THE SYMPHONY BEGINS
Midway through the dull, grey journey of college, Victor Roland, a high-functioning autistic, is dragged into his own world of sword and steam. Here, the year is 1884, by Imperial reckoning.
In the shadows of its cathedrals, a series of grisly murders sweep the metropolis of Holy Gothica. Soon after his descent, Victor learns of portals in televisions, where daemons lurk in an abyss shrouded in fog, and emerge when blackouts wrack the city. But when he discovers that his friends from “reality” — Charles Garner, a middle-aged “connoisseur of cannabis,” and, Beatrice Morrison, a biker with a goth streak — are trapped in here, Victor resolves to find them, lest they wind up kidnapped by, “the Dollmaker,” and slaughtered behind the screens.
Fortunately, Victor awakens to the power of Geist — to summon a living facet of his own psyche, to battle the evil born of everyone’s souls. A power that earns him a chance to find his dear friends, and perhaps even a way home …
Whimsical, humorous yet terrifying, Geist: Prelude will hold readers long into the night and pave the road for a series of dark fantasy and gothic dystopia.
|Publisher:||World Castle Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)|
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It's rare to see a young writer spring onto the genre fiction scene as capable as Fallon O'Neill. Geist: Prelude shows all the hallmarks of the first novel in what will grow to be a classic series, on par with the Wheel of Time or Game of Thrones series. The characters are vivid and unique, rather than cookie-cutter archetypes we are given individuals so dynamically human that you find yourself rushing through page after page, unable to divest yourself of this magical little book, searching for more information on the fate of these fictional people you've grown to care about. This journey is not merely the story of a callow youth on the heroe's journey. It's the story of an outsider who would risk everything to protect those few people he calls friends. Among the dross that dreams about being the Dresden Files or something similar, this book is an actual contender for modern classic.
I haven't finished this novel yet, but I can't put it down. Oneill has a unique perspective and takes you through a whirlwind of adventure and vivid emotions. Love it, highly recommended.
Talk about an engaging debut novel, this 24 year old author lives up to the promise of his Irish name. Fallon O'Neill is the 'urban fantasy writer' to watch. I’m not normally a fan of genre fiction, but by page 22 I was smitten with the fearless, mortorcyle-riding ‘Beatrice' and would have liked to have seen more of her in this fast-paced, gothic yarn. This said, ‘Victor ’ the lead character, is an enjoyable protagonist. As a feminist, I especially appreciated his feminist sensibilities. - Marsha Coupe
Whether your tipple is Harry Potter magicke and Game of Thrones smackdowns or your quaff of choice runs more to a steam-punk-gothic cocktail of scientific Jules Verneian verisimilitude, you’ll find much to enjoy in this debut novel of a trio of unlikely human and mechanical anti-heroes who find themselves suddenly thrown together on a common quest to rid the world of evil; each seeking (and maybe even finding) his own individual redemption along the way. BUT, you don't have to be a genre fan at all to appreciate Fallon O’Niell’s cinematic story-telling in Geist Prelude – He engages you from the get-go, introducing you to a slew of quirky characters who wend their way in a weirdly limned, vividly evocative Tim Burton-meets-Charles Addams-meets Hieronymus Bosch world that's so easily conjured in your mind's eye the scenes could be lifted right off the page and incarnated as a graphic novel, podcast or film. True, you'll enjoy this quest story simple of itself, but the more you ARE steeped in different literary genres, films, music and the arts in general, the more you'll revel in the artistic homages O'Neill liberally laces into the story. I imbibed Geist twice to write this and found it readily yielded unexpected new allusive pleasures I'd missed the first time around midst the author's Dickensian delight in onomatopoeic sibilant alliterative word play. And the synergies between O'Neill's detailed world and say, films like Kurt Wimmer's “Equilibrium,” Michael Radford's “1984,” Spielberg's “Minority Report,” Truffault's “Fahrenheit 451,” Orson Welles' “The Trial,” et. al!, just to name a few! What an eclectic education this young polymath from California must've had to write such wondrous strange stuff! We open in the present day waking world of a boring math class with dweeby, geeky oddball Victor, a fellow whom, at first, you don’t find at all sympathetic. While reading a well worn volume of Dante and ignoring the droning teacher, the hapless Victor is discombobulated and tongue tied by the loin-stirring goth girl sitting behind him, one Beatrice -- Aha! The hint of SEX and romance is in the offing? And even betwixt some very sentient droids we soon will meet? You betcha -- Even this slightly older than “young adult’s” pupils dilate in anticipation. After a post beer-and-artisan-cheese induced stupor chez his favorite pub, Victor finds himself precariously clinging to Beatrice from behind, as she madly but expertly tools her ample hog along the highway at a brisk 85 mph. A crash. The two potential trysters fly through the air de-paired and, along with Victor's perennial third wheel wingman in the sidecar, Charles, are thrown into the sunless iron-domed realm of Holy Gothica, circa 1884, at least by Imperial time reckoning. Definitely not Kansas anymore, Victor swiftly observes. Surprisingly, Victor grows on you. So do his off-putting hostile hosts, Thaddeus and Leng, Holy inquisitors and priestly guardians of Gothica who seekVictor out under orders to take him in tow certainly as a person of interest, if not outright enemy of the state. I finished this first of the trilogy and wanted MORE -- Just as Dickens does in his cliffhangers in the monthly installments of his novels, O'Neill leaves you clamoring for what's next -- We NEED to know what will become of our reluctant hero and his guardians, their friends and nemeses, and the way off-kilter Dr.Caligarian Holy Gothica, let alone its treacherous empress.
In Mr. O'Neill's debut novel Geist Prelude he does an incredible job of weaving together relatable characters, culture references and classic saga thrills in the likes of Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit and Harry Potter (in that epic story "coming of age" way.) I really enjoyed his fresh take on magic use and the detail with which Mr. O'Neill constructed his world. I don't want to spoil what I mean by explaining it, so you'll just have to read it for yourself, but the clue is in the title. I also loved his fresh take on symbolism; tarot cards, gaming dice, a shillelagh and more. All five main characters are fresh and interesting. The main protagonist Victor is flawed, but likable. The same goes for the other two main characters. And don't get me started on leaving me hanging on what happens to Beatrice! I can't wait for book two to find out. If it's anything like Charles's events then I'm very excited about it. I heard Mr. O'Neill read bits of his book in person and let me just say... um... AUDIO BOOK PLEASE! He has an amazing talent for voice acting and I'd buy an audio version of this book immediately if it was available. I can't wait for the other two books in the trilogy.