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review 2015-06-08 07:50
The Dead Hamlets
The Dead Hamlets - Peter Roman

Something is wrong with the play of Hamlet. At each and every production of it, mysterious accidents happen. Deadly accidents. Whatever cursed the play, it's killing the Faeries. Immortal Cross is summoned to help stop the haunting, with a very intense incentive. His, somewhat weirdly rebirthed daughter has to play Ophelia in all upcoming performances.


I really quite liked this one. It was weird, but in a good way. I had, especially in the beginning no clue about what was going on. It turned out this is not the first book about Cross, which might explain why I felt like I'd missed a lot. While trying to solve whatever is wrong with the Hamlet play Cross himself also gets hunted by a team of old death Gods like Osiris and helped by a lot of literary characters, like Shakespeare and Alice (from The Wonderland).


A great many references to history and literature. A very fast-paced read that was never dull. I would definitely read the next book in this series. (Or try to get myself a copy of the first book).


The Dead Hamlets is the second book around Cross. The first book in the Book of Cross series is called The Mona Lisa Sacrifice.


Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2015-05-03 14:15
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
The Mona Lisa Sacrifice - Peter Roman

This is really good.   It's the soul stuck in the body Christ once inhabited, who yearns for the grace he's lost and can only regain by killing angels and stealing their grace.   It's got gorgons, and other gods, and whatever Alice is.   


It's surreal and bounces between the narrator's past and present which I usually get annoyed by.   This time, however, the author differentiates between the two without me being aware that he's doing it while I'm reading.  


It's creative and has a sparse yet at times almost poetic prose, and I'm absolutely loving this.   

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text 2015-03-15 00:02
Ebooks now 50% off
The Dead Hamlets - Peter Roman
The Mona Lisa Sacrifice - Peter Roman

My publisher ChiZine is selling all their ebooks at 50% off until Sunday, March 15th, to make up for the technical difficulties as they switch ebook distributors for Kindle, etc.

Get The Mona Lisa Sacrifice, the first book in the Cross series, for $5.

Get The Dead Hamlets, the sequel to The Mona Lisa Sacrifice, for $5.

That’s right, you can get each book for less than the price of a Starbucks drink. And they’re better for you than that Starbucks junk. Well, better for your body. The books are probably kind of harmful for your mind….

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text 2015-03-15 00:00
On creative interruptions
The Dead Hamlets - Peter Roman

I was recently interviewed at The Interruption, where I talked with Sean Cranbury about “the problems with genre, the difficult confinement of literary fiction, and the freedom allowed by pseudonyms.” Bonus content: I also read from one of the crazier sections of my new book, The Dead Hamlets.

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review 2015-03-08 15:42
The Dead Hamlets by Peter Roman
The Dead Hamlets - Peter Roman
T I T L E: The Dead Hamlets
A U T H O R: Peter Roman
P U B L I S H E R: Diamond Book Distributors; ChiZine Publications
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 3, 2015
I S B N: 9781771483162
Sci-Fi, Fantasy

When something tied to the play Hamlet starts killing of faeries in the court of Morgana, the faerie queen, they turn to the immortal Cross to help save them. Cross is not only a thief, but he’s a drunk as well as an angel killer. He certainly isn’t a friend to the faerie court either. The queen stole his daughter, then forced her to “live” among them. In order to save her from being the next victim, he is forced to unravel the mystery. But, time is not on his side. As he races to gather clues to in order to put a stop to the murders, he comes into contact with quite an array of not only odd but lethal characters. He encounters the real Witches from MacBeth, the spirit of the now dead playwright Christopher Marlowe who also happened to be a demon hunter, a very eccentric Alice in Wonderland and a scholar who is not only magical but a bit of a lunatic. Not to mention of course, William Shakespeare. As all the bizarre events unfold, he finds himself in a trap he may never be able to get out of, let alone save his daughter.


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