On the Isle of Sound and Wonder

On the Isle of Sound and Wonder

by Alyson Grauer

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BN ID: 2940155077268
Publisher: Xchyler Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 982 KB

About the Author

Alyson Grauer is a storyteller in multiple mediums, her two primary canvases being the stage and the page. On stage she is often seen in the Chicago area, primarily at Piccolo Theatre, Plan 9 Burlesque, and the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Her nonfiction work has been published in the Journal for Perinatal Education for Lamaze International. Her short fiction can be found in Tales from the Archives (Volume 2) for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and in two anthologies from Xchyler Publishing, Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology and Legends and Lore: an Anthology of Mythic Proportions. Alyson is a proud graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and hails originally from Milwaukee, WI. This is her first novel.

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On the Isle of Sound and Wonder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
cani-jo More than 1 year ago
I will admit Steampunk intimidates me. I’m afraid of gadgetry and mechanization that is, basically, over my head. My imagination is so fanciful I need magic in my stories. So, I was slightly intimidated when I picked up On the Isle of Sound and Wonder. But I’m a sucker for covers and LOOK AT THE COVER!! I’m in AWE! My fears quickly vanished. Grauer marries both magic and mechanics into an intelligent, well-crafted, seamless retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I was immediately drawn into a vivid world of mysterious voodoo magic, flying airships, and intellectual automatons, who if I can say this, reminding me a lot of adorable Baymax.  In comparing the Shakespearean work, Grauer’s love and understanding of the original text shines through with her careful crafting and storytelling. There is more intensity with both relationships, depth of characters, and heightened danger among the island that cannot be translated to the stage. As a novel, the back stories of several characters can come to light, which I really enjoyed and kept the action and story moving. She didn’t veer so far from the play that you wouldn’t recognize it, but highlighted its potential, pleasing the Shakespearean connoisseur in me. Grauer’s clever play with names, places, and features complement the original text. Mira (modern Miranda) proved a strong interpretation of a growing young woman facing the harsh island life, and is a valiant example of a sacrificial heroine any girl could aspire to. I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Alyson Grauer at Salt City Steamfest last July and she is just as colorful and lively as her book.  I loved . . . LOVED this book!
S_E_Seeley More than 1 year ago
The further I read, the more I liked this book. I’m not familiar with Shakespear’s The Tempest, as it happens, but the human strengths and, particularly, weaknesses and ignorances in each character compacted with layers of schemes that start to unravel in the worst way is something Sound and Wonder shares unmistakably in common with the classic playwright’s style. Aly’s spin revolves around the shipwrecked crew of an airship, a neglected young girl, a magically deformed boy, a devious air spirit, a midwife witch, and a nobleman whose magical ambition plunges all of their lives into utter chaos. The descriptions and voice Aly infuses into this story have a bright, delightful quality that really draws out the wonder of this alternate universe where automaton butlers and magical fays are not-so-quietly at work in the background of the drama. At the same time, the story possesses some dark, serious subject matter. The story becomes gut-wrenching as the connections between characters and their fates come together. Very entertaining. Read it! Also…isn’t the cover art just amazing? If for no other reason, get yourself a copy of this book so you can stare at the gorgeous cover for a while.