who we are as adults. I felt the incorporation of life after death and its many mysteries created hope and curiosity throughout this great story. The Castle is the second book that I have read by this author. Once again my expectations were pleasantly surpassed as I read a story that I really enjoyed. Thanks for another well written, proofed, and edited story. I did not understand the cover art at first. However, now I appreciate the correlation to the story within. I recommend this book to everyone. Especially young readers and those who are children at heart. I am looking forward to more creative stories from this skilled author.
A jump down a rabbit hole story that will leave you questioning reality, The Castle by Omid Olfet is a story about a young boy who has cancer several times in his youth and must undergo surgery to remove tumors from his brain. However the dreams he appears to have while under anesthesia seem to coincide with reality or is reality coinciding with his dreams. What is real and what is not? This book will leave you questioning what you are reading and how it all ties together in the story. I do like the mystery involved in the book and the efforts at making this seem like An Alice in Wonderland meets The Phantom Tollbooth approach. The fantasy and imagery in the book is amazing and plays with the reader’s imaginations and interpretations of the story. The main character is easy to identify with as he appeals to the reader’s empathy for a young boy with cancer but also because he is adventurous and pushes the limits of the visons or reality he has. Because of the main character’s likability and ties to a close knit family it is also easy to identify with his other family members especially the special bond he and his grandpa share. There are some inconsistencies in the story that make it a little hard to follow. At one point the book mentions it is 1900 and somewhat has that feel in the writing yet the world it is set in is anything but 1900. There’s some unanswered questions and the reader will wonder how or at times even if what happened has played a significant role in the story and what the meaning of the imagery is. It can turn into quite an intellectual read with the imagery. The story is also a little rough in the way it is presented. The author writes in a way that somewhat talks to the audience but it just seems to come off a little odd in places. Overall I did enjoy the spirit of the story and the plot following the young boy through his cancer scares. The end of the story was mysterious and played into the whole twilight zone feel of the book which was great. Anyone who enjoys an intellectual fantasy story will enjoy this short novella.
Author, Omid Olfet, Combines Mystery, Fantasy And His Love Of Chess In The Wonderful New Book, The Castle The Castle is a tale of a boy who struggles with his diagnosis of cancer and other family problems. After receiving a chess set as a gift after his surgery, one of the chess pieces falls to the floor and breaks. The piece that falls? "The Castle." Devon is transported to a fantasy world of the "The Castle." Interesting, yet mystifying, the world of "The Castle" is a story within a story. This book is a quick read, only seventy-four pages, with a big impact. Light-hearted at times, yet piercing in others, this is a great read for children, young adults, and adults. The reader will be left with the question, Did Devon die or is he alive? Draw your own conclusion, but you will enjoy "The Castle!"