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The Muse

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Stan Marino needs a muse.He's written himself into a corner...again.A shot of inspiration is all he needs to finish his story...where is he going to find it?What Stan doesn't know: Inspiration has found him.And it's about to take over his life.Ripped from reality, he must lead a band of lost soulsin a life-or-death battle with a merciless enemy.Stan has found his muse, but ...more
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R. L. Copple
Apr 25, 2010 R. L. Copple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Muse, by Fred Warren, takes the reader into the world of muses, thus the title. Stan is a writer who’s having trouble figuring out where to go with his story. His writer’s group, consisting of Davos and Jilly, are also struggling. Then along comes Leila, and suddenly they’re able to not only get their stories back on track, but find buyers and break into the big time. But how? And more importantly, why?

That’s the engine for this story as the seemingly innocent events grow to dangerous propor
H.A. Titus
Apr 11, 2011 H.A. Titus rated it really liked it
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Creativity can't kill--or can it?

In Fred Warren's book, The Muse, creativity is a deadly serious thing. The story starts out with Stan--an ordinary guy working an ordinary job, who aspires to be a fantasy writer--meeting with his writing friends, a paranormal author named Jilly and a science fiction writer named Davos. As they commiserate over being stalled in their various works-in-progress, a sweet librarian-looking lady stumbles into their meeting. She introduces herself as Leila Starling, a
Fred Warren
Mar 18, 2010 Fred Warren added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I wrote this book, so I can't provide an objective review, but here are some comments from folks who have read it:

“What would you do to fulfill your artistic dreams? Fred Warren offers a humorous, yet mysterious, twist on the journey to success that warns: if the deal is too good to be true, it likely is. The Muse is unique and imaginative.” — NovelTeen Book Reviews

“I give The Muse two thumbs up, with a gold star for family friendliness, a gold star for originality, a gold star for plot, and a s
Kat Heckenbach
Jul 14, 2010 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Stan Marino needs a muse. He's written himself into a corner...again. A shot of inspiration is all he needs to finish his story ...where is he going to find it? What Stan doesn't know: Inspiration has found him. And it's about to take over his life. Ripped from reality, he must lead a band of lost souls in a life-or-death battle with a merciless enemy. Stan has found his muse, but will he survive it?"

I did this a little differently--the above is the actual back cover blurb. I normally don't use
Kerry Nietz
I think the most appropriate word to describe Mr. Warren's book is "fun", because from beginning to end that's what it is. The Muse is a tightly-written, easy-to-read jaunt reminiscent of the best episodes of TV's "The Twilight Zone" or "Amazing Stories". The book doesn't waste a lot of words, but marches straight through the plot, one which I found both logical and sincere.

I don't know that I've ever read a book where the idea of inspiration and one's "muse" was such an important part. I found
D.M. Dutcher
A fun novel about inspiration gone bad. I wanted more of the beginning and end, and a little less of the middle though.

Stan is a struggling fantasy writer who meets with two other writer friends in a local coffee shop. They drown their sorrows in coffee and support each other, critiquing their work and giving feedback. One day a girl named Leila overhears them, and offers to help them out. Leila is a part-time editoral staffer, and soon the three writers find themselves inspired and having good
Jun 08, 2012 Lyndon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fred Warren's The Muse is a heart warming fairy tale that moves from reality to creative imagination and back again while expertly weaving together plot, setting, and characters - obviously the key elements in any good story. This short novel is a nicely accomplished metafiction (a story about storytelling), which is difficult to pull off, from my perspective. Many novel-themed novels can be self-conscious and this one isn't due to Warren's unpretentious third person voice and likability of Stan ...more
Lisa Godfrees
Mar 26, 2013 Lisa Godfrees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parts of The Muse reminded me of an old Stephen King story, The Library Policeman. I had to stop reading Stephen King after Misery because most of his books are too scary for me. Thankfully, The Muse was entertaining and thought provoking without the side of fear.

Fred Warren's book is about a small writer's group that is befriended by a helpful editor. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen to each member. At first good, then troubling, then scary, the friends try to figure out what is happeni
Jill Williamson
Jun 18, 2010 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stan Marino and his friends Jilly and Davos make up the Seventh Circle of Hell
Writers' Society, a threesome critique group that meets at the Pensive Aardvark bookshop. Stan is working on his fantasy epic, Taron's Crusade, Jilly writes vampire romances, and Davos writes science fiction and all things spacey. While discussing Stan's latest bout of writer's block at a meeting, Leila Starling interrupts with the perfect solution. Stan is so thrilled to have solved his writing crisis that he invites
Jennifer Hartz
Aug 13, 2012 Jennifer Hartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stan is a writer stuck in the web of Writer's Block. He's not the only one. His two critique partners are just as stuck as he is. Along comes a mousey little woman named Leila who seems to have some real inspiration for the three friends. With Leila's help things start to turn around and exciting deals are being made, but is Leila what she seems to be?

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I cold totally put myself into this story! I think any writer could. We've all been there… Writer's Block! More than that tho
Matt Andersen
Stan Marino and his struggling writer friends find sudden success when they bump into Leila, a literary agent/talent scout of sorts, at their favorite coffee shop. As a new stream of creativity begins to flow through Stan, he realizes something is amiss, but how can he stop? Success and pride assuage his concerns as he comes to learn the supernatural price of Leila's assistance.

Mr. Warren executes the classic slippery slope, bit by bit descent into oblivion story very well. I found myself consta
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I was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent most of my formative years in California, where my parents pastored a couple of small churches. I graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983, and spent 22 years in the Air Force as a bomber navigator, flight-test navigator, and military educator. I retired from the Air Force in 2007, and I now work as a government contractor in eastern Kansas, pro ...more
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